Finding Martha's Place: My Journey Through Sin, Salvation, and Lots of Soul Food
Finding Martha's Place My Journey Through Sin Salvation and Lots of Soul Food Author:Martha Hawkins Welcome to Martha’s Place . . .Martha Hawkins was the tenth of twelve children born in Montgomery, Alabama. There was no money, but her childhood was full of love. Martha’s mother could transform a few vegetables from the backyard into a feast and never turned away a hungry mouth.Memories of the warmth of her family’s supper table would r... more »emain with Martha. Even as a poor single mother without a high school diploma, Martha dreamed of one day opening a restaurant that would make people feel at home. She’d serve food that would nourish body and soul. But time went by and that dream slipped further and further away as Martha battled the onset of what would later become a severe mental illness.But the thing about hitting bottom is that there’s nowhere to go but up. Martha decided to step into God’s promise for her life. Her boundless faith and joy led her to people who would change her world and lend a helping hand when she most needed and least expected one.Martha’s Place is now a nationally known destination for anyone visiting the Deep South and a culinary fixture of life in Montgomery. Martha only hires folks who are down on their luck, just as she once was. High-profile politicians, professional athletes, artists, musicians, and actors visit regularly. Martha has proven many times that keeping the faith makes the difference between failure and success. This is the story of how Martha finally found her place. . . .« less
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I really loved this book, actually. Martha's writing style and voice were very easy to read and I got through it very quickly. It's quite an uplifting tale of someone who came from very little but always had love in her life, and used it to overcome some great obstacles. I think it's an important book- it touches on poverty, racism, the civil rights movement, sexual violence, and mental illness- and shows how someone with determination can rise above. There is quite a lot of religion discussed in the book as well and I'm not a super religious person, but I didn't mind it. I enjoyed reading the story from Martha's perspective and understanding all that went through her head beginning in her childhood and extending through her later adult years. A great read.