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In her time, Hannah More was considered a premier British writer and moral leader. But thanks to some rather unfair poor press in the years after her death (most likely a knee-jerk reaction to the overly saintly biography one man wrote of her) and the change of literary styles, she fell into relative obscurity. Prior has done extensive research to search out who the real Hannah More was, the person somewhere between the faultless saint and the shrewish prude. The Hannah More Prior uncovers is a remarkable woman the globe really should remember. She was a woman able to mix with both the not good and the upper crust, atheists and bishops, young and old at a time when such was uncommon. After discovering a religion of the heart (what we'd call today a private relationship with Christ), she came to be part of the Clapham Sect with William Wilberforce and others, and was instrumental in helping abolish slavery, fighting for educational reform, combatting illiteracy by establishing schools for the poor, and encouraging higher morals in tactful and famous writings. In an age when women rarely had a voice, Hannah More stood out for being a woman a lot of held in high esteem for her mind, influence, accomplishments, and relationship with God.I remember encountering Hannah More briefly in reading Eric [email protected]#$%! biography of William Wilberforce, so when I saw this biography about her and that it was forwarded by Metaxas, I knew I had to obtain a copy. It is a fascinating book. It's an eye-opening look at the culture of Britain from the late 1700s to early 1800s, and because of More's special ability to go between classes, you obtain a picture of both London society and the poorer villages. The snippets of More's writing create me wish to go search more of her poetry to read. What's included in here as examples is quite good, and I found it shocking that she was the best-selling author of her time in both tracts and a novel but that she is has fallen into such obscurity now! What was most impressive was her work to bring literacy to the not good in England at that time, and how revolutionary and counter-cultural that was. I had no idea that Sunday Schools started out as actual schools for the not good that were free and met on Sunday (the only day they didn't work). The result these schools had on the villages More established near her home is nothing less than astounding. There were a lot of other such things that Hannah More was involved in I found enthralling. This book is written more topically than chronologically, so some happenings in More's life do obtain brought up in multiple locations and can sometimes feel a small repetitive, probably the book's greatest weakness. Don't go in expecting a story-type of biography. This reads a bit more scholarly than that, which is understandable since this is based on the author's dissertation. Thanks to that, though, it is obviously extensively researched. And you obtain a very fair picture of More, balancing both her faults and her shining accomplishments. If you wish an example of a woman influencing her globe for the glory of God with her talents and resources, Hannah More is an perfect study.
Why I read it: One of my goals this year to read more biographies. There are numerous reasons I search myself enjoying biographies. I have fun how I am challenged, encourage, inspired, by the lives of others. I am encouraged as I see the numerous ways in which God works through the lives of others. It also serves as a method to learn more about history. I am no history buff, and to be honest have never enjoyed most history books I have read, which I why I love biographies because they let me to learn a small more about the events, circumstances, and cultures of the individual whose biography I am reading. So why did I chose to read, "Fierce Convictions?" Quite simply, latest year it was recommend on a blog I follow and the kindle edition was only $2.99!The Content: The book follows the life of Hannah More (duh) who lived in the United Kingdom from 1745-1833. Prior to beginning this biography I had never heard of Hannah More and found myself grateful for the opportunity to learn about the life that she lived. As the subtitle of the book suggests Hannah More was a poet, play-writer, and novelist. It was her bonus and love of writing that she utilized as an abolitionist trying to bring down the slave trade in the United Kingdom- which happened shortly before her death. Hannah also used her writing to seek reform in the United Kingdom in locations such as the church, women's education, morality, and education of the poor. Hannah was born into a middle class family but through her witty and winsome personality, alongside her gifted writing ability, regularly found herself mingling with and speaking to the upper classes of society when we should visit London. A few names of people that Hannah spent quite a bit of time with that are well known would contain William Wilberforce and John Newton. Here are a couple quotes from the book that capture just a small bit of who Hannah More was, "More was a woman of powerful convictions, but she kept a plentiful table. She mixed comfortably and enthusiastically with rich and poor, churched and unchurched, and all in between. It was her habit to eat meals with the not good villagers during the years of the Sunday schools. At the same time, she maintained close friendships with bishops and lords." Another quote tells us of More's extensive use of her writing schools to impact people at all levels of society, "She had written plays produced by England's premier scene manager. She had written verses extolled by the country's most revered literary critic. She had turned from that globe to the church and written serious treatises that had been praised by royalty and bishops. Yet few of such accomplishments would do what Hannah More did next: she gathered together all the talent and experiences she had gained thus far in life- her literary skills, her experience in the Sunday schools, her political savvy, and her social finesse- and poured them into a pamphlet for the poor. She never could have dreamed that stopping so low would eventually lead to her most influential and most highly praised work. She now piled her pen to advance reform about the common readers with not a book, but a pamphlet." The author of this book does a unbelievable job of detailing in a riveting and well written biography on the life of Hannah More.What I liked: In addition to this being a well written biography here are three things from the life of Hannah More that I appreciated. First, it was clear to all that Hannah More was a very gifted writer and that she had a winsome personality. That in and of itself is not something that is that uncommon. What was uncommon is the method in which Hannah sought to use what God had given her to support bring change to the locations in the globe around her that required to be changed. May we also seek ways to do that in our time and world. Second, Hannah held powerful convictions but didn't keep those powerful convictions in a method that was off putting, or unnecessarily offensive. In fact, Hannah was able to keep strongly to her convictions while simultaneously having amazing relationships with people who had beliefs and lifestyles vastly various than hers. I was longing for this to be more the case today than it seems to be at the show time. Third, I appreciated how Hannah More at times sought to search the middle ground in bringing about reform. While this rightly was not a part of her work as an abolitionist, in other locations she sought to search the middle ground between those who were strongly versus any change and those who were seeking such drastic change that the likelihood of their success was minimal. Hannah decided that some reform was better than no reform and was willing to work in that middle ground in several instances. There is much more that I could write about as far as what I liked.What I didn't like: The author does a amazing job of drawing out the realities that Hannah More was, like we all are, a product of her culture and this at times will come across in the life of Hannah More. Some might struggle with her views of women and education (which at the time was somewhat progressive) as well as her views on the limitations and the minimal education that would be offered to the lower class.Who Should Read this Book: If you like biographies, and maybe even if you don't, you should read this one! You will be challenged, encouraged, and grateful to God for the ways in which He used the life of Hannah More to accomplish His purposes.
