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Situation Maid - From Cotton Fields to President Reagan's Western White House

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Although Lillie Nelson started out in the cotton fields of Mississippi with nothing and nobody, her faith in God and unwavering conviction that her life mattered, helped Lillie become the cook for President Reagan and his wife Nancy. Despite encountering racial prejudice, poverty, and years of despair, Lillie found hope in God's promises that all men and women are created ...more
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (first published November 30th 2013)
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Dec 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Both the author and Lillie claim to be Christians. I thought I was in for at least a clean read, and it promised to be very interesting. In one breath she’s praising the Lord, thanking Him for His care, provision, and strength. In the next, she’s describing with graphic detail the privates of other people. That was a shock. I've read cleaner secular books. So yes I quit. ...more
Lillie Nelson has an interesting story to tell but I don't know if this book really brought it out the best way. Hard to explain but I just think it needed something to grab the reader and keep their attention. ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
this is a pretty interesting read. Lillie Nelson was an African American woman. she was born in the early 1920s.Stacy Nix met Lillie about 20 years ago they became friends. Stacy wrote this book but it is taken from the stories Lillie told Stacy about her life. So this is mostly Lillie's Words we read here.
Lillie had quite a life. Her mother died when she was born her father also dead.She was raised by much older sisters. She was treated with cruelty by both of them. At five she was forced to p
Phyllis Freeman
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever worked as a maid? Lillie Nelson, African American, did. This is her story.

Nelson shared her story with this author because she wanted to help people who feel alone and have no one to care about them. She wanted to make sure they knew God cared for and loved them.

A little black girl, who could neither read nor write, worked in the cotton fields at the age of five. She later decided she would become the best maid she could be. Nelson chose to keep a positive attitude, respect herself
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lillie Nelson is one wise lady, despite no education and being born an orphan -- her mother died in childbirth and her father had died 6 months before of a heart attack. This is the story of her inspiring and amazing life, a woman with true grace and love for fellow man, a lady with a heart bigger than most people you've ever known. And Lillie had plenty of reasons to be someone else, someone bitter and disillusioned. The book silently urges us all to be better people, to care for our fellow hum ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, kindle
This woman led a very interesting life. I cannot imagine the indignities that she suffered as a child and at the beginning of her career. I hope people can learn from this book to lead a kinder gentler life.

Her Christian faith is an integral part of her being and she appears to have learned to practice true Christianity.

She held many service positions from maid to cook to housekeeper and nanny to caterer. She worked for many prominent people but for people who love gossip books, they will not fi
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
Lillie Nelson's faith in God, positive attitude and determination helped her to rise above the terrible circumstances of her life. Time after time she was faced with difficulties as a child, but persisted in her determination to create something better for herself. Having internalized God's grace and mercy, she extended that to others when she worked for unreasonable bosses and with crazy co-workers. This short book is packed with moments that are inspiring.

Stacy Nix told the story in Lillie's v
Marlene Banks
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lillie's story was a touching narrative. Her life was hard with little to none of the things the world promotes for individual happiness and fulfillment. Yet Lillie lived a more satisfied life than many who are prosperous and in luxury. It is obvious through the telling of her story that Christ Jesus was the Source of that contentment and her strong faith carried her through many difficult situations. Stacy Nix has given a voice to Lillie's simplistic expression that will stick in your mind for ...more
Judie Dooley
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on good reads. Thank you for choosing my name. A delightful story of a woman who worked her way from the Cotton fields to the White house. Lillie Nelson tells her story to Stacy Nix the Author. Lillie worked hard all her life to better herself and did it with grace and dignity. Her belief and love of the Lord helped her through thick and thin. I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a good clean down to earth book.
Thank you for including t
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book from goodreads first-read giveaway.
This is the true story of Lillie Nelson, told by Stacy Nix. Lillie Nelson sure did have a lot of hardships in her life, however her positive attitude and faith kept her going and facing whatever difficulties she had. We all can learn a lesson from Lillie, and become a more positive person, no matter what life throws at you. Through it all Lillie really did have a remarkable life and Stacy Nix was very fortunate to have met this lovely
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and read most of it in one day. I laughed and I wept. This book has everything that makes me want to say its a favorite book. I felt so many things toward this woman. I think anyone who has ever felt they were without hope or from the wrong side of tracks will feel encouraged after reading some of the interesting ways she managed to survive. Her faith and humility was also key in this book.She was so very human. I loved this book and will be sure to read it again.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's the story of Lillie Nelson who started working in the cotton fields and ended up as the cook to President and Mrs. Reagan. She overcame hard times and racial prejudice with her love of God.
I recommend this book to everyone.
Kenn Anderson
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun enjoyable read. It was somewhat disjointed at times without much background, but the story was consistant and easy to read. Obviously a lot of the bad things that happened were not very detailed, but the grace of God was always present.
Naomi Laboo
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great short read

