“The Unfolding of a Rose” initially developed much like an autobiography but then metamorphosed into a paean to the author’s daughter, Meta Rose, who demonstrated uncommon courage, grace and dignity as she struggled with the ravages of cancer that were exacerbated by ill-advised medical procedures. The book appeared to be a cathartic necessity to enable the author to reconcile the loss of her daughter with the notion that her faith was sufficient to save her. While the author’s faith seemed to have been challenged, her faith prevailed as she remembers her one and only daughter, her beautiful Rose, who grew and left her fragrant impressions upon all those who met her. Reading this book had a profound and personal impact on me and was an enjoyable read.
Mamie L. Smth’s “The Unfolding of a Rose” is the touching story of a mother’s faith that helped her through the death of her daughter.
The author is the mother of a special, brave woman, who succumbed to breast cancer. The story begins with the early years of her young family, as they traveled across America, German, and Japan as a military family. The author’s daughter, Meta was an inquisitive child, and she excelled in school. Her life was made complete when she married and had two adorable children. Meta had an entrepreneurial spirit, and decided to go into business for herself. Despite hard economic times, she was able to pool her resources in the best interests of her business. Her exciting life came to an abrupt stop when she discovered she had breast cancer.
Meta’s mother experimented with various religions, looking for an alternative to her husband’s Catholic faith. A chance knock at her door by a Christian Scientist, put the wheels in motion that would make her a devoted follower of Mary Baker Eddy and her philosophies. The more she studied Christian Science, the more she saw that its doctrines surpassed conventional medical assumptions. When Meta’s cancer was discovered, her strong faith carried both of them through many dark days. Thinking back on her daughter’s life she writes, ” I see her as planted by divine mind, nurtured by spirit, and yielding the fruits of love. She is not a rose that comes into being, lets its beauty and fragrance shine for only a moment, and then passes away, but an ever unfolding rose, whose petals dance among us, never to disappear from our lives.”
This is a poignant and heart-warming autobiography, and Mamie L. Smith’s strong faith in Christian Science runs like a golden thread through the narrative. The author portrays her daughter as a strong, determined, and caring person that she was, and the bond between them should touch the reader’s heart. The engrossing story told in “The Unfolding of a Rose” should resonate with the reader long after the last page is turned.
As reviewed by Dorrance Publishing
June 24, 2013
This review is from: Our Lady of Victory: The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community (Paperback)
It was a time of prosperity . . . and the little church community was no exception. Businesses were popping us, racial walls were coming down, and the little church on Eight Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan planted its roots. “Our Lady of Victory,” in the words of author Shirley Slaughter, “left a legacy to be proud of . . . .”
This African-American Catholic Church, was founded in 1943 when the community in which it stood, was “reeling from the effects of the worst race riot in Detroit’s history.” In relating its history, Slaughter takes the reader through her personal experiences as it waged its war on racism and survival . . . and at the same time trying to preserve its identity and traditions. She is soulful and heart-warming as she shares what led her family to become Catholic, but direct in laying out the policies that stifled growth of the little church, and eventually led to its demise. Not only is the story told in prose, it is amplified in pictures that speak louder than words.
You will marvel at its strength, cheer its message and applaud its courage. Why? Not only was it a victory then, but . . . it is a victory now. It no longer stands on eight mile, but it is stamped on the hearts and minds of those who lived it . . . and more importantly, in the discovery of those who can read about it now.
If you don’t have a copy . . . get one, and share in the victory of . . . “Our Lady.” Mamie Smith Ed.D.
is a stirring account of a mother’s love, devotion to her faith, and survival of the unimaginable-losing her daughter, Meta, to breast cancer. Mamie Smith’s narration beautifully explores the emotional territories of the heart put to the ultimate test and her astounding courage to accept God’s plan. Meta was always a curious and beautiful girl, excelling in school and marrying the man of her dreams. Meta had two children and discovered a passion for entrepreneurial work by developing her own business. Meta’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mamie began a search for the “why” of what happened and helped her daughter with her battle with cancer through her study and practice of Christian Science. These women, bound by love and an enduring faith, gained a greater understanding of the true meaning of life-our essence or spiritual being. As Mamie recounts, “I see her (Meta) as planted by divine mind, nurtured by spirit, and yielding the fruits of love.” Smith’s amazing and beautiful tribute will resonate with anyone who has survived the loss of a child or may be going through the pain of a terminal illness. Its message is one of love, hope, acceptance and an enduring faith in God. Author Bio: ABOUT THE AUTHOR-Mamie Smith is a writer, retired vocal music teacher, and business woman. Dr. Smith is currently writing her second book and lives in Michigan. The Unfolding of a Rose is her first book.
