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What Keeps Me Standing: Letters from Black…

What Keeps Me Standing: Letters from Black Grandmothers on Peace, Hope and…

by Dennis Kimbro

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One of the best books out there that inspires me is this one; I saw a review on this book long before it came out;It featured a letter by an older lady that worked in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama; While she worked there, she met a man who was a patient there; He was a doctor who had found out about his wife's affair and he had a nervous breakdown; She kept tellng him to snap out of it; He eventually made a recovery and when he left,he gave her a $100 bill and told her that out of all the people in that hospital, she was the only one who really helped him get back on his feet; Inspiring; There was another letter from an older woman who graduated from Spelman around 1919; she talked about how a man named Rosenwald went around the South and got women who showed promise and sent them to Spelman; To be a Spelman woman noted dignity and they didn't have it any other way. What really made this letter more moving was the fact that she literally went off on the current generations lackadaisal attitude towards things as opposed as to how hard it was for the generations before to get them. Her letter was a personal favorite. There were other letters that moved me; One woman was raising her kids and somehow due a check, she ended up in jail for a while but in spite of it, she got her family back; I could go on, but you get the gist of the letters.I highly recommend this book in times when you feel that you are going nowhere; this is the book to get. ( )
  Thesavvybamalady | Jan 6, 2007 |
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In his previous bestsellers, Think and Grow Rich and What Makes the Great Great, Dennis Kimbro revealed the success secrets of highly touted entrepreneurs, corporate climbers, and Olympic athletes, as well as famous black Americans from George Washington Carver to Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, and Jesse Jackson. In What Keeps Me Standing, he turns to another group of sages and mentors: the grandmothers who have long been the backbone of the African American family and community.

Over a period of five years, Kimbro contacted one thousand grandmothers--women from a wide range of backgrounds and locations--asking, "If you had to write a one page letter to your children or the next generation, what would you tell them about life?" Their answers, collected here, show that success in life cannot be measured in terms of wealth and material goods alone. The lives they describe and the advice they proffer capture both a richness in spirit and a strong belief in the power of every individual to take charge of his or her own destiny. In the face of racism, both blatant and subtle, financial struggles, and personal setbacks, black grandmothers have helped their communities in thousands of tangible and intangible ways, providing support, inspiration, and love not only to their own children and grandchildren but also to neighbors, friends, and extended families.

Filled with examples of how even the smallest acts of kindness and compassion can make a difference in the world, What Keeps Me Standing is a treasure trove of the wisdom that comes with years of experience, transformation, and growth. It is the perfect gift.

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