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Madison Park: A Place of Hope

Madison Park: A Place of Hope

Zondervan 2017 Hardcover

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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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  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN: 031034963X
  • ISBN-13: 9780310349631
  • UPC: 025986349639
  • SKU: 9780310349631
  • Release Date: November 14, 2017
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover

About the Author


Eric L. Motley

Eric L. Motley

Eric Lamar Motley was born near Montgomery, Alabama, United States and grew up in the Madison Park community (Montgomery, AL).[1] He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Aspen Institute. He formerly served as Executive Director of National Programs, Vice President and Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellows Program[2] as well as the Executive Director of the Aspen-Rockefeller Foundation’s Commission to Reform the Federal Appointments Process.

Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as director of the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. The office had a 100-person staff and a budget that exceeded $80 million. Prior to that, he had served as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Presidential Personnel, where he managed the appointment process in the White House for over 1,200 presidentially-appointed advisory board and commission positions. He joined the White House staff as Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel in 2001 at the age of 27 immediately after receiving his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University. He was the youngest appointee by the George W. Bush Administration.

Motley earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Samford University in 1996. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he earned a Master of Letters in International Relations and a Ph.D. in International Relations as the John Steven Watson Scholar.

Motley sits on numerous national and Washington, DC boards. He is involved in the arts and humanities and is a book collector. In June 2006, his life story was featured in the Washington Post as part of the series "Being a Black Man in America."

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