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A Hand to Guide ME Hardcover – 20 Jan 2007

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books; First Edition edition (20 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696230496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696230493
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kehinde on 11 Nov. 2009
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I bought this book because Denzel is my favourite Hollywood actor. When I found out that it was not his autobiography I was disappointed at first. When I started reading the book. I found out that it was about unsung heroes,I was pleasantly surprised. I am a mentor in UK schools in England and I always wonder what my students will say about me when they are older. This book sings the praises of parents, teachers and local people in the community. Who are often not given the credit they so richly deserve. Brilliant book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edrissa Jarju on 13 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I expected an full account of the actor's life, it turned out to be a number of short accounts about some famous people on what in their life's experiences changed or had most impact on them.
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By morris adam on 30 Mar. 2015
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This book is filled with interesting inspirational stories 10 Nov. 2006
By Robert G Yokoyama - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This story is filled with stories from people from all different occupations, and the special individuals who have influenced them to achieve their dreams. Actor Denzel Washington was influenced by a professor named Bob Stone, whose letter of recommendation gave him the confidence he needed as an actor. I loved the contributions from people who are not famous like Kelly Zimmerman Lane. She learned the importance of hard work from her single mother, an incredible woman who worked three jobs to support her three daughters. I enjoyed the story of Notre Dame president Reverend Edward Malloy, whose love of learning and reading was instilled in him by his grade school teacher.

There are numerous stories of people who belonged to a Boys and Girls club. This wonderful organization has influenced so many people to succeed in life. I enjoyed the story of surgeon Patrick Kelly. He learned the value of patience and staying calm from a fellow doctor. He also learned to cultivate these traits from his childhood mentor at a Boy and Girls club. Attorney Socrates De La Cruz learned the importance of setting goals from a special person at the Boys and Girls club named Steve Kelly.

There are many contributions from famous people in this book. I loved the contribution from Olympic gymnast Dommique Dawes. She learned the value of hard work and discipline from her coach. Singer Bonnie Raitt learned the importance of maintaining relationships with people and staying healthy physically from the excellent example her parents provided for her. Actor Daryl Mitchell learned to how continue to enjoy life from fellow actor Christopher Reeve, after a motorcycle accident made Mitchell physically disabled. All the stories in this book are so touching and inspirational. I really enjoyed it.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and inspiring - very well done :-) 2 Nov. 2006
By Little Miss Cutey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a compilation of personal stories about the men and women who have mentored some of the best and brightest people in America. Much of the profit of this book go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. It's really a testiment to true role models in life.

There are stories in here about Bill Clinton, Tara Lipinski, Whoopie Goldberg (it really covers all kinds of celebrities and non-celebrities). He looks at some of his friends even, like Debbie Allen, and he Antwone Fisher. It is so amazing and interesting to see what and who has influenced people and helped them on their way. There are little personal glimpses in Denzel's own life. His push in the world came at the Boys Club in Mount Vernon, NY. Billy Thomas ran the Boys Club there and he was a helping hand in Denzel's life. He talks about how we are all destined to leave a mark in the world and that we might miss that mark from time to time unless we get a little helping hand from people we know.

You must go and get a copy of this becaus it really is fascinating and inspirational. It makes you realise that no one in the world makes it on their own - they all have had a helping hand whether it has been big or small and being that we recognise a lot of the people in the book, it is great to see how they have gotten to where they are now and how their lives have changed due to people they've known. I really love this and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational Experience 28 Jan. 2007
By Marjorie Buntin - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was the most inspirational book I have read in a long time that was not written by a well known religious person. The book gives one a rewarding experience that anyone can accomplish anything in life if you have confidence in yourself and trust those who continually encourage you to go forward with your life. There were so many people that I didn't know had common people behind them pushing them along the way. I was very surprised at the celebrities not being ashamed of telling their stories. This book would be a great asset for teens who are struggling with their lives to read. This book gave me confidence on some of the things that I have tried and did not believe that I made a difference in the young person's life. This book just makes me have even more respect for Mr. Washington on his views on life and his contributions to the young people. I will continue to be involved in the lives of other young people and help them acheive their goals as nuch as I possiblity can just as Mr. Washington. I wish him many more blessings from God and keep up the fantastic work. Remember that not only is God watching but many young males and females are watching yuou also. God Bless you and your family.

M. Buntin
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Mentoring for men is essential. 19 Feb. 2007
By Dr. Michael L. Peterlin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book to give as a gift to a young man you would like to influence. It indicates how important it is to have a hand to guide us in our development. Most of our patterns are learned from those we give attention to in our lives. It is crucial that these role models be positive and affirming.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring Connectivity! 3 Nov. 2006
By Peter Thomas Senese - Author. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful surprise reading through the pages of Denzel Washington's 'A Hand To Guide Me' is! Writing with humble fluidity, Washington shares with the world, and perhaps himself (?) how we all are connected to one another, and so, have a significant responsability to help those around us, with great emphasis paid attention to children. Through the Boys and Girls Club of America, Washington openly shares that he was able to find his own way, with the assistance of kind hands by others. The role of 'Mentoring' our youth is all about what this wonderfully inspirational book is all about, and Washington shares some unique stories about other high-profilers who have particiapted as mentors - which, in its own way, places seeds of activism in the mind of his readers. In a certain sense, this book helps clear the record of one of the world's greatest actors as being self-centered: clearly Washington is a private man with a giant heart and kind intent towards children. Well done.
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