Book Review: AS GRANDMA SAYS by Judith Robl


Judith Robl’s grandmother obviously made an unforgettable impression with her homespun axioms and adages – ones such as “How do you know you can’t unless you try?” “Don’t burn your bridges before you cross them,” “If your head won’t work, your heels must,” and “You will not make a scene and disgrace the family.” But who would believe such everyday admonitions could have biblical applications?

In AS GRANDMA SAYS: Timeless Words to Live By*, author Judith Robl has paired the everyday sayings with thoughtfully written meditations, well chosen scripture verses and brief prayers, thus creating forty-one devotional readings perfect for quiet moments of reflection.

Each page is illustrated with gorgeous paintings by artist Audrey Jeanne Roberts, turning the book into far more than just a devotional publication. It is a beautiful keepsake well suited for gift-giving and sharing.

It’s a delight to read, and I’m pleased to recommend it to you.

You can find Judith Robl online at As Grandma Says is available at Amazon and Barns and Noble.


by Judith Robl
Harvest House Publishers (February 2011)
ISBN 978-0-7369-3004-8


* Disclaimer – This book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of review.


Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

7 thoughts on “Book Review: AS GRANDMA SAYS by Judith Robl

  1. Thank you for recommending this book, Carol. I love these quotes, and I grew up listening to them. Both my parents loved to spin our heads with formidable warnings. LOL. I reached 13 and was so happy I hadn’t broken my neck. “You’ll break your neck” was something my mother said a lot; bless her soul.

    Thanks, Carol. I can see why you love this book.

    1. Is there a parent anywhere who hasn’t dropped such admonitions on their kids? I grew up with, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” Then there was, “Always wear clean underwear when you go out. You never know when you may be hit by a bus.” LOL. I doubt there’s a devotional to be created from that one.

    1. It really is a lovely book, and the illustrations are exquisite. Judith says it’s geared to young women and I think it would make a lovely gift for graduates and new brides.

  2. Wow! Looks gorgeous, and I love the sayings you mention, especially “you will not make a scene and disgrace the family.” 🙂

    I’m going to be sending this one to a few people for Christmas, I think–it’s the perfect nostalgic but still useful gift book.

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