This book tells us the true story of a child who, having almost everything against him, decided not only to survive, but to build a fulfilling and dignified life.
Michael Soward grew up in a conservative environment in the South, where he was beaten regularly. Being very young, his mother died and his father decided to leave him and his little brother with his maternal grandmother. Working since he was six years old in the cotton fields, Michael desperately needed a lifesaver to help him keep his head above the water and he found it in music. He began playing the organ at his local church and when he finally managed to escape away from his grandmother to the big city, his love for the sacred music followed him to his new home, providing a faith that would be much needed in the years to follow.
In the course of his story, Michael tells us how he served in the US Navy for 3 years and how he was able to prosper in different cities, succeeding in a couple of different professions; he also tells us about the delights and disappointments of his marriage and family life and throughout the text he explains his philosophy and way of looking at life: “If All Else Fails, Smile”.