Clifton L. West III Shares His Extraordinary Life in Inspirational New Memoir

A church deacon and former MIT coach and assistant professor shares his life’s journey and faith in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Lodi, CA, September 05, 2017 --( Love, affirmation and positive instruction are the ingredients for a life well lived and shared with others. That’s the belief of Clifton L. West III, who calls himself “an imperfect and ordinary man to whom God gifted an extraordinary life.” In a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, West writes about his life and faith, offering inspiration for the quest everyone embarks on until they encounter their own mortality.

West, who serves as deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church, asks tough questions such as how people prepare themselves for facing mortality and how to retain hope and joy while navigating through the times of their life. He shares details of his early life as the firstborn of four children in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1950 and attending school in Topeka, Kansas, just one year after the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka that led to school desegregation.

After his family moved to California, the author became California and national champion in the mile run in 1968 and was captain of the track and field team at the University of California, where he almost made the 1972 Olympic team in the 1500-meter run. He went on to qualify for the 1977 USA team in the 4-by-400-meter relay, which toured Europe.

“Of Life and Time” aims to provide a resource for encouragement and enlightenment for anyone who reads it, offering a heartfelt telling of the author’s life and what he has learned about faith, love and his humanity during his own quest toward mortality.

West, who served as a coach and assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), worked for IBM for three years as a software developer before becoming an independent software developer. He is a songwriter and member of Black Men Who Mean Business with his brother, Cornel West. The father of two and stepfather of one has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Of Life and Time
Clifton L. West III
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5334-9 96 pages $12.99 US Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5696-8 96 pages $24.99 US Hardcover

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