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Reviewed by Maureen Timerman for Readers' Favorite
Hortense Duarma Grimes is a unique woman. She was brought up on Proverbs 13:24: "Spare the rod, spoil the child." She came from a close-knit family. At an early age they were taught the gift of giving. Her father was a geodetic engineer and land surveyor. They lived in Liberia and shared a precious closeness. When her father returned home from work, she took delight in meeting him at the front door with hugs and kisses. Immediately one of the children would bring their father his slippers. They even removed his shoes and socks for him. They would do the same for their mother, even taking her handbag into the bedroom.
Hortense's childhood had much to do with her life's work. In her book She Shall Stand, Hortense shares her Christian witness. She devoted her life to serving the Lord by serving others. After a divine spiritual encounter with Christ, she formed the Do It For Christ Ministry; The International Outreach for Spiritual Motivation and Rehabilitation. She combined her passion for prayer and compassion for people. She describes herself as an ordinary person. Hortense is an encourager, a gifted Christian woman, with great zeal for serving him.
She Shall Stand is an inspiring message to all readers: NEVER GIVE UP! The book is well organized and written. I found this book inspiring. It was wonderful to watch as God molded this woman into a prayer warrior and a Christian servant. This is a truly remarkable book about a truly remarkable woman.
She tells of her life at her boarding school, Rick's Institute in Virginia, Liberia, which she attended from eighth grade until her high school graduation. She is an excellent student graduating second in her class. During the last year in Rick's, she develops a mysterious illness which makes her retention of learning very difficult. She originally had the desire to become a Thoracic Surgeon, but the mysterious illness puts a damper on her learning.
When she does come to the States, the people she is staying with want her to take a job. The one they picked for her was an attendant at an all night gas station doing the late shift. I loved the thoughts she shared about being killed after just finally arriving here and was glad when she decided not to take the job!
She shares how she is always talking to God, and she also tells what happens when she didn't listen. This is what I came away with from this book: Pray with all your heart! There is always another chance. So says God, and He has the last say.