About the Book
Grandma Waves With Her Heart
Grandma grew up with women. She lived her life surrounded by women, from her two sisters to her two daughters and her two grandchildren. But now there’s a new member in the family—a boy named Rooster.
Grandma is at first flummoxed. How will she go about raising a boy? But as days go by, she soon learns to let him be. Boys are born as boys, she says, and they are meant to stay that way. Rooster and Grandma’s bond grows strong and deep. Grandma is a doting and supportive grandparent; she watches Rooster grow with pride in her eyes and understanding in her heart. But when Rooster becomes a young man, he starts feeling embarrassed to be seen with his grandmother. It just doesn’t look cool! How will grandma take this?
Grandma Waves with Her Heart is one of the many books written by Austine Royer Smith. This heartwarming tale will touch many readers, as it shows them a love so pure and true. With its engaging narrative and lively illustrations, Grandma Waves with Her Heart is a perfect bedtime book for children and their grandparents.
Ocean City, New Jersey
“This illustrated book is easy to read. My son insisted on reading it together, and it was an unforgettable experience. I also love the fact that buying this book will help many orphaned Haitians.”
Piscataway, New Jersey
“My five-year-old boy picked this book for our bedtime story ritual. He enjoyed listening to the story so much that he asked if we could go to his grandma’s place the next day. This story taught him so much about unconditional love, and I’m glad we stumbled upon this book.”
McIntosh, South Dakota
“This story melts my heart! I am a grandma’s girl myself, and reading this to my little ones brings back memories. There’s nothing that can break a bond between a grandchild and a grandparent.”
Boci’s New Shoes
A boy named Boci lives in one of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti. Living there is not easy and it only makes it harder when you are born with physical anomalies. Boci has dwarfism and a hunched back. Despite being in an unfavorable condition, his wishes and desires are simple.
When he met Sister Austine, a missionary who helped many people in Haiti during a calamity, he could only ask for a good pair of shoes. Sister Austine and her team took good care of him and his family. They taught them how to pray and brought them closer to the Lord. Sister Austine promised Boci his pair of shoes and asked him to pray to God for his gift.
Then one day, something unfortunate happened and Sister Austine could not bring back Boci what she promised. She was distraught and very much concerned she would disappoint Boci on her return. But surprisingly, a miracle happened. Everything suddenly worked as planned and Sister Austine was able to make Boci happy, gifting him what she promised—a nice pair of shoes.
Amanda T. Banning
"A heartwarming read. God truly works in mysterious ways. I believe that He showers us with little miracles every day. This story is a testament to it."
Edith J. Neal
“Overall the book has a happy vibe. Although the story is quite short, the author still manages to get her message across. I’d recommend this to those who want to feel the goodness of the Lord.”
The responsibility for taking care of your parents when they are older is heavy. Especially if you already have a life of your own—a decent job, a home, and a family—the decision to commit a parent into a nursing home full-time is immeasurably hard. However, despite these dilemmas and sacrifices, Austine Smith still accepted the role, giving up everything and going back to her hometown and living with her mother during her final years.
The book is a personal account of Smith during the time when she was taking care of her mama for 10 years. It was a challenging feat and a divinely inspired time because Smith was the least likely to take care of her parents amongst her six siblings. She loathed returning to her parents’ place despite having been given a lot near their home to build her house on. She recalled many times how much she disliked living in a place filled with “too many unhappy memories.”
But the thought of her mother nearing her passing gave her the drive to give up everything and return home to live with her. She was very reluctant at first, remembering all the mistreatment she’d suffered during her childhood. However, she became thankful for the opportunity as she realized it was the chance to free herself from all those burdens. Coming back home, she underwent a cathartic healing process. She was able to forgive those who hurt her and ask for forgiveness from those she had hurt. Above all, she was able to forgive her mother and learned that “there is healing in your own home.”
James M. Morrill
“This book inspires me to go back to my hometown and just be with my family. I have been living independently away from home for 45 years now and I can relate to the author’s disinterest to go back. From this book I’m appreciating how important it is to be with your parents at the end days of their lives.”
Tammy J. Green
West End, SC
“This book warms my heart at the same time saddens it. I admire the author’s love and care for her mother during the times she needs it most. She gave up everything and took care of her for ten years until her death. I could just imagine how much patience and perseverance it took to do such selfless deed. You truly are an inspiration Austine. And I highly recommend this book to everyone.”
The Edge of the Field
A vision was turned into a mission. God has spoken to Austine Royer Smith to “possess the land” and, just like Ruth in the Bible, to glean at the edge of the field. The mission is just as ambiguous as it sounds at first; however, Smith is as dedicated to pursue the mission as she is faithful that God will lead the way and guide her along the journey.
The book is about Smith’s pursuit of building Foundling Houses, homes for abandoned children in the poor country of Haiti. Because of the country’s unfavorable conditions, parents opt to abandon their severely ill children for a quick and merciful death. Smith thought that they can save these children if they could get to them soon enough.
Accomplishing their mission was not easy. Smith, together with her friends, encountered grave circumstances which would easily prompt them to abandon it. Smith was met with broken bones, fever, colds, and ominous turn of events, but Smith persisted and delivered an inspiring effort to build the house that would save a lot of children’s lives. This true-to-life story just shows how powerful God can be in guiding you in your pursuit of a greater cause.
Laurie J. Smith
“Recommending this to every person close to me. Such an amazing read! Reading these unbelievable experiences gives me hope and empowerment.”
Nancy S. Dixon
“The personal experience! Well written . . . love it! Will recommend.”