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Contact: Luke Messecar
Company: Ictus Initiative
Tele: 617.717.8294

Grandma's Hands' Award Reignites National Grandparents Day

Unique Gift Book Honored by Living Now Book Awards

New Orleans, LA - September 6, 2012 - While most people quietly cherish time with their grandparents, their wisdom is rarely publicly honored to the extent it deserves. Dr. Calvin Mackie's new book Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom (Acanthus Publishing, 2012) inspires readers to rediscover the wise words of past generations, offering respect and recognition for grandmothers around the world. Fittingly, just days before National Grandparents Day on September 9th, Grandma's Hands received a silver medal in the prestigious Living Now Book Awards.
With a foreword by Pastor Fred Luter Jr., the first African American elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Grandma's Hands couples thought-provoking and timeless proverbs with beautiful photographs of mothers and grandmothers expressing their unique cultural identity. Having lived through traumatic events such as Hurricane Katrina, hardships in the racially-segregated South, as well as his own personal struggles, Dr. Calvin Mackie draws on his own experiences as well as the inspirational people in his life to create a collection of Biblical passages, proverbs, and life lessons that come together in a moving and emotional book.
"It's a tremendous tribute to all grandparents for this book to have earned a silver medal," says Dr. Mackie. "The passages in this book brought out the best in me and will give readers the power to live their lives to the fullest, no matter what struggles they face. Without pride in ourselves, lessons from our elders, and strength from God, we could never reach the full potential of the greatness impregnated within us all."
After months of careful consideration, the judges granted Grandma's Hands a silver medal in the Gift/Specialty/Keepsake category of the Living Now Book Awards. The overall contest features a total of 29 categories and annually receives nearly 500 entries of books vying for the bronze, silver and gold medals. From recipes to relationships to personal growth, there is a wide variety of book topics, all of which focus on improving quality of life.
"Dr. Mackie has masterfully uncovered and conveyed so many timeless truths," says publisher Paige Stover Hague. "It will fill readers' hearts with joy and encouragement when they see that principles and virtues that worked centuries ago are even more relevant today. I am so delighted to publish this book; the wisdom it contains has the power to strengthen the world."
Grandma's Hands is available for purchase at at the retail price of $39.95. For more information please contact Luke Messecar at
About the Author
Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award-winning engineer, internationally renowned motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, and arbiter of social change. He is a recognized and respected authority on business decision-making and ethics, leadership, educational excellence, and mentorship.
His first, best-selling book, A View from the Roof, offers life lessons that empowered him to reach his dreams without compromising his values. It is now in its sixth printing and has sold over 40,000 copies around the world.
Dr. Mackie holds prestigious degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering, as well as a masters and Ph. D in mechanical engineering. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding work, including the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
He currently resides in New Orleans with his wife, Tracey, and his two sons, Myles and Mason.