Book Review: Creating Your Legacy: Remembering the past with fondness

By Susan Johnson

Copy Editor

Ray W. Empereur grew up in the Rockford area and came to appreciate the value of family, home, heritage, goals and career. His new book, Creating Your Legacy: A Do-It Yourself Guide for Baby Boomers, will help you record and preserve your memories for generations to come.

As the promo says:
This is a guide and self-help book for members of the baby boom generation to aid in development of a written legacy for their heirs. The baby boom generation comprises the 77 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, representing the children born in the post-World War II era. Boomers, raised in an era of unprecedented prosperity, have become the American ruling class, though most are just average citizens.

The book is divided into 24 brief chapters (

) containing bits of interesting information about the author’s childhood, his family, places they went, things they did, careers, etc. Many personal anecdotes will keep you entertained along the way. Interspersed with descriptions of Empereur’s family life are bits of personal philosophy that helped him to achieve success in reaching his goals. He also includes photos from his family album, identifying the people and places they went.

The author gives simple instructions for keeping a personal journal and includes an excerpt of one of his entries as a sample. He tells how he stores entries for each year on computer and files them for reference. This is an autobiographical how-to book that remembers the past with fondness and expresses optimism for the future. It will undoubtedly inspire some readers who’ve always wondered if they could write something meaningful to try Empereur’s methods. Each reader can write his or her own unique story and achieve success on a personal level, finding a new way to enhance family relationships and share acquired wisdom with the next generation. Go to it!

From the Dec. 23-29, 2009 issue

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