Best Selling Author
Touchstone Blessings and Legacy of ‘Family’
Linda Eatmon-Jones, an award-winning author, was a creative nonfiction writer, whose biographies depicted the touchstone blessings and legacy of her immediate and extended families.
Her writings provided an intimate look inside Linda’s special enduring relationship with her husband, Earle Jones, built upon a rock-solid foundation of mutual love, trust and respect –family values – and a strong Christian faith. Her work also revealed how both her and Earle’s parents encouraged their children to be industrious, take responsibility for their own lives, and for each to acquire quality formal education. Each of them was instilled with the understanding: to always place a strong value on family, faith and community involvement.
Buoyed by recurring touchstone themes of valuing one’s family and personal resilience, Linda’s three books also let readers become personally acquainted with the unsung heroes and heroines she wrote about. These heroes and heroines represent the roots and branches of this remarkable and successful Black American family.
About the Author
Bending but not breaking
Touchstone of Resilience
Touchstone of Resilience is the first in Linda’s book series “Touchstones for Impact.” This book is about the legacy created by Samuel Jones, the grandfather of her husband Earle, and his refusal to become a victim of the Ku Klux Klan’s ferocity in the 1920s. This courageous patriarch’s unwavering will and resiliency to not break, while having to bend, to the storms of the Klan’s fiery racist attack, saved his family – and made it possible for future generations to succeed. Family descendants continued a determined and rewarding path of gaining and letting education guide their destinies. The family mantra became: Education is the road map to becoming a life student, compassionate friend, accomplished professional and caring world citizen. It also is a bulwark to help one weather life’s storms. The essays written in this book by family, friends and colleagues, enable readers to vicariously, but personally, get to know Earle and Linda like family. Strong family ties and values, and resiliency in the face of adversity, are shared Touchstones for physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy people – worldwide.
Significant Life Lessons
Thank you Daddy
“Thank You Daddy” is a book in the Touchstones for Impact series – A Touchstone of Selflessness. The book is Linda’s very thoughtful and read on an underserved topic – adoption and the selflessness of a man who stepped in to raise Linda, another man’s child, as his own.
In this story, Linda presents 12 powerful lessons and teachable moments that she learned from “Daddy” which helped her build a solid foundation for a successful life. Each of “Linda’s lessons,” has an excellent digestible blend of anecdotes and relatable elements to entice and reward the reader.
A Touchstone of Determination - True Grit
“A Touchstone of Determination – True Grit” is a story of one man’s career journey from North Carolina by way of Florida, ultimately to the Black Belt of Alabama. This the personal story of Dr. James Mitchell, who is the President of Wallace Community College in Selma, Ala. Dr. Mitchell was driven by his dreams, vision and determination to transform the education and economic trajectory of Blacks along the way. Due to his own economic circumstances earlier in life, he never wanted education to be outside the reach of any child.
The challenges, opposition and resistance he encountered during his first decade in the Black Belt would have driven less-determined souls to give up. Dr. Mitchell persevered, even as he confronted all the stereotypical studies and the age-old civil rights programs that were not a good fit for the times or the place. He “poked the bear of change” and won. Most of his innovative programs at Wallace Community College Selma were the first in the state.