It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman

It Is Well with My Soul The Extraordinary Life of a Year Old Woman An African American centenarian shares wisdom from a life well lived An inspirational dynamic and one of a kind woman Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson s ordinary life has been nothing less than extraordinar

  • Title: It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman
  • Author: Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson Patricia Mulcahy
  • ISBN: 9780143117445
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • An African American centenarian shares wisdom from a life well lived An inspirational, dynamic, and one of a kind woman, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson s ordinary life has been nothing less than extraordinary throughout the course of her 106 years The oldest living black graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Ella Mae is the child of former slaves who has experienced th An African American centenarian shares wisdom from a life well lived An inspirational, dynamic, and one of a kind woman, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson s ordinary life has been nothing less than extraordinary throughout the course of her 106 years The oldest living black graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Ella Mae is the child of former slaves who has experienced the best and worst of the past century, including the 2009 presidential inauguration, which she memorably attended last January Through it all, she has endured and thrived by believing that compassion is the key to the good life In It Is Well with My Soul, she shares her insights on living a long and enjoyable life and her hopes for the future.

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    1. Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson Patricia Mulcahy

      Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson was an American social worker, activist and author She received national recognition in 2009 when, at 105 years old, she travelled to Washington D.C to attend the inauguration of U.S President Barack Obama.

    123 thoughts on “It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman”

    1. I feel bad for giving this book only 1 star. Especially since it was written (with some help) by a cute little old lady. A little old lady who happened to be 106 years old when she wrote it. I was hoping that her biography would go into more detail about her childhood and growing up during the different wars and eras of history. Mostly the book felt like one giant ramble. There was no clear cut theme for each chapter despite what the titles may lead you to believe. Half the time she would start [...]


    2. I saw this book in a review. I knew nothing of this woman. The book is a simple walk your talk book. Philosophy over a 106 year lifetime. Amazing woman displaying integrity every year of her life. SO . . . inspirational.


    3. A nice memoir of a 106-year-old African American woman that probably wouldn't have been written if she hadn't managed to attend Obama's inauguration. Some of her challenges are astonishing--not knowing her own birthday because the country didn't record vital records for blacks when she was born, having to wear heavy makeup on one train to be allowed to ride in the sleeper car, losing her husband to a degenerative disease in his thirties and having to support her children. In other ways, she seem [...]


    4. I thought I was going to LOVE this book. I feel bad for only giving it 2 stars. One star was for Mrs. Cheeks Johnson being so cute and overcoming huge odds. The other star because I really do think she had a phenomenal life. I agree with some of the other reviewers that said it was rambling. It was. What could have been a page turner (the woman lived 106 years. She lived through Jim Crow, became a social worker, breast cancer, two sons, two marriages, President Obama's inauguration) was Not cohe [...]


    5. I admit outright that despite my 5 star rating I have not yet read the book. I've had a copy for quite some time. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Johnson many years ago when I worked for her son Jim Cheeks. She was an absolutely lovely lady, full of grace with a warm, welcoming smile when she met someone. Her pride in her son was tangible. I've read many of the reviews here and suspect that Mrs. Johnson was not so much looking to piece a history or story together, which may account for the fac [...]


    6. It is Well with My Soul is a memoir by Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson about her long 106 year life. Johnson gained attention in 2008 when she attended Obama's Inauguration. Evan and I also attended the inauguration and were on the same plane as Johnson. We sat in the row behind her as people around us asked her questions about life and her thoughts on Obama. For me, it was a really cool way of starting out our trip, thinking about this black woman who had seen so many changes in society that lead her t [...]


    7. I found this to be a somewhat tough read because it was here and there. An old woman (106!!) telling about her life. The hard part was she would go off on tangents. The charm of that is you can picture an old woman just going on about her life. But it made it hard to read at times. That being said, Ella Mae had a really amazing life and lots of stories. I guess anyone with 106 years under her belt could claim that, but maybe not. She was well traveled, wise, and had experienced a lot living as a [...]


    8. I was very excited about this book, as I'm interested in stories of people who have lived a very long time through the extraordinary changes of the 20th century. I'm also passionate about the civil rights movement, and Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson had seen everything in her long lifetime. Her life was quietly inspirational, and she imparts lessons that are still applicable today. My only two gripes were the writing -- I think it was almost too train of thought and could have used some tightening up - [...]


