It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman [NOOK Book]

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An African American centenarian who saw W. E. B. Du Bois speak in 1924 and attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 shares wisdom from a life well lived during a crucial period in American history



Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson was an inspirational, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind woman, whose ordinary life was nothing less than ...
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It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman

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An African American centenarian who saw W. E. B. Du Bois speak in 1924 and attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 shares wisdom from a life well lived during a crucial period in American history



Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson was an inspirational, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind woman, whose ordinary life was nothing less than extraordinary throughout the course of her 106 years. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Ella Mae was the child of former slaves and experienced the best and worst of the past century in America—from the Jim Crow era and the Great Depression to the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009, which she memorably attended. Through it all, she endured—and thrived—by adhering to the example of the Good Samaritan: the belief that compassion is the key to the good life and offering to help without expecting payback brings its own rewards. In It Is Well with My Soul, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson shares her insights on living a long and enjoyable life and her hopes for the future.

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Richard Glaubman
Ella Mae's memoir describes a parallel history of the black experience in our nation that is so rarely recorded. After living a life of quiet dignity, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson, in It Is Well with My Soul shares a story that is inspiring and uplifting. (Richard Glaubman, coauthor of Life is So Good)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101404324
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 665,688
  • File size: 293 KB

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Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson was born in 1904 in Dallas, Texas. In 1924, she saw W.E.B. DuBois speak at Fisk University, and in 2009, she attended Barack Obama's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. She is a great-grandmother and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Patricia Mulcahy is a freelance writer who has worked on books including The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Ten Minutes from Normal, and A Freewheelin' Time. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    Will inspire you to make more of your life regardless of circumstances

    Picked this one up on a whim and found it hard to put down. A fast and enjoyable first read, I'm sure it will be a continued inspiration to reread. Ended up giving the copy I bought and read to a friend for her 40th birthday and will buy another for me -- and possibly another for my mother.

    Mrs. Johnson tells her life story very simply and beautifully. She makes no excuses or apologies for her life and does not suggest that anyone should follow in her footsteps, just puts it all out there for peoplr to think about and make their own assessment of it. She was orphaned young and taken in and raised by elderly neighbors who had been born into slavery. She somehow found a way to get not just a college education (not easy at all for an African-American woman in the 1920s) but a master's degree in social work. She valued education and passed that value on to her family. She practices thrift and Christian kindness and believes in being fully engaged in the world around her. She managed to travel the world, despite the fact that obtaining a passport was not easy for a woman who had no birth certificate because of her race.

    Definitely worth the time to read and reread this book, because Mrs. Johnson is a woman we can all learn and take inspiration from.

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