Truett Cathy founded one of the largest and fastest-growing fast-food restaurants chains in America, Chick-fil-A, in 1946.
Trudy Cathy White, the daughter of Chick-fil-A founder shares the ‘secret sauce’ at work behind-the-scenes in her book A Quiet Strength: The Life and Legacy of Jeannette M. Cathy.
“A lot of people know my dad, the inventor of Chick-fil-A, but very few people have had the pleasure of knowing my mom, Jeannette Cathy. She was a remarkable lady and had a significant impact on my dad’s life, on our life as a family, and certainly in the family business. I felt like it was time to share her story,” White said.
About the Book
The memoir gives readers a look into the Cathy family by detailing the life of the unsung hero, Jeannette Cathy.
“When people pick up this book and read it, they are going to be encouraged. No matter what adversity you face in life, you can flourish because God is there to give you strength,” White said.
Jeannette focused her life on four simple words: You can with God.
She demonstrated a humble but unwavering faith in her home as well as the business.
Jeannette’s Role in Building Chick-fil-A
When Jeannette married Truett, her childhood sweetheart in 1948, they work together in the first restaurant that is still open today in Atlanta, GA. Jeannette was a waitress and did the accounting and bookkeeping. As the business grew, so did the Cathy family which is when Jeannette decided to work from home raising their children.
White shares that her mother had the most critical role in all the family, dubbing her with the title of ‘Chief Supporting Officer’. Jeannette took that role seriously by providing relentless support to her husband. “It’s important for people to realize you don’t have to be in the spotlight. You don’t have to be on the stage or holding the microphone. But you have a role to play in the lives of other people around you by undergirding and offering them support,” White said.
Throughout the growth of the business, Jeannette supported her husband with regular prayer. Truett and Jeannette prayed toget