Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations on Loving and Working for Children

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Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, is one of the most important moral leaders in America. Her first book, The Measure of Our Success was a #1 New York Times bestseller -- spending 16 weeks on the list, selling more than 450,000 copies and garnering spectacular praise from Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey. Guide My Feet, her long-awaited second book, continues her crusade for the well-being of America's children by providing a counterweight to the lesson society is teaching this generation of children -- to be soulless takers instead of empowered givers.

Guide My Feet is a collection of prayers and meditations gathered from Edelman's own holiday rituals and experiences and the writings of such inspiring leaders as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Frederick Douglass. It urges readers to commit to and pray for strength and patience, and offers solace and direction for parents troubled by the commercialism and violence running rampant in today's society. Filled with wisdom, compassion and understanding, it provides an important spiritual and moral resource all caregivers can turn to as they strive to instill values, integrity, self-discipline and faith in children.

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Marian W. Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and has been awarded numerous awards for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award. She and her husband, Peter Edelman, have three grown sons and live in Washington D.C.

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These prayers and lamentations, written or collected by the author, decry how little society invests in children and express compassion for mothers whose children are murdered, lost to drugs or hurt by family misfortunes. This sad and angry reading is softened by an introductory reminiscence of the author's childhood in a supportive, but segregated, community. Subtitled PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS ON LOVING AND WORKING FOR CHILDREN, this material is presented too rapidly for the number of words and the amount of information in each sentence. There are scarcely any pauses between paragraphs or even between major ideas. A slower reading and some musical transitions would help the listener appreciate these poems and prayers. T.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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