by Eric V. Copage
"Tell me a story" was one of the first sentences bestselling author Eric V. Copage uttered. As a child, he asked for endless repetitions of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Aesop's fables, and as time went on he read and re-read stories such as Langston Hughes' Simple stories, Julius Lester's renditions of the Uncle Remus stories, Zen parables, and even Hasidic tales. These stories touched his heart and nourished his soul.
Interestingly enough, however, while today dozens of books of stimulating, heart-warming stories are embraced by millions of Americans, there are few collections aimed primarily at African Americans. And there are none that include practical steps to lead the reader to a more fulfilling life.
With more than 500,000 copies in print of his Black Pearls series and his Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration, Eric V. Copage has a devoted audience as an author of inspirational books for the African-American community. In his new book, Soul Food: Inspirational Stories for African Americans, Copage delivers a unique inspiring collection of stories and simple guidelines for living.
Soul Food is comprised of seven chapters, each devoted to a different aspect of life: Love, Self-Esteem, Family, Wisdom, Tenacity, Creativity, and Faith. These chapters contain tales from celebrity folklore and from the average person on the street. Chock full of stories of hope and sustenance, Copage cleverly blends both original pieces and writings by others. Some of the highlights include excerpts from Nikki Giovanni's Love Poems, Arthur Ashe's Days of Grace, Langston Hughes' The Return of Simple, Queen Latifah's Ladies First, and Richard Wright's Black Boy, as well as wisdom from such luminaries as Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosemary Bray, Cicely Tyson, and Oprah Winfrey. At the conclusion of each chapter, Copage introduces a "recipe" for finding and maintaining qualities such as love, creativity, and faith.
Bursting with inspirational stories and simple and original recipes, Soul Food is a must-read for African Americans seeking spiritual nourishment and a more fulfilling life.
Paperback: 269 pages