• Celebrations

  • Rituals of Peace and Prayer
  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long been hallmarks of Maya Angelou's poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. Whether offering hope in the darkest of nights or expressing sincere joy at the extraordinariness of the everyday, Maya Angelou has served as our common voice.

Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring "On the Pulse of Morning", read at President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration; the heartening "Amazing Peace", presented at the 2005 lighting of the national Christmas tree at the White House; "A Brave and Startling Truth", which marked the 50th anniversary of the United Nations; and "Mother", which beautifully honors the first woman in our lives.

Angelou writes of celebrations public and private; included in this volume are a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew and a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey.

More than a writer, Angelou is a chronicler of history, an advocate for peace, and a champion for the planet, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and a friend. To be shared and cherished, the wisdom and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration.

©2006 Maya Angelou (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"Listening to Maya Angelou is an intimate and inspiring experience, like having a conversation and a private poetry reading all at once." (AudioFile)

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Could Be Used as a Sermon

These rituals are great and there's nothing to complain about. She could recite it in church as a testimony.

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very inspiring

I enjoy the performance of her work as only she could. Her work opens the mind to the experience of another only in the way one who lives it can.

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beautiful

beautiful pieces of art spoken by a divine soul .... a gift given to us by god