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For many, success is measured by the size of a bank account or the number of things owned. Folks live for the quintessential American Dream: a spouse, two kids, a dog, and a house with a white picket fence. But, what if you decided you weren't going to measure yourself by conventional yardsticks any longer, and instead you were going to measure your success by the number of lives you could change in ways too profound to articulate?

At the age of 32, Eric was finally beginning to live the life he had worked towards. With a great job, wonderful friends, and a sleek two-seater convertible, he had the world on a string. Then in the fall of 2007 he received a phone call from an old friend and he decided to leave the trappings of his old life behind.

Closing his eyes and taking a leap of faith so large that he wouldn’t even allow his mother to talk to him about it (as it made her too nervous), he sold it all and gambled on a handful of Russian boys who he felt were worth the risk. What comes next is an against-all-odds tale of Eric becoming the parent of a motley crew of Russian boys charged with proving to them, the world, and himself that the American Dream is alive and well.

The decade-long journey that followed was a real-life David and Goliath story filled with laughter and tears as Eric and his young comrades struggled to take on the world and at times, one another.

  • "This book will make you laugh and cry as you cheer on this accidental "dad" raising a brood of young Russian boys. You'll scream at the injustices they faced and root at their triumphs. Both poignant, hysterical, and sometimes enraging, this book is worth your time and has a little bit of something for everyone to relate to. The author is blunt and real and you'll fall in love with the whole crew."
  • "I read your book in one sitting last night and loved every page. Really great stuff and super inspiring. Thanks for sharing the story of you and your boys!!"
  • "This was very well written and mostly funny. It's an easy read, but Eric addressed the educational and social trials and tribulations that everyone endured so well that I was frustrated for him and at times I wanted to scream. This is an excellent book club selection because there are so many different areas to discuss. Eric did a great job! Kids are hard enough when they are your own, and you have them from birth."
  • "Omg. I read the book in one day. I don't even have words. I laughed and I cried, several times. Amazing."
  • "Reading the book and understanding what this man had done for these boys is amazing, I know I could not have done what Mr. Wilson did with all the broken promises. The book is worth reading to anyone who wants to see what it takes to raise boys that are not your."
  • "Eric has a terrific sense of humor that he brings to the chapters of Raising the KGB. Can you imagine being a single, professional adult who has finally found just the right place to be in life, who then suddenly becomes a parent to a group of rowdy boys from another country? From learning to cook borscht to trading in a sports car for a family van, this book will keep you entertained and riding an emotional rollercoaster of laughs, heartbreak, and success."
  • "I laughed and cried throughout the book. Very Inspiring."

Want to learn more about the author and the life adventure he has embarked on? Or would you like him to come speak to your organization and share his inspiring message of what it takes to answer a calling?

23110 State Road 54 #270
Lutz, FL 33549

Dreamers and Doers
23110 State Road 54 #270
Lutz, FL 33549

813.482.9093