Hugh Hawkins memoir of childhood in western Kansas and Oklahoma was a very pleasant read. The author's honesty, unpretentious writing and attention toHugh Hawkins memoir of childhood in western Kansas and Oklahoma was a very pleasant read. The author's honesty, unpretentious writing and attention to detail made the book much more interesting than anticipated.
Hawkins father worked for the Rock Island Railroad. Thus the title for the book. His employment brought financial stability to the family during the rough times of the 1930s and the Depression. Financial stability didn't necessarily equate to staying in one place as father was moved from station to station.
Hawkins paints a poignant picture of a boy leaving friends behind when the family moved. He relives the hardships and joys of settling into a new location, making friends and going to school. He examines family life and relations to his parents and siblings.
Hawkin’s descriptions of the small towns and people where they lived are very personal. We see life from the perspective of the young boy growing to adolescence. We truly get to see what he felt was important in his life and how his life experience was shaped in large part by his father’s work.
While “The Railwayman’s Son” may not be great literature, it was certainly a good read for me....more
Eric Hipple, former quarterback for the Detroit Lions and Utah State University, has written a compelling story of his life, the triumphs and the tragEric Hipple, former quarterback for the Detroit Lions and Utah State University, has written a compelling story of his life, the triumphs and the tragedies. Hipple's son, Jeff, committed suicide at age 15. This was a turning point in Eric's life. For the first time he sought answers about his own problems and came face to face with DEPRESSION - Jeff's and his own.
Eric presents his story honestly and powerfully. He recounts battles with depression and alcohol in high school. Only, he didn't know that he was battling depression then. The battle continued through his college football career and through ten years in the NFL. He didn’t even know what depression was. He thought that how he felt was the way everyone felt. Alcohol and drugs helped numb the pain.
This book could be called “From Monday Night Football to Monday Night in Jail.” Being sent to jail for drunken driving was a significant step in taking control of his life. While in jail, he began to really think, to contemplate. He made changes for the better. And got treatment for his depression.
Eric now works with the University of Michigan Depression Center as outreach coordinator. He speaks to teens and adults and teaches them how to look for signs of depression and potential suicide.
This book is important because it faces the reality of depression in men and doesn’t flinch. It is brutally honest and passionate. Eric has courageously shown that men can have depression and can be helped. ...more
I enjoy biographies. I was concerned whether this one would be dry and unreadable. My fears were unfounded. The writing is engaging. I thorouhly enjoyI enjoy biographies. I was concerned whether this one would be dry and unreadable. My fears were unfounded. The writing is engaging. I thorouhly enjoyed learning about this Apostle of the Lord.
More importantly, I learned a lot about the role of Apostles and Prophets. I also gained insight into gospel doctrines. Reading this book was a wonderful education for me and greatly strengthened my testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints....more
I felt a special love and appreciation for President Howard W. Hunter. His history was unique in many ways. He was at once a common man and an extraorI felt a special love and appreciation for President Howard W. Hunter. His history was unique in many ways. He was at once a common man and an extraordinary disciple. I enjoyed this biography immensely....more
This is probably the best biography of Joseph Smith ever written. It is scholarly, thorough, balanced and engaging. The meticulous research of the hisThis is probably the best biography of Joseph Smith ever written. It is scholarly, thorough, balanced and engaging. The meticulous research of the historian shows in the detail.
Though he is a believer, Bushman shows great objectivity in his analysis and interpretations. He doesn't attempt to hide problems or overemphasize them. He has created a penetrating, insightful and elegant examination of a very complex man. Highly recommended....more
Spencer W. Kimball was probably the most influential man in my young life. He became president of the church just before I was called to serve a missiSpencer W. Kimball was probably the most influential man in my young life. He became president of the church just before I was called to serve a mission. He spoke at BYU while I was in the Language Training Mission and I had a strong testimony of his calling as Prophet and Apostle.
This biography is a loving tribute to a humble man who accomplished wonderful things because of his absolute faith and reliance upon the Lord. He literally gave his life to build the Kingdom of God. One could not find a better example of dedication to the Lord....more
Walter Isaacson has written a comprehensive and engaging biography of Albert Einstein. We learn how Einstein arrived at his greatest contributions toWalter Isaacson has written a comprehensive and engaging biography of Albert Einstein. We learn how Einstein arrived at his greatest contributions to theoretical physics through thought experiments and imagination. He was the ultimate non-conformist who ignored conventional thinking and questioned authority. Yet, he held men such as Isaac Newton in great esteem, even as he developed ideas that overturned some of their science. In addition to his triumphs, we learn of his failures, the times when he got the science wrong. Along the way, Isaacson presents enough explanation of the science to help us understand what was going on in physics but not so much that it bogged down the lively narrative.
We also get a comprehensive look into Einstein’s personal life. He was indeed a complex man. He could be arrogant, yet humble. He was aloof, yet approachable. He struggled in personal relationships with wives and children, yet developed many close friendships. At times, he seemed uncaring of those closest to him while his personal philosophy encompassed all of mankind. He was a humanist, socialist, pacifist, Zionist… Above all he cherished freedom – freedom to think and imagine, freedom to speak one’s mind.
Einstein’s contributions to science are immeasurable. His political, religious and philosophical ideas and opinions were controversial in his life time and many continue to be controversial today. I gained a greater appreciation for the scientist and the man. I highly recommend this biography. ...more