Grandmother's Shelf: Life Lessons For Successful Living

Grandmother's Shelf: Life Lessons For Successful Living

by Bernice Reid


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In this touching and spiritual memoir, Bernice Reid recounts the important “lessons in life” that her grandmother taught her over the years. Often times, young men and women resist advice from their parents and grandparents, and Bernice was no exception. Now, as a grandmother and great-grandmother herself, she details treasured and valuable bits of wisdom from her grandmother through pithy and entertaining devotionals. She goes on to credit her grandmother’s advice with providing her the wisdom to raise a faithful and highly successful family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616382544
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Edition description: First
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Bernice Reid is an award-winning educator, artist, journalist and musician, whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She was inspired to write Grandmother’s Shelf to portray the loving, teaching of faith form her grandmother and as testimony to Jesus Christ’s salvation, redemption, and restoration. She hopes this book will minister to all who will read it, especially young people.

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Sample of Text (Excerpt from pages 11-14)

The following lessons and remonstrations constitute my grandmother’s advice to me. She educated me about proper behavior, relationships with neighbors, respect for people in general, fellow Christians in the house of God, business people, husbands and wives, and close family relations. She also taught me about modest and proper attire, communication and expressing oneself, courtship, knowing Jesus as healer, and reluctance to judge others. For all of these lessons, there were instructions in the Holy Bible, especially in Proverbs. Her words to me have been proven to be like “apples of gold in pitchers of silver” (see Prov. 25:11).

Trusting in God

Whenever things seemed to go differently in life than I expected and my plans to get a job as a secretary or go to college seemed impossible, my grandmother remained calm and steady. She trusted God to bring everything and every circumstance to a good conclusion. She would say, “You needn’t question Him. He knows what He is doing.” The Word: “Trust in Him with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path;” or He will make your paths straight; or in another translation, He will give you success (See Proverbs 3:5–6).

On Behavior

She taught good nutrition and cautioned against gluttony and a poor diet. One who does that is “digging his grave with his teeth.”
She taught early rising with this rhyme: “Sluggards sleep; while others plow deep.” That would get a “sleepyhead” up, although I had practiced piano too late into the night and I had to get to school. Complaining a little, I would get up because I hated that rhyme. It was very effective (Prov. 6:10–11; 19:15; 20:4).

On Gossip

No tale bearing (gossip). God hates gossip (Rom. 1:28–32; 2 Cor. 12:20; 1 Tim. 5:13). Personally, she claimed that gossip smelled like garbage and made her stomach hurt (Prov. 18:8). She said that to a lady (the church secretary) who came to bring tales about another member of the church in my presence. She prefaced her remarks to that lady by saying, “Oh, they picked poor Robin clean, did they! I want to know: Were you there? How do you know?”
I watched with sympathy as that lady, with as much dignity as she could muster, left the living room and then the house. I believe she never returned to visit, and after that, we saw her only in church.


Arlington, Texas

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