Monday, April 22, 2013
Yes, the book really is that good a read. Metaxas does a great job of blending historical fact with historical narrative. While he definitely does include his personal beliefs in the book, it is not done in an overt way. Rather, it's very tasteful and matter-of-fact. And it is always in keeping with the narrative of each of the men the book touches on.
From George Washington to Chuck Colson you will learn things you likely never knew, or even heard about, before. The book will keep you engaged.
If you find on chapter less than interested take Metaxas suggestion and skip around the book. It really does read as 7 seperate stories, just as he claims it can in the introduction.
For me personally, I learned a great deal about Jackie Robinson and the struggles he faced while trying to make Major League Baseball a completely integrated part of life in the world. He didn't feel it had been accomplished yet when he passed away, and I found that sad considering how many years had passed and how much he personally sacrificed to that end.
If you looking for some direction in your own life, or just a few inspirational tales, this book is more than worth the time it will take you to get from cover to cover.
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Friday, April 05, 2013
That being said, if you want some affirmation of your belief that this country has skewed it's moral compass greatly through the years, this is definitely a book for you. If you're a history guru, also a book for you. If you think that everything in America is just swell, might not be for you. Then again, it could just change your mind. Who am I to say?
I was given this book through Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program in exchange for my honest review of the work.