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Meet Motlow's Ben Jobe during book signing, reception at Smyrna Center bookstore

November 7, 2013

The Motlow College Smyrna Center bookstore will host a book signing and reception for author Ben Jobe, also a Motlow adjunct faculty instructor, on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The event will be in honor of Jobe's first book, Common Threads: My Family's Journey from Slave Owner to Abolitionist, published by Create Space. The public is invited to attend and purchase copies at the bookstore and refreshments will be served.

Common Threads: My Family's Journey from Slave Owner to Abolitionist tells how a friendship began through telephone calls the callers thought were being directed to Coach Ben Jobe, an established basketball legend who is also a talent scout for the New York Knicks. The two Jobes eventually contacted one another and became friends through a series of meetings. There is more to this friendship than meets the eye, however; Coach Jobe is a descendant from a slave who was owned by Ben Jobe's great-great-grandfather.

"Some might question how the descendant of a slave owner and the descendant of one of his slaves might have any basis for friendship," Jobe states in the forward to his book. "For me, it's not that hard to figure out. Coach Ben and I share a common heritage, a 'common thread'. We believe it is a story worth telling."

This story and many more regarding Ben Jobe's family history are chronicled in Common Threads. The book is available at Motlow College bookstores, as well as, Create Space's website, and at Barnes and Noble and other bookstores.