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Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Families and Communities (African American History (Penguin)) [Paperback]

By Clifton L. Taulbert (Author)
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An inspiring handbook for parents and community members offers eight guiding principles for forming meaningful relationships with others, including dependability, friendship, responsibility, brotherhood, courage, nurture, and high expectations. Reprint.

Publishers Description
In his trilogy of memoirs that includes Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, The Last Train North, and Watching Our Crops Come In, Clifton Taulbert introduced us to a host of relatives and friends--affectionately known as the porch people--who were an integral part of his upbringing in his native Glen Allan, Mississippi. Although these people were limited in financial resources, they were rich in love and wisdom and taught him lessons that proved to be invaluable. Using his own success as proof that by building strong communities, we build strong individuals, Taulbert revisits these elders and their lessons in Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Families and Communities (Penguin Books; January 5, 1999; $9.95). Eight Habits of the Heart grew out of a commencement speech that Taulbert delivered in 1995 at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. Wanting to leave a lasting impression on America's future leaders, but not knowing exactly what to say, Taulbert illustrated the community building practices that he learned from Poppa Joe, Ma Ponk, Preacher Hurn, and others in his beloved Mississippi Delta. He realized that a lot of the good will that these people showed one another was habitual and was offered out of love and respect. And that if we all practiced those same acts of kindness-- habits of the heart--in our day-to-day lives, not only would we build a strong community for ourselves and future generations, but we would have the potential to build a strong nation. With rich and poignant personal stories, Clifton Taulbert illustrates each habit and shows readers how to embrace these values: Nurturing Attitude: "Unselfish caring, supportiveness, and a willingness to share time" despite hardships; the ability to give our children "the best of what has been provided to us."
Dependability: "Being there for others through all the times of their lives, a steady influence that makes tomorrow a welcome event."
Responsibility: "Showing and encouraging a personal commitment to each task."
Friendship: The ability to bind together and "take pleasure in each other's company." Listening, laughing, and sharing good times and bad.
Brotherhood: Reaching beyond comfortable relationships "to extend a welcome to those who may be different from yourself."
High Expectations: "Believing that others can be successful, telling them so, and praising their accomplishments."
Courage: "Standing up and doing the right thing, speaking out on behalf of others, and making a commitment to excellence in the face of adversity or the absence of support." Hope: "Believing in tomorrow--because you have learned to see with your heart."
Taulbert also includes a series of "Exercises for Reflection" that can be used by families, businesses, schools, worship groups, reading clubs, and others to help motivate the building of stronger relationships and communities. His voice shines through as a refreshing guide to the spiritual core we as a society seem always to be seeking.

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Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Families and Communities (African American History (Penguin)) by Clifton L. Taulbert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Black Issues Book Review - 11/01/2001 page 74


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
Age  18
ISBN  0140266763  
ISBN13  9780140266764  
UPC  051488011002  


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More About Clifton L. Taulbert


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Clifton Taulbert is the author of three memoirs: Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, the basis for the critically acclaimed feature film by the same name; The Last Train North, Watching Our Crops Come In, and most recently, Little Cliff and the Porch People. He was the recipient of the 27th annual NAACP Image Award for Literature, and was also one of the first African-American writers to win the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Nonfiction.

Time magazine named him one of America's outstanding black entrepreneurs. He is an acclaimed speaker who lectures around the world to schools, educators, businesses, and professional groups on the subject of the Eight Habits of the Heart.



Clifton L. Taulbert currently resides in tulsa, in the state of Oklahoma.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Families and Communities (African American History (Penguin))?

Education Professor  Aug 1, 2001
This is excellent reading material for anyone that needs to reflect on their own personal lives. I have used the same values that the book refers to in my own classroom, and my students have embrased it wholeheartedly. We will continue to used this book as a resource to further analyze what constitutes the making of a community and self development. Again, Great Little Book. Robert Cortez
 
Education Professor  Aug 1, 2001
This is excellent reading material for anyone that needs to reflect on their own personal lives. I have used the same values that the book refers to in my own classroom, and my students have embrased it wholeheartedly. We will continue to used this book as a resource to further analyze what constitutes the making of a community and self development. Again, Great Little Book. Robert Cortez
 
DEFINES THE HEART  Mar 3, 2001
THIS BOOK SO BEAUTIFULLY REACHED ME WITH THE CHAPTERS OF HIS LIFE THAT HE SO GRACIOUSLY HAS SHARED. I WAS STIRRED TO REACH OUT TO ALL OF THOSE IN MY LIFE THAT HAVE NUTURED ME IN TO THE PERSON I AM TODAY. THE BOOK TOOK 8 BASIC BUT TRULY NEEDFUL HABITS AND MADE ME REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THESE HABITS ARE TO BRINGING OUR COMMUNITIES BACK TO WHAT AMERICA NEEDS TODAY. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, TEACHERS, MINISTERS... IT APPLIES TO ALL SETTINGS. THANK YOU CLIFTON FOR JUMPSTARTING MY HEART AND DIRECTING ME IN TO A NEW PHASE OF MY LIFE. I SO MUCH NEEDED TO HEAR YOUR LESSONS. FOR MY FAMILY, I WILL BE A BETTER MOTHER AS A RESULT.
 

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