License to Live: Becoming the Architect for Change In Your Life and Work  -     By: Elvin Dowling
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License to Live: Becoming the Architect for Change In Your Life and Work

Destiny Image / 2011 / Paperback

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Product Information

Format: Paperback
Vendor: Destiny Image
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.13 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0768436958
ISBN-13: 9780768436952

Publisher's Description

License to Live is where Heart of Darkness meets Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is the story of Elvin Dowling, an African American who not only to saw the world while mingling with those who rule it, but also gained the life experience to inspire others.


His story begins in an overcrowded apartment in a South Florida ghetto, winds its way through Capitol Hill in Washington, DC (and, from time to time, the White House), and lands on Wall Street, the financial capital of the world. "I am blessed and highly favored. To say that God has been good to me is an understatement when you consider the obstacles placed in my way and the losses I have endured."


By sharing the harsh realities of his upbringing, the author delves into the heart of life’s challenges while providing a roadmap for you to defy the cruelties of life. He reveals reactions to his own troubles, and unveils the detours to lead you to destiny rather than defeat.


An eye-opening and heart-stirring message that sheds light on the truth that your past does not dictate your future.

Author Bio

Elvin Dowling is an acclaimed speaker, author and America's leading advocate for achieving greatness by embracing change. The former Chief of Staff for the National Urban League, Elvin has risen through the ranks in some of America’s leading advocacy organizations in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Today, his story of hope inspires others to step into their greatness.

Editorial Reviews

Book Endorsement Quotes


"License to Live is a must-read book for anyone striving to move past their mountains and turn their obstacles into opportunities."

  • Greg S. Reid

Speaker, Filmmaker and Co-Author, Three Feet from Gold


"Elvin’s life is truly amazing and inspirational."

  • Lia T. Gaines

President & Chief Executive Officer, BEDR Corporation


"Elvin Dowling’s ability to overcome overwhelming obstacles—in spite of his circumstances—is a testament to the indomitable spirit inside each of us as we strive to live our dreams."

  • Bill Stephney

Former President, Def Jam Recordings and Author, Be a Father to Your Child


"Elvin Dowling is the sort of man who is a facilitator. He gets things done. If there’s a call to action, he’s the man who hears that clarion call and steps up to the plate… Elvin Dowling is a true motivator."

  • Wendell Pierce

Critically Acclaimed & Award Winning Actor

Played "Detective William ’Bunk’ Moreland" on HBO’s "The Wire"


"Each and every one of us want more change in our lives—change meaning to make it bigger, better, brighter, more beautiful. And, Elvin is the guy to do it because he is the leader of the ’Architects of Change.’"

  • Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul


"I have witnessed Elvin’s vitality, his ambition and his passion for ministry. I am sure that young people and older people alike will be blessed by the Word of God as presented by this very powerful and anointed brother."

  • Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr., Senior Pastor, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ


"Elvin obviously has a passion for the church and a calling that he is going to have the opportunity to fulfill."

  • Ann Nobles

Senior Vice President, Eli Lilly Company


"This book is going to touch thousands and thousands of people."

  • John Mack

President, Los Angeles Police Commission





"Having experienced both the highs and lows of life, I know what it takes to succeed. This book, License to Live, is an essential tool in helping each of us to plot our own "Real Life Roadmap" to live our greatest life, with quality and satisfaction. It’s simple truths, wrapped in a framework that most of us can understand—learning how to drive—and the universal rules that we can all learn from this common rite of passage, as we travel along our way. Read this book. Take the test. Live with passion. Change the world!"

  • Peter Hirsch

Author of the Best-Selling Book, Living with Passion


(Endorsements Below are from elvin’s website)

v     hardworking and reliable

"He’s incredibly hardworking, diligent and reliable. He has the highest integrity possible, but, more importantly, he’s just a good guy!"

-        Tom Hyde, Executive Vice President—Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


v     an asset to any organization

"Elvin is an asset to any organization, any team. He is the go-to guy to solve problems. He has a generous spirit and a great sense of humor. I couldn’t recommend him more highly."

-        Melinda Emerson, The Small Biz Lady



v     gets things done

"Elvin Dowling is the sort of man who is a facilitator. He gets things done. If there’s a call to action, he’s the man who hears that clarion call and steps up to the plate."

-        Wendell "Bunk" Pierce, Critically Acclaimed Actor—HBO’s "The Wire"



v     truly amazing

"Your life story is truly amazing and inspirational!"

-        Lia T. Gaines, President—BEDR Corporation

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