Fierce Convictions is a very entertaining, and fascinating portrait of an extraordinary woman. Even more, it is a fascinating glimpse into a very interesting, and necessary time in western civilization, as well as some of the amazing social and intellectual movements of the time. This was a remarkable time in which poets and writers were driving the public’s moral conscience.Hannah More was one of these writers. She was also a leading a socialite, and amazingly seemed to be involved in the ‘inner circles’ of not only the English literary world, but also the church, theater, and most particularly, a number of social movements: the abolitionist, public literacy, women’s educational, and Christian moral-development movements (that’s a mouthful!) . All sorts of Necessary intellectual and literary figures with familiar names, float through Ms. More’s life and Fierce Convictions, like William Wilberforce, Horace Walpole, William Cowper and Samuel Johnson. I got a fresh appreciation and respect for the patience and determination for social reformers of the e author looks at necessary social movements (abolition, literacy, the first-stages of the women’s rights movement, even humane treatment of animals), and how they were part of larger philosophical trends such as rationalism, and romanticism, ‘establishment church’ conflicts with the emerging evangelical ‘low-church’, as well as groups such as the ‘Clapham Sect’ and the ‘Blue Stockings’. Its fascinating for someone who has heard some of these things, but didn’t know who or what they were.Dr. Prior makes this all very accessible, and the book is for general-readers, no little trick given how thoroughly the book is researched, documented, and footnoted. Hannah More was very much what would today be called an Evangelical Christian, and the Christian faith is a prominently covered in Fierce Convictions. The author’s respect and admiration of Hannah More is obvious, but she does mention Ms. More’s faults, (such as being a small smarmy, being prudish by even by 18th century standards, and her falling into the anti-Catholic bigotry of the time). I did search it a small hard to relate to Ms. More on the private level, as she was seemingly super-human, with the religious faith and morals of a virgin-Saint, and social skills, intellectual, and literary skills far beyond most mortals. I appreciated the book’s organization: more thematic than summary, Karen Swallow Prior’s Fierce Convictions is a fascinating look at a heroic reformer, some momentous times, and a lot of intellectual and social movements, and well worth the read.
“What Wilberforce was among men, Hannah More was among women.”I am very excited to share a amazing read with you-Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More-Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow e Poet: Hannah wrote in a time that women writers were snubbed and looked at disdainfully. She overcome this as her writings were esteemed by a lot of well-known male peers. In addition to poetry she authored plays, pamphlets and published the first “Cheap Repository Tracts” with the financial backing of William Wilberforce. These tracts were an alternative for the newly literate poor, that Hannah would also have a hand in establishing, they offered “religion, thrift and morality” instead of the folk tales and superstition that filled a lot of of the cheap road literature. In her latest years she would write devotional material. “Practical Piety” being the most well-known. Her writings challenged the status quo thinking that accepted slavery and the misuse of the poor. John Newton wrote in a letter to her:“You could easily write what would procure you more general applause; but it is a singular privilege to have a consecrated pen, and to be able and willing to devote our talents to the cause of God and religion.”The Reformer-In an era where formal education for women was still be questioned as to whether it was required or not, Hannah and her sisters opened a School for Young Ladies that would teach “French, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Needlework.” In the 1780s Hannah would be exposed to the writings of John Newton. Upon meeting him, he challenged her “to devote her life to promoting spiritual education and reformation across British society.” This she would do through establishing what was called Sunday Schools for the not good kids in villages that had no access to education because of the labor forced upon them. Again this would be with the backing of her close mate William Wilberforce. Kids learned scripture among other primary rote skills. She also began women’s societies for the impoverished women in the e Abolitionist-In the late 1780s Hannah’s passion was stirred for the war versus slavery. She would carry pamphlets around that told the horrors of slavery and share them with everyone she could. She wrote the poem “Slavery” in 1788. Prior writes:The war versus slavery was, in a lot of ways, led by the poets-and other writers and artists-who expanded their country’s moral imagination so it might as latest see horrors too grave for the rational mind to grasp.”Hannah’s poem continued to influence even into the next century being credited to inspiring missionaries like David e had a forty-seven year friendship with Wilberforce. They died within weeks of each other. He before seeing his dream of the slaves being set free and hers just weeks after seeing the his dream become ere is much more material in this very in-depth biography that I highly recommend. Reading about Hannah’s life kindled my desire to write about what matters-Christ-and helped me realize there is power in a consecrated pen.