    9. I am sure that Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson's real life truly was an "Extraodinary Life", as the subtitle of this book suggests, given the drastic changes in society that she saw in her lifetime. But Patricia Mulcahy should be embarrassed at how boring of a book she wrote. A good book keeps me awake at night. I couldn't read more than 2 or 3 pages of this book without falling to sleep. It was very unorganized. Necessary background information to help the reader understand the context of what Ella Mae [...]


    10. I didn't like this book quite as much as I liked the Life Is So Good or the books by the Delancy sisters. But it was still pretty interesting. This lady is much more reserved, so I felt like I got to know her only on the surface, and seemed to be a little too full of slightly trite "this is the way I am" stuff and laudatory quotes from grandchildren. But that may not be the fault of the subject but the biographer. Anyway. I really enjoyed reading about her reaction to attending Barack Obama's in [...]


    11. I have mixed feelings about this book. I found it confusing because it isn't told in a consistent time line. She sort of jumps around. So many things that Johnson had to say were interesting, but I would have enjoyed hearing it so much more than reading it. I reflected a lot on older people I have known and how important their cadences and expressions are when they speak. One more thingwhile I felt that we had a lot of common beliefs, I just couldn't get on board with her political ideals.


    12. It was extraordinary that she lived to 106, and she was certainly an extraordinarily kind, wise, generous, spirited individual. But even all of that doesn't necessarily add up to an "extraordinary life". I can imagine certain people in particular stages of life, or with certain prejudices or assumptions about African-Americans, and/or seniors -- who would benefit and even be enlightened by this book. But those groups aren't going to be the ones to read it. So not sure how this got green-lighted [...]


    13. This book reads like you are hearing Ella Mae speak. It is not a literary opus, but it is a conversation with the subject as she tells us the high points and the information she wants to share with us about her life. She was 106 at the time it was written, and it reads like you are sitting in with her and listening to her stories. I found it a nice pleasant read, with many inspirational messages mixed in. It was like being with my grandmother.


    14. The subtitle of the copy I read is "Extraordinary life of a 106-year-old Woman." I must have the newer edition. Wow! I saw this at the library and picked it up; how could anyone Not be interested in the perspective of life from a 106-year-old? Having said that, it was Ho-Hum. I could have read the last chapter and skipped the rest. Her philosphy of life: be compassionate and a good samaritan.


    15. Not sure yet. I got this recommendation from Brenda Opperman and I trust her!OK--it wasn't a very well-written book. As Brenda said, it was more like a conversation with Ella Mae. Some parts were a bit confusing as she jumped around out of chronological order. But she had a rather interesting life and it was a very quick read.


    16. Encouraging and uplifting story about Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson--106 years old in 2010. Life lessons for all of us to learn. Choices are yours, think about what that choice will be, prayer and let it happen.Truly enjoyed the thoughts shared, and the life led.


    17. This was a very touching book.Ella Mae had a very strong self-confidence and she needed it her struggle to seek higher education, raise two boys after the death of her beloved husband and provide support to those in need. She was constantly striving to do the Lord's will in her life.


    18. This was a wonderful book. It is simple and doesn't go on and on like it certainly could w/ 106yrs worth of experience. This is an amazing woman that seemed to never really think of herself that way. I'm recommending it to everyone!!!


    19. Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson saw everything from the World Wars to the lifting of the Jim Crow laws to President Obama's inauguration. This book is a sweet story of her life and the lessons she's learned. It meanders a bit, but no more than your grandma would.


    20. The book reads like an afternoon sitting with your grandmother, listening to her tell her stories and share her life lessons in her own way. It rambles and weaves around, but pay attention and you will find the nuggets of wisdom.


    21. I had heard such interesting things about this book. Written by a woman 106 yrs. old - wow - I thought, it would be full of great insight for life, but it was lacking in depth.


    22. This was an interesting biography of a black woman. She's very old and came to many conclusions that are confirmed by the gospel.



    23. Hey sweet little autobiography of a African American woman who got to go to President Obama's Inauguration at the age of 106.


    24. I think there is a tremendous story to be told here but it wasn't. Very light reading. The story could have gotten so much more in depth.


    25. I liked this book. It was very simple, but yet a great example of a woman who accomplished it all. Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson is so inspiring!





    26. Such an interesting life. She has seen so much in her 106 years. Sometimes the story was a little hard to follow in its conversational style but still a fascinating read.


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