Robert Fonseca's Reviews > The Last Voyage of Columbus: Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Discovery
The Last Voyage of Columbus: Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Discovery
by Martin Dugard
by Martin Dugard
Robert Fonseca's review
Jan 27, 11
“The only certainty about Columbus is that for better or worse, he chose to live a bold life rather than settle for mediocrity.” This is the last line of the epilogue of the book, but it reminded me of why I enjoy reading and studying history. Reading the great stories and adventures of history are enjoyable in itself, but I find it more worthwhile and edifying when something I read changes, enhances, or encourages me in my own life. Dugard’s account of Columbus’ last voyage did just that. The last sentence of the book sums up Columbus’ entire story. He could have stayed in Spain, retired, lived in relatively ease and enjoyed the fame of his previous achievements, but that would not have fulfilled him- it would have been mediocrity. How many times do we choose the relatively ease of our life, jobs, relationships, etc instead of choosing to live a life of boldness? Too often we choose the ease of our current state instead of taking a step of faith into the unknown, uncertain and uncharted areas of life. After reading this I have recommitted myself to live a bold life for Christ. This means doing what I have never done before and not letting my own insecurities and fears keep me at bay. I do not want to settle for a mediocre Christian existence. Instead, I will choose to make a bold difference for the kingdom of God!
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