I read this book because it filled in a lot of blanks for me in regard to a number of my passions and interests: history, religious history, and the long struggle in England to abolish slavery and the slave trade. However I can't call it well written; choice of words is often a bit odd, there's a amazing deal of repetition, with the story told first in a linear fashion and then by topics. I sympathize with the author's desire to rescue an intere
"...why this Poet of ours is taken care of and may sit down on her huge behind and read, no, devour, as a lot of books as she pleases without molestation." Patty More's cheeky remark about her sister Hannah was one of my favorite things in this book. I always like reading about people who attend to the development of their mind. There is no doubt that had Ms. More not taken the time to "sit down on her huge behind and read" her abilities would have remained dormant and the sufferings of a lot of would have been prolonged. I think there is a notice in her life for our day. She was prepared; her preparation enabled her to give voice to her convictions in a method that changed the course of nations. I hope you will pardon the cliche but her life was indeed a veritable example of "The pen is mightier than the sword." I hope you will take the time to read this biography and become acquainted with Hannah More.
Fierce Convictions is an well researched book that introduces us to Hannah More, an awesome woman who influenced literature, education, the abolition movement, and the church in an era that did not easily recognize powerful single women. Dr. Prior does an perfect job of bringing the reader into the culture of the late 18th century to shed light on challenges and opportunities Ms. More faced. Like William Wilberforce, a lot of of her male contemporaries are well known to history. This book brings us into their thoughts and conversations and establishes Hannah More's put as the heart and soul of several movements that transformed western society as well as the church.
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Robert Dugoni is known for writing thrillers. I didn't expect he would ever publish a book like this, but I'm so glad he m Hell is an inspiring tale about a boy born with ocular albinism, which makes his eyes appear red. His mother enrolls him in a Catholic school, where he quickly earns the nickname "Devil Boy." Sam faces bullies of all sizes and ages, and stands up to them with remarkable strength throughout his adult life. His enduring strength of hero tutorials him through a lot of tough life happenings near the end of the novel. This story created my own eyes cloud up at times. Sam Hell most definitely lives an extraordinary life.When I encounter the word "literary" I tend to shy away. But knowing Dugoni as a thriller writer created me curious enough to pry into this one. Dugoni uses techniques usually reserved for thrillers to propel this story forward. The short chapters are his largest improvements to the literary genre. He doesn't hold us in one stage long enough to obtain bored. Each stage shows a clear purpose and a true obstacle. I found myself saying "just one more," several times during each reading session. Readers know those are the type of books we love to discover.I didn't search this to be an overtly religious book at all. Dugoni doesn't write preachy prose. The Catholic elements in the story appear more like part of Sam's life experience than as any type of religious message.Of all the memorable lines I encountered in this book, the most strong quote comes from Sam's father, just after Sam makes a particularly dumb decision:"Don't ever think of yourself as being something less than the person you are because of your eyes, Sam. If you do, people will take advantage of it, and you'll search yourself doing things you don't wish to do."This is a story about self acceptance, redemption, the honor of family, and dignity in death. Dugoni explores all these themes using deceptively easy language and layered scenes. I've seen this book compared to the works of John Irving. That's high praise, but in this case it is well-deserved. I'm thrilled to have found an early copy of this book. Everyone needs to read Sam Hell.
I'm 83 and because not good eyesight I listen to books. I have 2 kindles always loaded. I have read all of Mr. Dugoni',s books. This was the most charming and best of them all. Please don't stop writing. You have a amazing imagination. Joyce Enderle
Dugoni has written a coming of age story with some of the best hero development I have ever m Hill started life various than everyone else. He was born with red pupils and ended up with the nicknames, “Devil boy” or “Sam Hell”. His mother didn’t wish him to believe the derogatory things said about him. She told him that God had a plan for his life and to have faith in God’s will. Nothing she said did any amazing to comfort Sam, but he kept his head high with the support of his mother’s faith, father’s guidance, and his two best friends. Growing up in the time he did, it was hard to have red eyes, but it was even harder to have dark skin, which is what created Sam gravitate towards the fresh child in school, Ernie Cantwell. Ernie was the only African American child in Sam’s class and required a mate as poor as Sam did. Mickie Kennedy rounded out their group and she was a force to be reckoned with. As Sam grows into adulthood, he questions if everything is by a plan or not. Sam looks back on the life he has lived and takes a journey through the past and around the globe to figure his globe out for himself. By the time he finishes his journey, his eyes are truly begin to what matters bert Dugoni is by far one of the best authors I know. His writing is one that will transport you into the story and have you walking hand in hand with the characters. His Tracy Crosswhite series is one of my favorite series to date and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is going to be right up there with some of my all time favorites, but for very various reasons. Usually my favorite reads are the suspense thrillers, page-turners that hold you guessing about what is going to happen until the very end. With this book, it was more of an immersion into the characters unlike any other I have ever read. The hero development throughout this story is better than any I have ever read. Each hero brings the story to life in their own unique way. Sam has so a lot of challenges but it is nothing he can’t handle. And having to face those challenges helps mold him into the kind of man he needs to be to support others, a lesson we can all learn from. Dugoni is well known for his suspense thrillers and legal thrillers so I wasn’t sure how this fresh venture would turn out for him but am happy to say this will easily create my list of best of the year reads. I recommend this book to all readers, especially those looking for a story with heart and a lesson for all to learn.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
