Sidney begins the book by stating that he wanted to write not really about HIS life but about LIFE.
He goes on to describe his life growing up and through adulthood. He delves into his theories on life, spirituality, what makes the measure of a man, his parents ...and has he lived up to being the man he wants to be.
A great book; not your typical memoir. Sidney Poitier takes you through his spiritual growth, starting from his childhood. This book will make you rethink how you raise your kids and how you spend your time. He cuts away all the frivolous stuff we think is so "necessary" today and brings us back to something more basic, more authentic. A great read for anyone!
Interesting style. Titled with 'a spiritual autobiography' I expected more religious reflections. It was more of a moral perspective than religious. I was impressed how he handled telling about the racism he faced without ranting or filling the pages with bitterness. I knew nothing of his background but have admired him as an actor. This autobiography really shows a full lifetime and a journey that not many could have made.
Story of a simple, humble man that achieved great things in his chosen field. Even thought the public may have a certain image of him, he considers himself a flawed person that continues to learn lessons throughout his life, with his biggest goal to be as successful in life as his parents.
I really enjoyed listening to this autobiography read by SP himself. He is very candid about his upbringing, two marriages, difficulties with children and the pressure of being an African American actor at a time when Hollywood had difficulty accepting him. Highly recommended!
I just finished listening to Sidney Poitier's The Measure of a Man, and I have to tell you what a joy it was listening to that man. I really enjoyed him. I got such a kick out of the way he kept saying "guy" instead of man. I don't know why. This book is labeled a "spiritual autobiography" and it's easy to see why. I have to admit though that I enjoyed it more while listening to his retelling of stories and events that happened in his life than when he was waxing philisophical. He got a little preachy, preachy sometimes, but he's Sidney Poitier, so in my book, he's entitled. Although I found his beliefs to be inline with my own, for the most part. I just enjoyed the storytelling aspect of the audio more. But the entire book was well, well worth the listen. It was like listening to a conversation from an old friend. He's a gem.
I bought this book years ago when it was first released. I'm a big Sidney Poitier fan. So many auto-bios are "full of themselves". This is almost a "how to live you life the right way" book, without telling you how to live your life. You just want to follow his example. I simply adore SP.