The author of "From Success to Significance," Kris Mathis, grew up here in Grand Rapids.

Living in the inner city was a tough life.  Raised by a single mother, his father left the family when he was four, the adversities he faced were rough.  Gangs, drugs, a rare facial paralysis, and more, that seemed to block his way out of his life of poverty.  But through it all, and with the strength of his mother and grandparents, Kris, not only survived, he thrived.

Kris Mathis is now a motivational speaker, and talked on my show Tuesday morning about his life, and motivating others.  Having worked with Grand Valley State University, Rotary Club International, Arbor Circle and so many more, he, along with Shannon Harris, has written his first book, "From Success to Significance: The 8 Keys to Achieving any Goal or Dream."   The book is being released this week with a book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Woodland Mall, tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Kris will be speaking as well as signing books.  It should be a great evening, and, it's open to everyone.  There is no cost, of course.

You can connect with Kris at  krismathis.com, or call 616-633-4939