I have read a lot of books in the Tracy Crosswhite series and loved them all. Naturally, when I saw Robert Dugoni's name on this book, I didn't even read the description, I just pressed request. Hello, it's Robert Dugoni, has he ever written a poor one? (Not that I know of or have read.)I remember sitting down to read this book, knowing it would be an perfect mystery, suspense. Boy, was I wrong. As I started reading it, however, I was emphatically absorbed in this life of Sam Hill, the boy with red eyes who everyone called "Devil Boy". I was about 77% through (Chapter 27) when I looked up and thought to myself "Robert Dugoni wrote this?". Amazing!! I did not even miss the mystery or suspense I was expecting. I was too busy shedding satisfied and sad tears and loving reading about Sam Hill's journey. And what a journey it was!Because I always like to know myself, I will say that there were some religious connotations which can sometimes bother me if it's on and on. However, in this instance, I didn't have a issue with any of them. Sam Hill went to a Catholic school and his mother was a very devout Catholic. Of course, there are going to be some religious parts in the story. However, it wasn't hellfire and brimstone with lots of pages of the gospel. Their religion did play a huge part in the story, the mother was always reaching for her rosary, it was just a part of her like anything else, like a tic, a ere were also a few sex scenes that were said and done. There was nothing lasting for pages and pages at a time. The scenes were written to support the reader understand just how awkward and behind this very intelligent boy and then man, was with all this "love stuff". So, nothing fifty shades of anything going on.An perfect read that I tore through and absolutely e author did a tremendous job with the characters and the portrayal of this boy with the red eyes who was born with an unfortunate, predestined future of ridicule and scorn. One which also included changing his name from Sam Hill to Sam Hell in order to mock him. A boy who grew up to be better than everyone else in the book. A true, honest human with lots of empathy and ant kudos to the author and thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
‘There are moments, I believe, when we are capable of communicating with someone we love without using our voices, moments when we think of someone and the phone rings, or we speak the person’s name and suddenly they are standing beside When I first received this book, I knew I was going to like it based on how intrigued I was by the synopsis. I didn’t expect that it would take me through all various kinds of emotional journeys— in the best method possible..I have to begin by saying I love that this book is told from young Sam and adult Sam. The change up from those two experiences have me enough of a break, emotionally, to switch gears and remember that obviously this heartbreaking childhood experience ends at some point of adult Sam is here to tell the tale. This book is filled with true heart, courage, bravery, sadness, bullying, isolation, and family. Really unconditional, caring, and hopeful family. I have to admit, I’m not really one for religion, but the method it is broken down and discussed in this book kept me so intrigued and engaged, and really painted a solid picture of Sam and his family..This book is for those begin to hearing about difficult experiences, and overcoming those experiences. It’s for those who can empathize with feelings of isolation and feeling different. For those who are willing to take a stand with someone that others wouldn’t or don’t. It’s a book of heart, and self growth and discovery. It’s a gem, and it’s worth it..5|5 ⭐️
I know Robert Dugoni is known for his thrillers even though I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of them. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell being the first book I’m reading by this author created me appreciate this book even more. This book is about Sam Hill, a boy born with red eyes and the obstacles it causes while he is growing up in a Catholic m didn’t have an ideal childhood. He was bullied, called names and even his principal was horrible to him. His mother tried her best to hold him safe and to stand up for him but it didn’t always work. Sam was blessed with two friends, Mickie and Ernie, both helping him through the school ter college, Sam becomes an eye doctor and Mickie is his partner. Sam’s relationship with both mates was various but his dynamic with Mickie was fun to read. I believed as an adult the bullying would go away but it was still throughout the story. I was mad at Sam for not standing up for himself, but once I finished the book I realize, he didn’t have a mean bone in his body. Sam was a lovable hero with a amazing heart, who doesn’t create hard decisions, which bothered e Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is a coming of age story that is well-written with characters pulling at your heart strings. It covers subjects of family, bullying, relationships, and being comfortable with your identity. I enjoyed the storyline, characters, structure of the book, which goes back and forth from childhood to adulthood and the notice it shares. I recommend this book to others.*This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner
Robert Dugoni’s recent novel is best described in one word “extraordinary”. “The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell,” is a real work of art. This is a story of a boy with the faith and strength of his mother became an awesome man. Sam is born with a rare condition and no matter how a lot of obstacles that were place in his path he persevered and kept a level of compassion that is a rare commodity. Mr. Dugoni is a master with words and he somehow puts them together to make a story that the reader soon finds themselves deeply entrenched. I bow to his greatness. I was given an advanced copy of this book, and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
5 most touching extraordinary stars!At times you walk away from a book with feelings and emotions and then an hour, a day, a week later, you have forgotten all that you have read. However, there are some books that when you finish them, you know in your heart that they will never leave you. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell was just so a book.We meet a unbelievable cast of characters, characters we would like to know, characters we would love to have as parents, friends, and neighbors, characters that we could love. From Sam, the boy born with red eyes suffering from a rare disease, ocular albinism, nicknamed the devil boy, to his awesome and loving parents we learn as Sam grows the emotional love and concern they share for each other. Sam's mates Ernie and Miki, themselves outcasts, join forces to provide Sam with help and love that he is desperately seeking. Sam is shunned in his Catholic school environment but it is through his mother's powerful faith in both Sam and her Catholic faith coupled with his father's unbelievable wisdom that Sam grows into adulthood. His street is never simple as he comes versus prejudice and hate. He is tormented by his nonacceptance into a globe where he is taught that things are God's will. He is belittled, held back, and faced with obstacles that test to conquer the spirit that his parents test so hard to engender in him for they believe that their son is extraordinary and he deserves his extraordinary life. His two lifelong mates bring to Sam love, compassion, and a powerful bond that provides him a put to go when his life becomes is book transported this reader into a globe where one can search that which seems to be escaping from our globe today, that of human kindness, forgiveness, and love. I can not recommend this book more highly as it brings one a globe of peacefulness, tears, love, and the telling of a story that moves one's heart and soul.
