January 10, 2017

Dr. Tony Evans Introduces

One Man’s Search for Significance in

the-legacy-of-nobody-smith-front-finalThe Legacy of Nobody



Like the most recent Smithsonian museum that chronicles the African American experience, a new biographical novel tackles concentric themes – the triumph of spirituality and significance over racism and poverty. Set in Sandtown-Baltimore at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, The Legacy of Nobody Smith traces one man’s rise to influence despite tremendous odds.


Dr. Tony Evans penned the foreword to the book as a tribute to the life and ministry of his uncle, the Reverend James “Smitty” Smith, who loved him as the “son he never had” and served as an ongoing mentor to him in his ministry.


Smitty’s story begins in Sandtown – one of Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods – during the Great Depression. As a boy, Smitty knows only the love of family and friends and very little of the ugliness that waits beyond his insulated existence. But when a cousin reveals the secrets surrounding Smitty’s unwanted birth, he enters manhood a broken and bitter man. Without sugar-coating the struggle, The Legacy of Nobody Smith delivers a heartwarming, true account of a faith strong enough to conquer bitterness and to carry one man through hardship and disillusionment to change countless lives.


Leslie Basil Payne’s first novel weaves a uniquely American tale – of the values of hard work and family – into an inspiring victory over brokenness and the divisive grip of discrimination. Along the way, we learn about the courage it takes to hope. And in a surprising twist that only God could orchestrate, Smitty’s journey ultimately leads to freedom.


“You will love Smitty!” says Payne. “He looked back over life with such gratefulness even though parts of it were very painful. The young nobody who knelt as he shined shoes became a man who stood for the Lord. Smitty’s life proves anyone can find purpose and value as God’s child. Together, we dreamed of sharing his story, for others to know there is always hope.”


Like his uncle, Dr. Tony Evans is committed to a ministry that reaches others with a transforming message of hope. “God made you on purpose for a purpose,” he says. “His plan for you is bigger than you dare imagine.” Through The Urban Alternative, Tony’s own legacy is to teach people from all backgrounds to discover and live their God-given purpose by submitting to God’s rule in every area of life.


Proceeds from the book go to The Urban Alternative and to The Helping Up Mission, a ministry for homeless and addicted men in Baltimore.



CONTACT:   Sharon Cosgrove, Riverbed Publishing

Phone: 301.723.0723




The Legacy of Nobody Smith is available on Amazon in paper or Kindle format

Available: Immediately | Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 | Binding: Softcover | Pages: 306

Category: Fiction/Christian | ISBN: 978-0-692-63693

Price: Paperback  $14.99

Kindle: $2.99