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“I have read many inspiring books, but nothing quite moved me the way Jimmy’s story did. His is an incredible journey of rising from the ashes and rewriting destiny. Read this and be inspired.”

—Altagracia Schroeder,
Wayland, Michigan

“I can only imagine what it is like to live in the South, in a plantation much less. But Jimmy Mosley did, and this is his story. He tells it with honesty and dignity that I cannot helped but admire the man that he is.”

—John Dupree,
Wilmington, Denver

“Faith and perseverance can go a long way. The writer of this book proved it. If you are interested to learn more about the life in Southern plantations, racism, and discrimination, then this one is for you. You will learn a lot from this.”

—Timothy Cooper,
Saginaw, Michigan

Outhouse to Whitehouse

About the Book

As a young black man living on a plantation in Southern Mississippi, Jimmy Mosley had his fair share of obstacles and challenges. Life was difficult. At an early age, he was exposed to the unfairness of the world based on the color of one’s skin. It seems incredible that humans should be treated differently just because they are born black. But if one thinks that experience clipped Mosley’s wings, then one will be surprised to find this remarkable man weathered the storms and persevered against all odds.

In Outhouse to Whitehouse, Mosley shares his journey of hardship, courage, and determination. He was no stranger to extreme poverty and racism. His experiences in the Deep South are eye-openers for the forgotten people toiling in plantations. But his difficult path did not stop there. When he served in the White House as part of a ceremonial unit, he also encountered the brunt of discrimination. Amidst all these, Mosley discovered that life is not about what one is given. Instead, he espouses the value of self-motivation, determination to win and succeed, and willingness to make a change. He proved that it is not impossible for people to overcome barriers.

Mosley’s triumph over adversities are largely owed to his deep and unwavering belief in God. He encourages readers to strengthen their faith and realize how truly blessed they are. “It’s a proof that God’s grace and strength is with us, even when we are not aware of the love he has for us,” he says.

Jimmy Mosley

About the Author

Jimmy Mosley is a retired army first sergeant whose twenty-year military career and another twenty years of experience as a military instructor equipped him with the necessary tools and skills to overcome life’s challenges. Married to Patricia for forty-one years, Mosley is active in the Christian Ministry. He is a strong believer in responsibility, hope, commitment, encouragement, and change. Currently, he teaches in Sunday schools and mentors the youth.

Excerpts

The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). Work ethics aren’t something with which a person is born; but I believe my mother planted a strong work ethic in me, without her ever realizing what was taking place. Mom would put me inside a cardboard box, which had been padded with a blanket, while she picked cotton. It wasn’t long until I would realize that picking cotton was my talent.

The Key Question that changed my life; The JROTC staff and I were sitting around the lunch table when Mark asked a question to Raymond. Mark had been a mentor teacher to me from the day I became a member of the faculty. The question was, “What do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven?” At this time, I was going through, in my mind, all the possible answers Raymond might respond with: but I knew Mark would give only the biblical answer. Mark later invited my wife and I to visit his place of worship. Only out of respect, I said, “Yes, possibly Sunday.”

That Sunday morning, crossing Jimmie Davis Bridge from Bossier City into Shreveport, I knew I would not allow another day to go by without my committing my life to God. He was my Lord and Savior. I looked at my wife who was driving the car and told her that I would be going forward that day and committing my life.

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