And an extraordinary life it is. I loved this coming-of-age story of a boy named @#$%!&rn with red pupils. A easy and creative concept that generated a GREAT story. His hero is well-developed and I so enjoyed watching him grow, along with admiring his fierce dedication to his parents and best friends. I loved Sam’s mother, a force to be reckoned with and someone to aspire to. Sam’s strict Catholic upbringing brought me back to my 60’s childhood. I chuckled with references of “God’s will” to explain away what life throws your way. The chapters alternate between Sam is a youth and as a grown man. One of my favorites of the year and I look forward to reading extra Robert Dugoni books.
I received a free advance e-copy of this book and have chosen to write an honest and unbiased review. I have no private affiliation with the author. Wow! A attractive and touching novel by one of my all time favorite authors, Robert Dugoni, a real storyteller. Extremely well-written with an awesome plot and perfect hero development. Sam Hill is born with a strike versus him right from the beginning. He has red pupils, ocular albinism. No one except his very kind and wonderfully supportive family seemed to wish anything to do with him. At school he was called ‘Devil Boy’ and Sam Hell and was bullied terribly. He is a loner until Ernie and Mickie, also misfits, become his best mates at school and they continue their friendship for life. Sam grows into a very giving, kind and gentle man facing all his life challenges head on and goes on to support others. The school bully comes back to haunt him as an adult which leads to a not good tragedy that he will never forget. He is a unbelievable son and continues to look out for his father and mother until their death. This is a story with heart and one of the best books that I have ever read, a book everyone should read. I look forward to reading more from Robert Dugoni in the future.
I love Shauna Niequist. I really do. But this isn't my favorite thing of hers. She has really come into her own over the past few years, ado this book from 10 years ago feels a bit underdeveloped and more like a collection of blog posts. I still love her, but wild recommend choosing something else to read by her if you're just getting on the Niequist train.
After reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist I knew I required to obtain a copy of this book too, and it has not disappointed. Shauna tells stories in ways that captivate the reader, and this book is especially lovely in how she truly does search those attractive moments in every day life. While reading this book I've noticed more of the moments in my own life, too. If you aren't familiar with her writing, it might be nice to know that she writes little chapters so even if you only have five mins before bed you can read a chapter and set it down until the next night (if you can set it down!) without feeling like you lost what was event in the book.
This is good, but obviously Shauna's first book. It's a bit scattered, but still so amazing for the soul. I like "Bittersweet" better as she grew into her writing style, but I don't like the newer stuff. I'm not into cooking and Show Over Excellent is a bit redundant. But "Bittersweet" is her best book by far!!!! It is so so good.
This is one of the most attractive and uplifting books I've read. Shauna writes stories from her own life, filling them with attractive detail and unbelievable insight. I found myself laughing with her and crying with her. She presents truths about God while allowing us to feel comfortable.
I didn 't know what expect when I chose this book, but what I got was a unbelievable surprise full of private truths that I felt priveledged to be privy to; prose so easy yet so poetic; metaphors that effortlesy took me right to where Shauna Niequist wanted me - in her soul and her senses that were somehow intertwined with my own. It gave me glimpses into my own heart and relationship with God and prayer, and comfort in what I saw. And it reminded me that the choices I created along my path to focus on the joy in the daily pleasures God provides and to be able to support others do the same were exactly the ones I was meant to ing this felt like sharing a cup of coffee with a amazing friend, each of us curled up on opposite ends of the sofa, our feet covered by the same blanket, sharing our life stories and thanking God for them. Thank you Shauna for sharing your life stories and a cup of coffee with me.
I normally don't re-read books. But I just re-read this book after reading it years ago in a mom's group. I really liked it then but I loved it now. Shauna Niequist is a truly talented author. Her writing is poetic and photos vibrant. She feels like a amazing mate cheering for you to live your best life. Her honesty and encouragement are refreshing and required in a culture that sometimes feels very harsh and critical. I highly recommend this book. Five stars for sure!
Fabulous! I love Shauna's writing. It is so interesting to walk with her through pain, triumph, heartbreak, and happiness. She writes beautifully and is such an awesome storyteller. I have read all of her books and this is one of my favorites!
This book is a must read for all women. My husband jokes that we should just buy this book in bulk because I have bought 20 copies (no lie! I went through all my past Amazon orders and counted!) over the latest 3 years - every time I order a fresh copy for myself I end up giving it away to a friend! Shauna's truthful and encouraging words were life giving to me 5 years ago when I read this book and still encourage me today. She has a new perspective on life that calls all women to rejoice in the scene of life they are in right now, instead of longing for the next. This book met me where I was when I was just out of college and wanting a better job than my minimum wage gig, when I had just gotten married and felt all alone in a fresh town and now in my fresh life scene of having a newborn. Her premise is that life is event now and you can either choose to cherish and recognize each God given moment or anxiously long for the next and never be satisfied. Her words are insightful, inspiring and thoughtful. You won't regret reading this book!
This book was so refreshing. I Love her honesty. A attractive reminder to seek the goodness in even "the plain old today." Live each day like we are celebrating. Celebrate today! And, cook something and fill your table with friends. Let's eat cold tangerines!
