Situation Maid: From the Cotton Fields to the White House - The Story of Lillie Nelson Paperback – 25 Sep 2013
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About the Author
When she isn't writing, the author raises money for the homeless with "People Helping People."
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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?
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.
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.