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Book reflects brothers' will to persevere

Since they grew up together, it seemed only natural to tackle a big project together. Brothers Matthew and Eric Jones recently co-authored a book, Steel Drivers Moon , which will be in stores Saturday.

Matthew started the book after he lost his drafting job with the City of Thomson because of budget cuts and health reasons a few years ago. Because his progress on the book "was going kind of slow," he asked Eric to help.

"It made it go faster. Plus, it was someone to bounce ideas off of," Matthew said.

"He'd work on one scene, and I'd work on another," Eric added.

Published by PublishAmerica, Steel Drivers Moon is about a dying outlaw whose life is spared by God. The outlaw becomes a warrior for God, doing battle against evil forces, including a revenge-seeking Apache shaman, that threaten the Central Pacific Railroad in 1867.

Eric said the main character's strong will to persevere through God's power is a reflection of his and Matthew's lives as they have suffered from muscular dystrophy. In spite of their handicaps, they have always strived to succeed in life. Matthew graduated from Thomson High School in 1999 and went on to get an associates degree in mechanical engineering from Augusta Technical Institute. Eric graduated from Thomson High in 2002 and earned his degree in accounting, also from Augusta Tech. Eric now is the bookkeeper for the family's construction business.

The brothers incorporated their Christianity in the book by beginning each chapter with a verse of scripture that coordinates with that chapter. The book is dedicated to their maternal grandfather, Roy Smith, and their uncle, David Jones. The sons of Connie and Tommy Jones of Thomson, Eric and Matthew are members of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Web posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010

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