Pigs are marvelous creatures; smart, loyal, mischievous and charming and I've loved pigs from my youth. Growing up on farms and ranches, pigs were almost family members - especially the Yorkshire we called "Arnold". He was as much a part of our huge family as was our Border Collie Nomad. In my 40's, I even owned a miniature Pot-Bellied pig for a short time - until my spouse objected to it sleeping at the foot of our waterbed. My affection for swine prompted me to buy and read this book and I was not disappointed. Mrs. Montgomery has written a book every bit as charming as Christopher himself and did so without anthropomorphizing him - something I would never be able to avoid had I written the book. Of course, having had pigs and knowing what delightful critters they can be only created me appreciate Mrs. Montgomery's narrative all the more. It really is, without being mawkish, a brilliant work with all the cheesey accolades - heartwarming, endearing, delightful - to describe it. It was, in short, a fun and...well, 'heartwarming' biography of a remarkable porcine pal. If you love animals I definitely recommend this book to you. You won't be disappointed.
The Amazing Amazing Pig is everything you wish in a book - an interesting, well-told (true) story with heartfelt dialog and laugh-out-loud humor. Especially laugh-out-loud humor. It is rare for me to search a book I have fun enough to give as a gift, but this is one of them. Sy Montgomery I'm thrilled you wrote this book. You should be very proud of your accomplishment.
This was a bonus to a young man who loves farm animals. I own and have read it several times and I have bought as a bonus at least three times. When I finished this book, I stopped eating pork or pork products. Every time I looked at a pork chop, all I could think of was eating "Christopher Hogworth." Sy Montgomery is a naturalist who travels all over the globe and writes books about wild animals geared to adults and to children. She is a brilliant writer and scientist. All of her books are outstanding. I believe this is the only book she's written about a domestic animal and it is a joy to read. Christopher was a dearly loved, sweet pig. He had a lot of unbelievable years with Ms. Montgomery, her family and friends. You can't go wrong with any of her books and I think this is the best one.
In reading this book, I fell in love with Christopher Hogwood and pigs in general. The author is able to paint a brilliant picture using words leaving me thoroughly entertained. I gleaned info about pigs that I would never have imagined! Pigs are beautiful, intelligent, complex and loving creatures, who knew? I'm a school teacher with a goal to teach my students to love our planet and its creatures. Books, such as this one, helps achieve that goal. I loved this book and look forward to reading other titles by this author.
I enjoyed reading this book so much. Very sweet and a amazing teaching tool for all of us humans. If you are an animal lover (as I am) I think you would really like it. Christopher was an legitimate ambassador, that's for sure. It was kind of funny, the pig ate a lot of junk food. Perhaps he might have lived longer had he not. But what a method to go! LOL Be prepared for puns!!!
The joy of reading an authors experiences that bond her to non humans makes me know I'm not crazy. Although my heart was thrown into the usual abyss of sadness when CH passed, the sweetness that he was like ved so genuinely, and was in his safe loving home, makes me happy. I feel non human love, not so much the human kind. Or maybe it's just deeper. Thank you SM, YOU VALIDATE EVERYTHING ABOUT MY LIFE.
The Amazing Amazing Pig was an enlightening read, bring more than a few "ah ha" moments that will create you smile as you acknowledge them. The book engages the heart and reminds us all once again that there are moments we can learn about life when we least expect it. The lessons, in this case, come from a most portly porcine pet named Christopher Hogwood. The author states outright she is more in tune with animals than humans, and there is evidence of this throughout her descriptions which relate to animals. This book speaks to our lives and the empty locations we have yet may not know they exist - and the remedy is this story. Have fun a amazing read, enjoyable, funny at times - all the while revealing truths of this life.
This book will warm your heart and create you laugh out loud. You'll again feel the pull you felt as a kid to just enjoy....the warm days, food, company and life in general, just like this unbelievable pig did. He brings you back to simpler days of pure joy. Delightful book for anyone who cares anything about animals.
What an extraordinary story! I love Sy Montgomery's writing, and will buy everything she publishes.Her previous work I read - The Soul of an Octopus - was also extraordinary! I first read her work when someone on a plane turned to me and said, "You should read this book!" So I did.
A unbelievable book for all ages that explores what animals teach us by presenting the life of one much-loved pig. I highly recommend it for reading aloud, whether you are alone or in a family. It's beautifully written, and full of humor and compassion.
Steib’s take on building your career path is concise, refreshing, eye opening, and most importantly, executable. He lays the foundation for finding, not what gets you the most money, but what gets you the most fulfillment.Rather than focus on the time honored workplace rewards of promotion and raises, the Career Manifesto shows you how to figure out your real calling. It’s less a tutorial to a better job and more a map towards a better e latest “Manifesto” I read was the Unabomber’s, so I was leary about what I might search inside this author’s mind. I gave it a shot after I saw him giving some amazing interview tip on the Today Show. I Googled this guy and found parts of his Manifesto online. I started thinking about what was necessary in my life and, I did some self reflecting on my career. I carved out a decent career for myself, but I was exactly fulfilled. I had a conversation with my wife and we agreed to live our fullest life, we wanted to be back closer to family and I wanted to live a life more in service to our underserved youth in cities. I followed my own Happiness Matrix (One of the key points in this book) started networking the right method (another essential takeaway from this book) and I had a job interview about a month later and place his hints to use. Lo and behold, I now have fresh job 800 miles closer to home and wake up energized and ready to create a difference in the lives of those who can use a small help.Even if you feel like you are in a amazing spot in your career, there are some amazing things you can take away from the Career Manifesto that will obtain you to a better put in life. Well done, Mike.
Loved it! Mike is an outstanding leader and a unbelievable career coach. In his fresh book, The Career Manifesto, Mike does a amazing job of making sense of a somewhat nebulous and amorphous subject by using clear, simple to understand frameworks. Loved the lessons and the stories, loved the down-to-earth style and loved the clear, actionable advice. Amazing job, Mike!
