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Eric Motley grew up in the freed slaves' town of Madison Park, Alabama. From this beginning in the black community, he rose to become a special assistant to President George W. Bush. His story is an odyssey of grace and gratitude--a charming, engaging, and deeply inspiring memoir that reveals the amazing power of faith--in God and each other. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 031034963X
ISBN-13: 9780310349631

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Welcome to Madison Park, a small community in Alabama founded by freed slaves in 1880. And meet Eric Motley, a native son who came of age in this remarkable place where constant lessons in self-determination, hope, and unceasing belief in the American dream taught him everything he needed for his journey to the Oval Office as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.

Eric grew up among people whose belief was to "give" and never turn away from your neighbor’s need. There was Aunt Shine, the goodly matriarch who cared so much about young Motley’s schooling that she would stand up in a crowded church and announce Eric’s progress or his shortcomings. There was Old Man Salery, who secretly siphoned gasoline from his beat-up car into the Motley’s tank at night. There were Motley’s grandparents, who bought books for Eric they couldn’t afford, spending the last of their seed money. And there was Reverend Brinkley, a man of enormous faith and simple living. It was said that whenever the Reverend came your way, light abounded. Life in Madison Park wasn’t always easy or fair, and Motley reveals personal and heartbreaking stories of racial injustice and segregation. But Eric shows how the community taught him everything he needed to know about love and faith.

This charming, engaging, and deeply inspiring memoir will help you remember that we can create a world of shared values based on love and hope. It is a story that reveals the amazing power of faith in God and each other. If you’re in search of hope during troubled times, look no further than Madison Park.

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Eric Motley grew up in Alabama, the son of adoptive parents who raised him in the freed slave’s town of Madison Park, Alabama.  From this beginning in the black community he rose to become a special assistant to President George W. Bush.  Eric is Executive Vice President of the think tank The Aspen Institute which on a national and international level discusses today’s global issues that face the United States and her partners across the world.

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    This memoir is a tribute to the community, Madison Park, that raised Eric Motley. Motley was born to a teenage mother and adopted by his grandparents. The people of Madison Park, AL, rallied around young Motley and chose him to be their D.U.K. (Designated University Kid). The way they sacrificially gave of their time and resources to help him succeed is astounding. This book gives an interesting glimpse into the history of Madison Park, life in a Deep South African American community, racial issues that accompany Motley's ambitions and achievements, and the life-changing impact of safe, strong community ties.

    From his humble beginnings in Madison Park, a community established by freed slaves after the Civil War, Motley went on to graduate from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He then went to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and eventually became an assistant to President George W. Bush. He currently serves as an executive vice president of the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
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