This was a book about Lillie who was a maid and a cook. In fact she was cook to President and Nancy Reagan! She was a woman with such a great heart who loved the Lord and He led her life! Great read!
Diana Flegal
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This inspiring real life story of Lillie Nelson touched me, inspired me and kicked me in the behind. I highly recommend this book.
Hollie Secrest
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank you the author so much for writing Lillie's story. It touched me very strongly and has given me a better out look on life. I highly recommend this to everyone! ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true story of Lillian Nelson told by Stacy Nix a close friend. A child was born in 1922 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Her mother died while giving birth and her father died a few months earlier. She was living with her sister picking cotton at age 5. It was hard, hot work with heavy cotton bags but she worked every day, helped in the house, and with the other children. Always said her prayers at night and asking Jesus to help her.

At age 15, Lillie became a maid. Later she worked for Ms Brown as a c
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read.... enjoyed it, and am glad I read it and felt I had met the lady personally after I finished .....and I liked her comments....I don't know why , but I was under the impression that she was a maid in the White House for many years for different Presidents....and was disappointed that was not true and it was my own fault I believe for misreading the trailer about the book , but I still enjoyed the book and this this lady was tops in her class and I did enjoy all of the book.... ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story of resilience and perserverance. This is a quick read and nice story.
Vickey L Rogers
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I’ve read in a LONG time!!

You feel as if Lillie herself is right next to you tell g you her story. Such a lovely woman.
Margaret Craig
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was one of those books you had to keep picking back up because you wanted to know what happened next.
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not very well written. Is it really necessary to talk about someone’s private parts?!
Christina Stockard
I won this book through aGoodReads giveaway, I still have not received this book! Waiting....
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a good book. Remembering how hard people have to work for what they want. Keep pushing hard and you will be appreciated.
Jae Park
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads, thanks!

"Situation Maid" is the story of Lillie Nelson, who was born and raised as an orphan on her older sister Mary's farm. She started picking cotton at the age of 5, and worked very hard her whole life. She ran away from the farm and started her life working and cooking for other people at about 15 years old.
She worked for a variety of people, some nice and some not so nice at all. All the way through, she keeps her faith and
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give more than 5 stars, this book would receive them all!! I began and finished this book in one day...simply because I could NOT put it down!! This is a modern day story-teller of a precious sole who kept her faith, walked with God beginning at a young age, and never gave up! If you aren't inspired after reading this, perhaps you should seek help from up above because it doesn't get any more inspirational than this!! Stacy Nix did a phenomenal job with this book and I truly believe s ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a goodreads contest.

You can feel the affection and admiration the author has for Miss Lillie. Its tangible. Its a very quick read, just a couple of hours to zip through it but it left me wanting more. More personal statements or anecdotes of the people she worked for and with, or the children she cared for.

The writing is passable. The story is deserving of telling. How an orphaned black girl not only retained her faith but was sustained by it regardless of the abuse and ignor
Joann Glasser
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from goodreads. After several tries to win a copy I finally did and was not disappointed. Though I feel there was more that could have been written I felt Lillie was not the gossipy person or tell stories out of school. She was of great character and loyalty to whom she worked for. A woman who had great faith and enjoyed life. Coming up from nothing she became someone who was greatly thought of and admired. I enjoyed reading of her life and thought the writing coul ...more
Not sure I believe all the stories in this book are 100% truth. Lillie may have gotten confused as she grew older. I understand this book was written at the end of her life, and wasn't completed until after she had already passed. I feel guilty giving it two stars, as she wants to convey love & blessings to every reader but...I have reservations about lots of accounts.
And the grammatical errors were unbelievable. They really took away from the tale for me.
Raven Haired Girl
Lillie Nelson was an amazing woman. Her faith, her capacity to forgive absolutely inspiring. Her life was not easy yet she maintained a positive attitude and looked forward. I admired her strength and compassion for those who mistreated her. Never bitter, letting the past go, Lillie finally received all the goodness worthy of her. Humbling tale. Bittersweet story with a great ending.
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I was born in Long Beach, California.
I have been a freelance writer for years and write from the heart. When I am not writing I raise money for the homeless. I have worked and model for "People Helping People". My husband and I and our two dogs reside in Palm Springs, Ca.

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