I've been the lucky beneficiary of Mike's sage tip for four decades. Through every scene and every decision, Mike has proven himself uniquely capable of exposing the core issue and identifying practical, actionable solutions that, time and again, steered me back on the right path.Mike's 'Manifesto' is as much a book about how to be a amazing human as it is about how to be a amazing business leader -- though it is that, too. He is uncannily smart, driven, and successful -- a living, breathing, company-running, family-raising, non-profit-chairing, book-writing testament that his tip works.Full disclosure: I am Mike's brother, but I've also worked with him twice in my career. And through all [email protected]#$%-kickings in and outside the office, I still think this highly of him. Read the 'Manifesto' and you will, too -- but more importantly, you'll search yourself thinking afresh about your life and your career, and approaching all your issues with a powerful, fresh toolset.
I loved The Career Manifesto. Steib takes we readers on a path towards finding one's purpose and then is relentlessly practical (and beautiful funny) about taking the reader towards that destination. The steps it proposed are true and achievable and Steib's voice is one of the encouraging and helpful coach. A amazing book for anyone looking for a career change or just a reminder of why they've done what they have.
Without question, the best career book I have ever read bar none. The rest will test but this one produces life changing results that I have never seen in my 27 year career. Mike Steib is a visionary; he understands what it takes to be maximize your potential and delivers the notice simply so that taking action is easy. His tone is true and human; in a globe where we have so few leaders to look up to and respect, Mike stands out as one of the best there is. Buy this book for yourself. Buy this book for family and friends. It is by far the best bonus you can give yourself and others if real career success is what you seek.
There should be a 6th star added to rate this book. I have had the benefit of Mike's leadership when I worked with him at Google. I'm thrilled to see the lessons and principles that Mike has refined over the years place into an accessible and enjoyable read. This book is a must for anyone seeking structure to their career thinking and practical ways to improve both their work and private lives.
A fascinating look at how to maximize your private and work potential. The manifesto takes a hard look at how its ok to create tradeoffs without sacrificing ambition, and gets to the root of what will create you the best at what you love. A amazing read, and stands out from a lot of of the career tip books I have read in the past. Definite recommend buying this book, and have fun it!
The excellent book to begin 2018 with! Berman and Bernard share thoughtful and useful methods for bettering our interactions with with everyone, and expound on the value of treating people well, something that has become a bit of a lost art in latest years. Their tip is illustrated with funny and intimate stories from their time behind the scenes at the White House, which entertains and amuses even as it teaches valuable lessons. A book I will reference a lot of times in the future, and already look forward to reading again!
This book is a small hard to review because I have mixed opinions. I found the discussion of how much our thinking is influenced by cultural and societal rules to be very helpful, as was the discussion of the importance of balance in life. On the other hand, the constant name dropping got old, as did the repeated plugs for Mr. Lakhiani's company. The a lot of description of his business success and his excellent wife and excellent life and how you can emulate him also started to sound like an old Kathie Lee Christmas unique (for those old enough to remember her), although in his defense he was suggesting approaches that other people can follow. A lot of of the main themes of the book- meditation, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, love, looking inward, being resistant to the turmoil of life- are not original and seem to come right out of ancient Buddhist, Stoic, or Epicurian overall I think people's opinion of this book will vary a lot and will depend on how useful they search the valuable parts, how familiar they already are with Buddhism and Stoicism, and how much they wish to learn about Mr. Lakhiani's life and company.
I was fooled by all the 5 star reviews and chose this book, thinking it was really something interesting and various that would inspire me. While the book does have some amazing content, I did not search it to be original at all, and did search it to be annoyingly fluffed up with hype and repetition. The first three chapters are almost 100% "how this book is structured and wow is this book amazing" kind of fluff, which you should simply skip. The rest of the book still includes an annoying amount of self-praising hype, repetitive stories about Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, etc, which I did not search inspiring or interesting at all, and an overall emphasis on entrepreneurial "how to succeed in business without really trying" ideas. In some parts of the book, the level of repetition is almost insulting. There's a part where he says, almost verbatim about 5 times, that you have to become satisfied before you can really achieve your goals. You can't just sweat and stress your method to success. I felt increasingly frustrated by all this repetition until I just gave up and decided I was not going to continue with the book.
I guess that if you've never read anything on the Law of Attraction, goal setting, mindfulness or business success, this book may be of some benefit to you. The author is occasionally witty but for a person who has a half-million subscribers, this book is remarkably dull and lacking new insights. It was also a bit annoying to hold reading (six times?) about the invitation-only retreat he attended on Branson's personal island as if he needs to convince us (and maybe himself) that others regard him as credible. As an alternative, I suggest Elisha Goldstein's "Uncovering Happiness." Lastly, I want that some of these Internet millionaires would just be honest and emphatically state that unexplainable luck also had a amazing part to do with their success instead of crafting elaborate cause and result narratives in retrospect which supposedly explain how they did it. (On this, read Taleb's "Black Swan.") Yes, there are principles to be followed, mindsets to be embraced and disciplines that will push you in the right direction, but sometimes you also just obtain lucky (regardless of your ability to "bend reality"). That doesn't mean that the typical reader will ever be able to replicate it in their lives.
