Let Love Have the Last Word

Let Love Have the Last Word

by Common


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Common—the Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Golden Globe–winning musician, actor, and activist—follows up his New York Times bestselling memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense with this inspiring exploration of how love and mindfulness can build communities and allow you to take better control of your life through actions and words.

Common believes that the phrase “let love have the last word” is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life.

Touching on God, self-love, partners, children, family, and community, Common explores the core tenets of love to help others understand what it means to receive and, most important, to give love. He moves from the personal—writing about his daughter, to whom he wants to be a better father—to the universal, where he observes that our society has become fractured under issues of race and politics. He knows there's no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love—for yourself and for others—is where the healing begins.

Courageous, insightful, brave, and characteristically authentic, Let Love Have the Last Word shares Common’s own unique and personal stories of the people and experiences that have led to a greater understanding of love and all it has to offer. It is a powerful call to action for a new generation of open hearts and minds, one that is sure to resonate for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501133152
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 3,425
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Common is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy Award–winning music artist. He is an actor and producer and has appeared in numerous critically acclaimed films as well as hit TV series. Common is the author of One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which was a New York Times bestseller. He was raised in Chicago and currently resides in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

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Eartha Watts-Hicks 11 months ago
LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD. This memoir is a gracious gift. Common, as an artist, brings to mind conscious verses, righteousness, earthly wisdom, and honesty. As an actor, he can portray the king, the handsome prince, or warrior who'll save the day. He is captivating on the big screen. How could this gentleman possibly find love elusive? Some women complained about men guarding their emotions as if they had none. Here, Common does just the opposite. He generously shares his heart, most profound thoughts, and revelations of love addiction, fear of commitment, feelings of abandonment, and intense trauma. Here for all to see, barring fear of scrutiny, he dares to mull over, dissect, analyze, reflect, and dig for whatever truths he can find that can serve to explain to him--what love means, what love requires, what love does, and what is love’s authentic reward. Love in action. LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD is a beautifully written memoir of somber introspection, offering sobering hope. Eartha Watts Hicks member of the Harlem Writers Guild editor-in-chief at Harlem World Magazine www.HarlemWorldMagazine.com
Anonymous 12 months ago
Excellent book! I recommend!
revmelonymcgant 12 months ago
Common: a Son, a Father, an Artist, a Friend, an Activist, a Humanitarian, and a Spiritual Teacher Bringing Love Mainstream in his new book, LET LOVE BE THE LAST WORD.! Beautiful People, No matter what it looks like, through the everyday struggles, the injustice, the ego, the greed and the hate; there is an energy moving through the UniVerse that offers Undeniable Hope. That energy is Love; for what are we but stardust? I Believe that we come to this Earth and are born as humans with free will. Encoded within us is a seed of Love. Yesterday, I saw the Goodness and felt the energy of many spirits connecting in Love. From the security, maintenance team, Ken Cummings, Esq and staff at Riverside Church to Rashid (who facilitated me having access to Common so I could share a copy of GLORY: A Life Among Legends by one of my important mentors, Dr. Glory Van Scott) and all of the members of Common's support team, his magnificent band and at least a thousand audience members including Cynthia Robinson-Bioh, Gwendolyn Black, Cherise Myers, Katrina, Nicole O'Connor, author/activist and scholar, Darnell L. Moore and artist Taj Brayboy; there was a tenderness rarely acknowledged but identifiable to me as Love. I knew when a gracious, humble Common invited me to come on stage at Riverside Church to discuss my challenges around healing, forgiveness and Love; I was being Blessed by the Fruits of Spirit. And Common may not say it, but He Is an Awakened Spirit and a Master Teacher who is using his own life to remind us that each and every day, we have the option to be better and do better each and every day. In his courageous new book LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD (which I spent the night reading), we are privy to his personal journey, his relationships with his Mother, his Father and his precious daughter Amoye. We also see his creative brilliance, his commitment to humanity, his compassionate heart, his pain and his strong resolve to forgive and work to bring good change. Though he is a troubadour of Love, Common shares his vulnerability and uncertainty with resolve to Love. "... I can't lie. I feel foolish for offering love as a weapon; there is, I admit doubt in my heart about loves effectiveness among so much horror, so much suffering." says Common. And I personally identify with, and understand his hesitation and occasional frustration but know that his bravery, compassionate nature, his vulnerability and his quest for Justice and ongoing success is an Urgent Call for All of Us to look deeply into our own hearts, so that we too can discover the Love within. Because Ultimately, Love is an adjective, an energy, a noun and a verb. I am so very grateful that Common is a Brave Earth Angel in these perilous times. Like many of the Great Masters throughout time, his Awakening Call to Love Is Vibrating throughout the UniVerse. "Matters of the spirit rise above the world, the physical world being just one part of our reality; the spiritual is the other, and to exist in any meaningful way in life, both should be engaged. Love is the way, the conduit from the spiritual to the physical, from soul to mind and body; to speak of love is to speak on a spiritual plane." says Common. I highly recommend LET LOVE BE THE LAST WORD.