Screen Door

A Memoir

by Sharon D. Smith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/15/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781490835174
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781490835167

About the Book

Sharon Smith reaches deep down and recaptures the torturous times of her childhood growing up in Harlem, New York. From kindergarten through high school, her experiences accelerated her awareness of life’s unyielding challenges. She met the hard and bitter reality of becoming an outcast. Concurrently, her family was shattered by alcoholism, poverty, and physical abuse. As her mother traveled the country, Sharon became the substitute mother for her sister and three brothers. She endured adversity and hostility in 1960s Harlem public housing projects.

Entering her teenage years, Sharon met with even more abysmal poverty and despair. Her health compromised, compounded with family issues, Sharon longed and prayed for acceptance and a better life. Despite all of the challenges, she decides to return to the religion of her youth. She began to seek God’s guidance and the meaning of love in her life. With prayer and reading of the Scriptures, Sharon found salvation and contentment.

As she tells her tumultuous early childhood story, filled with years of ridicule and contempt from her peers, which tore at her self-esteem and self-worth, we begin to see her life unfold, the little girl guarded behind the protection of God’s screen door.

January 2014

About the Author

Bio of Writer – Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith

Experienced her first encounter with God in 1962 at the age of seven in Harlem, New York’s Lincoln Projects, when she was crouched in the corner of a hall closet. Her heart beating as if it was going to come out of her chest, the loud knocking at her front door grew more forceful. As her mother approached the door to see who was there, Sharon heard the voice of the Lord softly say, “Don’t be afraid, it’s your father.” A relaxed feeling came over her small body, as her mother opened the door to her alcoholic, abusive father and the police.

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Sharon was educated in the New York City public school system. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Training from Herbert H. Lehman College, and a Master’s Degree in Business Education from New York University.

Suffering through the indignities of intra-racial prejudices, fights, poverty and an alcoholic parent, God answered her prayers through life’s challenges. No matter what the problem is, God is right in the midst of it all.

There is NOTHING too hard for God. Be encouraged, “For the Lord IS good, His mercy is everlasting and His truth endureth through ALL generations. – Psalm 100:5