Self Published Author
Sandra L. Gittens
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra L. Gittens is a retired Early Childhood Educator who lives in Queens with her husband Douglas. She enjoys writing children''s books. Inspired by her three young grandchildren, she recently created The Granny Sanny Poster Collection. The collection features books of interactive posters for children and their grandparents entitled: Did You Contact Your Granny Today? Grandpa Memories, Write-On Grandma! and My Granny Sanny''s Favorite Proverbs
Visit her site at Grandlove Biz
Just Shut Your Mouth and Ask
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Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal. Proverbs 12:18
"It's not what you say; it's how you say it."
The author incorporates her personal experiences with Biblical scriptures as she reaches out to the prudent Grandmothers who speak with evil tongues when offering "words of wisdom" about child rearing and "life''s lessons" to their loved ones. (You know who you are.) She suggests that they seek spiritual wisdom from Solomon''s Proverbs and Wise Sayings to redirect their evil tongues and avoid unnecessary family discord.
Some readers have described Just Shut Your Mouth and Ask: "What would GOD want me to say?" as a "motivational, inspirational, self-help mini-journal" because of its explicit and succinct strategies:
Read Solomon''s Proverbs and Wise Sayings
Write your own Proverbs and interpretations
Document your observations, thoughts, feelings and spiritual wisdom on the
Pray about what you should say
Infuse spiritual wisdom (a Proverb) and have a peaceful dialogue with your
family about the problems
Pray with your family about solutions to the problems
Be prepared to read your Bible. Be prepared to write and express your innermost, callous thoughts as you vent on the "Keeping Pages." Be prepared to reflect and pray.
Be prepared to redirect your evil tongue when you just shut your mouth and ask, "What would God want me to say?"
This book would have been the perfect gift for my Mom, God rest her soul.
She was one of those Grandmothers who felt that it was her duty and obligation to accidentally (on purpose) express her opinions about our child rearing abilities or anything else related to her grandchildren. She provided words of wisdom whether you wanted them or not. Everyone knew that Grandmother was armed with a deadly instrument: her tongue. Her mighty sword would cut us deeply and inflict pain and humiliation on the family she loved so dearly.
I am grateful to my Mother for inadvertently teaching me a valuable lesson. After I became a Grandmother, I made a vow not to follow her example when the urge to chastise my grandson or critique my son's (and his wife's) child rearing abilities overwhelmed me. This was a challenge in my life for a few years so I prayed about how to handle it. Thankfully, my prayers were answered. Whenever I observe my son laughing and making excuses for my grandson's (age 8) obnoxious behavior it still may cause me to formulate negative thoughts and opinions about his child rearing techniques, but now I stop before I open my mouth to speak with an evil tongue and ask myself,
What would God want me to say?
This book is written for all of the prudent Grandmothers who have good advice for their children regarding child rearing and for those who offer life's lessons to their grandchildren but unwittingly destroy their relationships with their children and their grandchildren in the process.
You know who you are. You have a sixth sense. You have to speak your mind. You have to tell it like it is. You've been there, done that. You have to get it off your chest. You just state the facts so they won't make the same mistakes that you did. You don't mean any harm. You have good intentions. You are devoted to your family. Your heart is in the right place. But perhaps you are unaware that sometimes what you say to them and how you say it can create lifelong emotional damage or resentment.
So, what is the purpose of this book? It is not written to criticize or condemn anyone. The contents and strategies are suggested (not prescribed) to assist the Grandmothers who play a significant role in the lives of their children and grandchildren; the Grandmothers who want to redirect their evil tongues and provide spiritual wisdom to their loved ones as an alternative.
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