Author Emily J. Coopwood pens first book, ‘Emily’s Story’ at age 90

There is a new author on the literary scene and it’s all because Emily J. Coopwood released “Emily’s Story: What Should I Say or How Should I Say It?” on Sunday, June 13. The nonagenarian can now add published author to her list of accomplishments in her 90 years.

Emily J. Coopwood entered the world in 1931 in Gary, Indiana as Emily Janet Robinson. To date, she has lived through the great depression, segregation, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement and the current racial reckoning. To put it all in perspective, Herbert Hoover was president in 1931. Since that time Emily J. Coopwood has experienced many presidents leading this nation, including the country’s first Black president.

Emily J. Coopwood holds her first book releaseThrough sharing stories and anecdotes, “Emily’s Story” chronicles an amazing life. The memoir takes readers through the many lessons the author learned along the way. She’s shared these pearls of wisdom with her children and subsequent generations and now extends these precious nuggets to readers.

The chapters are not only reflective of Emily Coopwood’s life but pays homage to those who shaped her, raised her and encouraged her. She also offers a touching and strikingly transparent portrait of the love of her life, Theodore Roosevelt Coopwood, Jr. that includes struggles as well as triumphs.

“I hope when you read this, it will draw you closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. I also hope it will remind you of who truly holds your tomorrows, and nothing is impossible with God,” Emily J. Coopwood shares in the book’s jacket.

The deep relationship Emily J. Coopwood has with Christ is sprinkled throughout the memoir and makes it clear that He is the one she relies on. There’s no doubt that the reader will also recognize that it is this deeply held faith and the power of God that has kept the matriarch of the Coopwood clan going strong to this very day. The book concludes with A Letter to Mothers and offers sage advice to mothers that should prove both timely and beneficial for mothers, especially those raising multiple children with varied personalities.

On Sunday, June 13, the Coopwood clan, family and friends celebrated Emily’s Coopwood’s birthday with tributes followed by a book signing for “Emily’s Story.” Attendees lined up for the opportunity to grab hold of those amazing life stories and get their autographed copy from the author. If Sunday was any indication of what the future holds for Emily J. Coopwood it would be safe to say, her latter will be greater!

“Emily’s Story: What Should I Say or How Should I Say It?” is available at Follow the author’s page on Facebook



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