About the Author
Mamie L. Smith began searching for a greater understanding of God at the age of twelve. She studied and practiced various religions before becoming a Christian Scientist and finding the path to eternal life. She is a mother, teacher, and business owner.
5.0 out of 5 stars
June 24, 2013
Exceptionally Well Written
By Shirley Slaughter
I bought this book from the author and it was not what I was expecting. I loved the fact that Mamie got into her personal story which was fascinating. I felt like I was transported to her life as she traveled the world with her husband and children. Then she talked about her daughter who died from cancer and the grief she went through trying to come to terms with this untimely loss. This daughter who was a businesswoman and a people-person opened a store in downtown Detroit. Meta was smart and beautiful,and her light shone on everyone who crossed her path. And so I felt Mamie’s pain when Meta was taken away from her so early. But what I really admired was the strength Mamie got from her inner faith through this tragedy. Its really hard to forgive the negligence she believed caused Meta’s death but she finds a way to work through the anger and grief. I got upset just reading about it. This book gives examples of how to handle this and any other kind of tragedy. Mamie shares her story to help others get through it. That’s what makes this book so useful and delightful. You can refer back to it anytime you need to.
Mamie, thank you for sharing yourself with us.
The Unfolding of a Rose was a guide for me to see how to handle everyday challenges with just an understanding of God and a realization that changes in life comes with a change in one’s thinking. With me being in my twenties, like most 20-somethings, I have been battling with where life was taking me and what path I was meant to follow. While reading this book, I discovered that even with challenges in life, you must remain optimistic at all times. And in those times of question, turn to God for guidance and he will direct. I recommend this book to everyone, from the college student battling with school, to the parent that has lost a child (or even the child that has lost a parent), and everyone in between. With my loss of a parent, it was definitely a guide for me to finally find some closure in my life. Thanks Dr. Smith!!! and KEEP WRITING.
By Ron Sanders
Detroit Police Department, Homicide Detective Sergeant, Ron Sanders, was riding high on a series of successful murder confessions murder, warrants and convictions–one case in particular was a serial killer who had caused great trepidation in the lives of Detroit and Highland Park residents. Ron was tough, admired and respected throughout the department and his community. Everything was going well for him, and getting better each day. Promoted several times during his career, he was in the prime of his life and at the top of his game. Ron was rising from local notoriety to national fame. He was well on his way to leaving behind the local scene and heading to Hollywood. But then everything came to a crashing halt. The fame, fortune and accolades disappeared in an instant. Detective Sergeant Sanders went from cracking cases, to picking up the pieces of his broken life overnight
In Concerned but not Consumed, Ron Sanders shares his victorious journey of rebuilding his life after a severe and devastating stroke. A condition that would change his life as he once knew it, forever. Ron shares how God used the challenges he faced to take his life to a new level in Him. Ron moved from isolation, hopelessness and depression in the wake of the debilitating stroke to to finding love, peace, joy and abundant life.
It is Ron’s sincere prayer and desire to acknowledge the Lord in all we do. His book teaches us that it is okay to be concerned with our well being, but not consumed by worldly lust. Ron shows you how to appreciate God in the little things and not take for granted the everyday blessings of life.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Improving Your Health with One Mind
November 28, 2011
“Medicine: A Daily Dose of Spirituality”is a book of ideas that help and heal. Using these ideas can promote health and wellness. The author, Mamie Smith Ed.D., speaks with authority–revealing approximately 40 years of experience in healing diseases ranging from colds to blindness. She takes your mental hand and walks you through a step-by-step process. You will discover how establishing higher levels of thought lead to harmonious actions of the body mentally, physically and emotionally. You will see how the utilization of prayer, meditation, hope, faith and divine intelligence are the forces that not only heal diseases, but every other human discord man experiences.
She specializes in alternative ways of healing, and reveals how the medicine of divine Mind alleviates mental stress, destruction of body, and a lifetime of addiction to pills, drugs and surgery. Begin your journey to a better way of healing now by purchasing “Medicine: A Daily Dose of Spirituality” in hard cover, soft cover or kindle.Health is wealth! What about yours?