This book is breathtakingly articulate. It expresses my feelings and views on what America means better than anything I've ever read. This is in my to...moreThis book is breathtakingly articulate. It expresses my feelings and views on what America means better than anything I've ever read. This is in my top 10 favorite books I've ever read, and I can't recommend it highly enough.(less)
Next to scripture, this book has brought me closer to Christ, helped me to understand Him as a Man, and strengthened my relationship with Him more tha...moreNext to scripture, this book has brought me closer to Christ, helped me to understand Him as a Man, and strengthened my relationship with Him more than anything else I've ever read in my life.
But more than this, it's hands down the absolute best leadership and business book I've ever read in my life.
Jefferson has a gift for bringing the Man to life in such a way that you yearn to incorporate his qualities and characteristics into your own life.
As Jefferson writes,
"Jesus is a name, but as a person he is shadowy and unreal. His face has become obscure. Our heart does not feel his power. We are not indifferent to him, but we have no keen sense of loyalty to him, no purifying consciousness of adoration. We need to study him afresh. It may be that as we study him he will step out of the picture and take his place by his side.
"Not until we know him as a comrade do we get from him what he has to give. Because his face is dim we are often depressed and defeated. We are always faint in life's hard places unless we are close enough to catch the light of his eye and feel the strong beating of his unconquerable heart."
After reading this book, I've never been more motivated by be like Christ in every aspect of my life.
And I can't think of a better book to help people improve as leaders and make better business decisions.(less)
I love George Washington, always have, but this author's blatant sexism and racism are staggering and cast a dark shadow on the entire book.
For exampl...moreI love George Washington, always have, but this author's blatant sexism and racism are staggering and cast a dark shadow on the entire book.
"Perhaps the most important factor of this fine home was Mary's (George's mother) cheerful acceptance of her husband's leadership."
"The conjunction of August's calm deliberate strength and Mary's cheerful acceptance of his authority, provided a most propitious combination..."
I am slack-jawed and stunned to see 5-star reviews -- from women, no less.
And I haven't even gotten to the racism yet:
"The Negroes were happy; true they had to work considerably harder, but they appreciated the smooth, confident supervision, the stability that firm direction gave them."
Wow. I'm mean, just wow.
Let's forget the deeply offensive nature of this for a minute, and just analyze it from a strictly journalistic perspective.
How in the world could this author ever know anything about the emotions and disposition of Negro slaves in the 1730s? From what records is he drawing to conclude that enslaved human beings were "happy" and "appreciative" of their slave master?
Seriously? 5-star reviews?
"The Negroes were happy..."
Jeepers. William H. Wilbur deserves to be enslaved so he can experience -- for the sake of integrity in journalism -- just how happy and appreciative he'd be.
George Washington was a great man. William Wilbur is a sexist and a racist who has no business writing biographical books.
The truths in this book are absolutely fundamental to living a happy, fulfilling, successful life. This is essentially Frankl's Man's Search for Meani...moreThe truths in this book are absolutely fundamental to living a happy, fulfilling, successful life. This is essentially Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, but much more palatable to a general audience.
This is an empowering affirmation of one of the most important truths we can learn in life: We have the power to choose (second only to the truth that we are children of God with a divine heritage and divine potential).
Everyone who wants to live a life of meaning and greatness should read this book.(less)