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The Barefooted Soul is an inspirational book that exalts a powerful voice from Imelda Roberts' own life. She speaks for the over a billion children living in poverty, countless victims of abuse, prejudice, the millions challenged by immigration, and as a testament to living a dream.

Unbound from her insurmountable past, a new path to success was forged in America’s freedom. A poor child, a homeless scholar, an abused woman, and a maid in America cocooned as a statistic, now blossomed in one incredible journey of hopes and dreams made possible by Imelda’s faith and a strong belief that the human soul can overcome any life’s adversities.

From bare feet to the bravest of hearts, Imelda’s journey also reveals the shared experience of millions of immigrants including over 2.3 million Filipinos in the US. Her incredible journey of courage exemplifies the strength of the human spirit and one that crosses race, gender, nationality and religion.

"May you find your own barefooted SOUL within you…

Selflessness as you share the innate abilities you have in you to touch those around you, most especially the poor, the sick and the hungry.

Obedience to the rule of law, the ethics of your profession, but most important to the Sublime Power that moves the human soul.

Unity for peace and for the sake of family, region, nation and the world.

Love for yourself, for your family, for your friends, for your country, and even for your enemies.

If we all do these, the storms of hatred, selfishness, greed, war, and all other evils that destroy our earth will vanish and once again our barefooted soul can fly away to a higher place, higher than any place we have ever been on earth.

Imelda Roberts, Author - Barefooted Soul


By Imelda Roberts
2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient

Honorable Mention, Memoir
2006 IPPY Book Awards

Thank you for visiting the Barefooted Soul website. We are pleased that you joined our family, friends and colleagues in a collective journey to spread the news about this uniquely and powerful story of one ordinary individual with extraordinary courage.

The deep emotions within Imelda Roberts' soul will strike a chord in your heart. Rich with life lessons and filled with songs written by Imelda, the Barefooted Soul will surely touch you deeply, so much so that it will leave an indelible footprint in your own soul.

Her life story has been featured in several news articles and television culminating in the prestigious 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and her name being listed in the Congressional Records as one of the distinguished Americans recognized by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to America. Imelda Roberts is the only Filipino-American to receive this honor this year.

Read Barefooted Soul and find out for yourself why it received honors even before it was officially released at Georgetown University on May 25, 2006. Imelda considers meeting her two favorite best-selling authors, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Cantfield during the 2006 IPPY Book Awards as a great treat in her journey, in addition to Barefooted Soul being named semi-a finalist/honorable mention under Memoir in this nationwide publishing competition.

As a Filipino-American she takes pride in sharing this project to everyone and especially to the Filipino-American community through an event at the Embassy of the Philippines and participation in several activities in celebration of the Filipino-Americans' 100 Years of Migration and Achievements in the US. (See photos at the Embassy)

Please browse this website and be inspired…

  • Read excerpts to introduce you to the main character and let her take you to two worlds and two paradises that became witnesses to her colorful and fascinating life.
  • Learn how this journey began, with others joining in, as forty soulful stories were being written in just forty consecutive nights. Discover a prolific mind and hand inspired by the angels that surrounded her life.
  • Be inspired… be touched… and be well! Join the Barefooted Soul Community and bring peace into your hearts and soul.
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