Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom
Description: Drawing inspiration from the women in the author's family, Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom is Dr. Calvin Mackie's impassioned celebration of the enduring values of our elder generations, whose wisdom and experience bring a humbled perspective and clear direction to the challenges of our daily lives. The text of this book includes over 100 well-known proverbs, accompanied by the original thoughtful reflections of Dr. Mackie, with a direct application to 21st century life. The pages are filled with glorious photographs of mothers and grandmothers in celebration of their unique cultural and maternal identity, surrounded with the love and affection of family.
In each of Grandma's Hands' sections, Dr. Mackie has taken a familiar proverb and coupled it with a passage from the Bible. The juxtaposition illustrates the Biblical root of the common proverb alongside Dr. Mackie's own deeply personal observances of its truth, presented in relatable modern-day anecdotes from his life and his work. Harrowing global events like 2005's Hurricane Katrina, generational hardships such as those African-Americans endured in the racially-segregated south, and even his own personal struggle with the loss of his mother demonstrate universal truths about the world in which we live. Perspectives that might have fallen on deaf ears as "antiquated" or even "obsolete" are presented anew, in a refreshingly relevant, thought-provoking, and genuinely useful light. Through an interweaving of personal and historical contexts, Mackie's stories and reflections guide the reader to an intimate understanding of all that he has learned from the influential women in his life.
Acanthus Publishing, 232 pages, hardcover