Book Review of
Madison Park A Place of Hope
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.
I read Madison Park A Place of Hope for my challenge to read a nonfiction book for every state. I really enjoyed this book, and it is an example of why I am doing this challenge. This is a book I probably would not have read if I had not challenged myself to read books from every state.
Madison Park is a book about a small town in Alabama founded by freed slaves. This is an inspiring story about a community that helped, encouraged, and inspired a boy to do great things.
With their help and encouragement, he left the community, he grew up in, to go a college, and eventually went to work at the Oval Office. This book was a reminder that small town America, where people come together to support one another, is still very much alive.