Educated at The University of Cincinnati (B.B.A) and European University (MBA), Gene A. Grant II has worked in several Fortune 500 Companies in various management positions in different parts of the world such as the United States, Europe, the Far East, Central America, South America and Bermuda. He has taught at the university level and has led discipleship groups and youth groups at his church. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Jody, his daughter Abigail and his son Alex.
Introduction I have written this book as a collection of advice for my daughter. Although some may not agree with everything I have to say, the ideas contained herein are what I stand for, what was passed on to me by my parents and grandparents and what I would like to convey to my daughter and other children as well. Abraham Lincoln once said, "If I were to read, much less answer all my critics, I might as well close up shop. In the end, if I have been right, it will not matter and if I have been wrong, ten angels swearing I was right will not make a difference." My heartfelt desire is that the following pages will give the reader new perceptions and thought provoking insights to enable him or her to have the courage to take a stand and to create. My hope is that some of these ideas will help you find and achieve a loving relationship with your children and others that is built on moral purpose, strength and commitment. When you take a stand or form a belief system and others tell you that you cannot do this, they simply mean that they cannot do it themselves; and, therefore, you cannot do it. Ignore these sluggish minds, for just as their thoughts and deeds are not maturing or producing the results they want and need your thoughts and deeds are moving ahead at an unstoppable pace. Let no one rob you of your intentions and standards or seduce you into their path of thinking. When you have ideals, goals, meaning, contented thoughts of a purposeful living and a faithful inner peace and happiness... Congratulate yourself, because for that period of time you have removed yourself from the living dead. Intention stealers come in all shapes and sizes. By intention, I do not mean it as a fantasy or imaginary way of being, but rather a confident conviction that you are conscious of and live by accordingly. My hope is that the meaning you choose for you and your family is one that would please God and leave no room for doubt from those that are around you. Opening Day My dearest Abigail: Words cannot begin to express the joy and contentment that I felt on that first day of June 1996 when the doctor delivered you from your mother. At that precise moment, I realized that God had "loaned" you to us and now it was up to your mother and I to raise you in a manner that was pleasing to God. Your mother and I were given you only through the GRACE (your middle name) of our Lord and Savior. As I held you in my arms that day and the days and nights to follow, I knew that no matter what was going on in the world around us that you were and are "our precious little girl." Although the events that occurred in the few precious moments of the beginning of your life were sometimes trying, we knew that you were cradled not only in our arms, but also in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please know that we take the responsibility of raising you with Christ as a very serious matter and will do all that is possible to make sure that goal is accomplished. You may not always agree with our point of view, but we only want what is best for you. With the assistance of our Master, we know that together as a family we can accomplish all things. WELCOME TO THIS WORLD As time moves on (and at times it seems to move too quickly!), your goals will become our goals; your dreams will become our dreams, just as your concerns will