“When I was fifteen years old, I became a nobody,” Smitty sighed. He looked down at the kitchen floor and shook his head at the memory.

“It happened during the Great Depression. I was sitting on the marble front steps of my Daddy’s row house in Sandtown, the poor, colored Baltimore neighborhood where I grew up. My older cousin told me all the shameful secrets surrounding my birth, and that Mama and Daddy weren’t really my parents. The only conclusion I could come to was I was nobody.”

“I felt so low, felt like there was no hope. There was hope, there’s always hope, but I didn’t know it.”

“The years went by, and there I was a hard-working father of three, still wrestling with my shoeshine boy childhood and all the family secrets. I longed to be somebody significant, but I was just another black man struggling to provide for his wife and kids.”

“Then I got sick, real sick with double pneumonia. I was in my bed in the bedroom upstairs as the ladies from church were in the kitchen praying for me. They prayed the suffering would end and the Lord would let me die quick.”

“That’s when my life changed,” Smitty beams.  “Life got real good after that. It wasn’t always easy, but it was good! I want to share my story, give people hope. They need to know there’s always hope.”

Mr. Nobody Smith: A Journey to Significance, A Legacy of Faith  is the life story of the late Rev. Dr. James H. Smith told in the form of a novel.  It’s a powerful story of hope and redemption. You will be amazed at how God can use the ordinary life of “a nobody.” You will be encouraged He can do the same thing with you.

Author, speaker, and pastor Dr. Tony Evans has written a foreword for the book based on the life of his Uncle Smitty.

As I promised Smitty, I am seeking a publisher before any attempts at self-publishing. I will keep you posted on our progress!