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Situation Maid: From the Cotton Fields to the White House - The Story of Lillie Nelson Paperback – 25 Sep 2013

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (25 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938499980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938499982
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,369,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When she isn't writing, the author raises money for the homeless with "People Helping People."

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Loved it. Written well. Great story. I love inspiring true stories like this one. Made my day. Wish I could meet her
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4.0 out of 5 stars What Is My Excuse? 28 Aug. 2013
By Jeanette E. Levellie - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this entertaining, sweet story. Although the writing is simple and sometimes primitive--the author wished to keep Lillie's voice intact--you'll be drawn into the life of this poor black girl, rooting for her to win over all her adversities.

As I read Lillie's story, I wished I could have a daily dose of her poignant, homespun wisdom and her indomitable faith in Jesus.

Here is a lady who was orphaned at birth, raised by her abusive sisters, picked cotton from the time she was five, never attended a day of school, and disdained by her employers. Yet she rose to become a cook for President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Her secrets to success? Keep Jesus as your best friend, always do the right thing, and never hold a grudge.

If an uneducated, illiterate orphan can succeed with only those three tools to help her, good Lord, what is my excuse?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making the most of life 2 Sept. 2013
By Trina Bresser Matous - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a powerful story of a woman who didn't wait for life to give her a silver platter instead she made the most of the difficult life she lived. In the face of racism, hate, mistreatment and abuse, Lillie found a way to love people with a sincere and forgiving heart. As a result, her life was rich in unexpected ways.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, inspiring read 31 Aug. 2013
By Kathryn E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't want to stop reading this memoir (as told to the author) of the story of Lillie Nelson, who went through many difficult circumstances as an African American. It's so sad to read of how people were treated, even abused and misused like Lillie was, but it's a good reminder for all of us that each of us can be tempted to treat others as "less than" if we don't see their preciousness in God's eyes.

The style of writing in the book which stays true to Lillie's simplistic "voice" could turn someone off but it serves the purpose of reminding us of who she was--as a person who taught herself to read by learning the words that matched the pictures in the children's books of the children she cared for.

Lillie's story is truly an inspiring story of how someone can overcome their disadvantages, represent the Lord in love and trust, and stay humble. I'm glad her story is being told especially with the interest in the current movie, "The Butler." I don't know if God is glorified in that movie (I haven't seen it yet), but He sure is in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Sitting Down to Lemonade with a Beloved Aunt 28 Aug. 2013
By V. Herlocker - Published on Amazon.com
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I felt like I was sitting down with a beloved aunt as Lillie's voice shared stories of her life as an orphan raised by family that abused her; to giving up a baby that was the result of a rape when she was fifteen; to becoming a cook; teaching herself to read with children's books and the Bible; to working for families that loved her and families that treated her like trash; and finally working as private cook for President and Mrs. Reagan. Lillie had every reason to lose hope and to fight back. But Lillie had a peace that enveloped her from childhood--that peace of knowing that she was a child of God, and that she was important, no matter how she was treated. And Lillie treated all as she felt a Christian would.

Situation Maid is based on interviews that Nix did with Lillie Nelson. There were times that the writing left me backtracking to see if I'd missed information, but overall, I loved this book. It captures the spirit of Lillie Nelson and is an honest look into the life of African American's in domestic work during the twentieth century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and current 23 Aug. 2013
By TrailMom - Published on Amazon.com
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I am always a sucker for true life stories. With "The Butler" bringing attention to African-Americans working in the White House, this book should be a must read. Courage, tenacity, and hard work are seen throughout. What great life lessons!
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