For starters, the new book has been ranked in the top ten books of 2009 in Houston Home Journal Columnist Larry Walker’s annual book review. Mr. Walker is a Perry GA lawyer and former long time state representative who also happens to be an avid reader. He writes a weekly column for the Houston Home Journal and once a year he does a book review column on the books he reads in a year, which I understand is in the neighborhood of 40 books. That article will appear in the Houston Home Journal on Saturday January 9th. Although I have seen the article, I won’t spoil it and post it here before it is published but I will tell you Larry Walker ranked The Legacy of Eulan Brown #2.
I think Eulan Brown would be proud.
I have also received emails and phone calls from friends who have read the book. I know there is a possibility they are just being nice. Who would call or write a friend and tell them they didn’t like their book? But in spite of that possibility, some of the calls and emails have brought tears to my eyes.
I am beginning to see the potential of lessons learned from a Grit newspaper delivery boy illustrated by simple real life stories touching a whole lot of folks all across the country. Yep, that brings tears to my eyes.
"Bruce, thanks so much for the package. we received it in the mail saturday and i could not put it down."
"I'm almost done!! It is absolutely wonderful!! I can't put it down!"
"There sat a man with Cerebral Palsy in a wheelchair. I though 'Great!' sarcastically. As I followed him back to his cubicle, I remembered what you said in your new book about God putting people in our lives, and about peeling back the onion. So I decided to have a better attitude. To make the story short, by the end, he and I were having a good conversation…. I bet most people don't want to even get in the cubicle with him, much less treat him like a human being…. I decided that was a good time to tell him about your book and wrote down the website and my email address. I can see several of your lessons in that encounter. If I hadn't read some of your book the night before, it probably would have turned out much differently. Who knows, maybe I made a new friend."
"I sat down Christmas night and read the whole book. Couldn't put it down. It meant even more to me since I knew so many of the people either personally or through you. I will want to get some additional copies so I will be in touch."
For me it was what I needed to read before Christmas. Before I even opened it up I knew that there were going to be the fond memories of times shared together. I laughed and shed a few tears."
"To all my friends: I just finished an awesome inspirational book I think all of you should check out...it is called The Legacy of Eulan Brown. I thought we had a bad year with my dad's illness & my husband's accident but thank God they are both still here & the lessons that were learned in all of it!! Thanks so much Bruce, I laughed, thought & cried!!"
"As I read through the book, I couldn't wait to email you and tell you about all the wonderful feelings I would get as I read about the many different people you wrote about that touched your life."
"Your book made me laugh, think, and cry. I hope that now, after reading it, I can laugh a little more, think a little more, and cry a little more each day."
"I don't know when I've been so touched as I was the other day when I received my autographed copy of your latest book."
"Just finished your book today and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I learned so much about you and your family and your great faith and attitude about life."
"Every story I finished, I either was laughing or had tears running down my cheek."
"Just finished your book- and I felt compelled to tell you thanks for sharing your amazing insight with the world. I shed many tears, of regret, and of joy- you have an amazing God-given gift to put into words the stories of your heart."
"What you said about Jessie Mae really literally jumped out and grabbed me by the throat- 'the evidence of love is humility.' It also reminded me of the verse in Micah (6:8)- 'He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.' Thank you again for inspiring a broken, yet redeemed man-there may yet be hope for me..and for those who walk behind us. May we always walk with humility..."
"Really enjoying Bruce's book. Brings back many memories of living in a small town and the people that were important to you."
"WONDERFUL!!!!!! Was given a copy of your new book for Christmas and just wanted you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed. You have such a way with words and can certainly "make me recall" some wonderful memories of growing up in small town Georgia."
"It is a goodie! Gave it to my neighbor after I finished and she has already ordered View from a Hearse to follow up!"
The Legacy of Eulan Brown is available at www.brucegoddard.com or can be purchased locally at the following locations:
Taylor County Drugs
Ft. Valley, GA
1806 Russell Parkway
Warner Robins, GA
331 GA Hwy 49
811 Carroll St.
Golden Bough Books
371 Cotton Ave