Driven by Faith by Earnestine Rodgers Robinson

Driven by Faith

A Memoir of Faith, Family and Finding Purpose
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Robinson’s account of becoming a successful classical composer, co-written with her son, Todd Robinson.

Debut author Robinson chronicles her life as a black woman born in the Deep South at the end of the Great Depression. With no formal training in music, she persevered and overcame countless obstacles to become a classical music composer. Eventually, she stood on stage as her music was performed at Carnegie Hall, and she had a world premiere in Prague. Rather than simply recount dry events, Robinson gives intimate, moving descriptions of her struggles and triumphs. The story begins, when after a screening of a documentary on her life, a random audience member asked Robinson, “How do you pray?” Robinson was taken aback, but then she reflected on God’s role in her achievements. The story doesn’t gloss the real-life elements—such as racism and poverty—but the integral theme is that every life has a purpose; everything happens for a reason, and in the end, we will reach our destination. The author overcame one hurdle after another before she became a notable classical music composer. Although long, the narrative sustains interest since the account is both sympathetic and unpredictable. Robinson believed that God would aid her in her musical and spiritual goals, and she feels that he has. Even though some describe the book as a faith journey, people of all beliefs, backgrounds, and religions may relate to the real life trials and tribulations.

Offers spiritual sustenance and tells the engaging life story of a barrier-breaking African- American composer.  

Pub Date: Jan. 28th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0988655201
Page count: 310pp
Publisher: WordText Publisher
Program: Kirkus Indie
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