Nothing fresh in this recent addition to the "self-help" and "leadership" genre of books. Amazing marketing and a nicely done clean cover caught my attention as one that is an avid reader - particularly of books focused on self-development. However, this one left me disappointed even after two reads. I also take problem with several of the strategies, but for the sake of brevity will focus on the "brules" and "blissipline" concepts. The author encourages readers to question rules; which on the surface is good, but the presumption being created is that all of the readers operate from the same level of morality and wisdom, which would give them the amazing judgment to pick and choose what works (at least for them). Simply, some societal conventions and mores serve a valid, meaningful and timeless purpose. Living within the "law" to create it easy is often the best path to freedom and not everyone has the ability or maturity to alter and redefine what is best for themselves or how they may interface with society on the whole. The concept of "blissipline" is another one that I have difficulty with as reality dictates that sometimes, despite the best efforts and intentions, life is just plain sour. There is struggle as a fundamental basis of life and usually, this results in goodness. Pursuing happiness and "learning" to search the (greater) amazing in everything, despite its value assignment as positive, negative or neutral is not only the tag of a mature human being, but is both necessary to the health of the individual and society as a whole. The notion of living one's "bliss" as a method of life can easily slip into the realm of the self-centered and insular. Where real "happiness" is enduring despite outcomes, "bliss" tends to be temporary (i.e., tied to a specific experience like the birth of a healthy kid or getting a fresh job) and is not practical to attain, allow alone maintain for most people once the luster rubs away. Nothing exciting - just a mix of fresh age humanist philosophies aimed at "millenials" and eastern traditions. The endless name dropping through the book is also tiresome and diminishes the authors credibility.
I read this book online and loved it so much bought the hardbound ver and am reading it slowly again. Also sharing with my loved ones. So a lot of valuable lessons and ideas to incorporate into my everyday living.
I thought this book was great. I loved every word of it. The only thing that bothered me was Mr Richards's lack of insight into how his drug a use impacted those around him especially, Mick Jagger. I can't imagine what it was like for Jagger to watch his mate turn into a junkie. Typical of an addict who gets better, Mr Richards expected those around jhim to fall in line when he finally decided to quit. "Here iI am, I'm better and I expect to be treated with respect!" I love Keith, but he needs to have empathy for his old friend. I don't doubt thati Mick is a handful, but he was probably s scared s***less that Keith was going to die.I have always loved the Rolling Stones and I could not place this book down. As for Keith, a small understanding those who place up with his antics would not go astray.
Biographies/Autobiographies are one of my favorites to read. I LOVED this book! It was so well written that it took me by surprise. Now don't obtain me wrong, I always knew Keef was an wonderful talent. This book, however, took me on an amazingly candid journey with a deeply smart human being. It was a fun read...full of tales of wild partying all over the world, writing songs, and also about mates and family. It's simple for us regular folks to forget that popular people are HUMAN! This book just touched me in that method and I could almost hear him narrating along. Melody has always been necessary to me and I've even seen the Rolling Stones when they toured in '94. Reading the book has me listening to more Stones songs than ever before. I'm satisfied that I finally had the time to indulge and read! Two thumbs up!
What a amazing read! I have been a Stones fan for decades, but never really knew a whole lot about the band's early history or private lives. I was familiar with Richards' reputation as a hard partying poor boy, but this book elevated him into one of my life heroes. I have read a dozens of rock n roll autobiographies and this is by far the best. Richards could have produced a fluff piece that only showed him in the best light...that is not the path he took. He didn't cast himself in the role of character in every situation. Instead he allowed the reader the opportunity to join him on his journey from awkward school boy to aging rock star, complete with poor decisions and poor yond the info of his life, Richards also provides endless info about the music. I am not a musician by any stretch if the imagination; however, even I was able to grasp the subtle info of the Stones' sound that are highlighted throughout the book. I always appreciated the melody spilling from my speakers, but now I have a better understanding of what makes the Stones sound unique. I also have an enhanced knowledge of the dedication that went into producing the songs that have meant so much to me through the years. I will never listen to a Stones album in the same way.I was also impressed by the method Richards detailed the musicians that have influenced him throughout his life. Some I was familiar with, some were fresh to me. I can say I have a much better understanding of the role the Stones played in popularizing the blues and selling it back to America. It really is a shame that the pioneers of the blues never got the recognition they so clearly deserved... due to prejudice and racism. Richards also created a point of recognizing the legions of studio musicians and touring members that have kept the melody flowing for over fifty years. It is always amazing to see credit given where it is e story of the Stones wouldn't be complete without addressing the tensions between players that have arisen throughout the band's history. The interpersonal problems with Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Richards/Jagger are all covered, but don't appear to be sensationalized. Richards' determination to live his life on his own terms while striving for elusive perfection locations him in the fine company of Hunter S Thompson, Hemingway, and Roger Waters. All heroes in my humble opinion.
I was very surprised to search that I liked this so much -- Keith is a fabulous, hilarious storyteller, and an insightful observer as well as participant in a lot of of the heavy cultural changes that occurred in the latter half of the 20th a Stones fan I also enjoyed his behind-the-scenes accounts of the recordings of so a lot of amazing songs and albums, in addition to the usual tour stories and excesses galore.I will say that Keith remains in denial about certain happenings in his life, and doesn't seem to wish to admit that his drug/alcohol habit was responsible for much of the chaos in his ill, it's his book and he's entitled to view his life and Mick any method he wants.He managed to produce a amazing autobiography, one that sets the bar high for the a lot of copycat accounts that are sure to follow.
Amazing book. Very detailed. Mick Jagger described it accurately, "very tedious." Still a amazing book from and about a rock d the story about him being wasted on heroin, (not a amazing thing), in a studio, when the police came in searching the put while he hid under a desk.
This book is hysterically funny in parts, moving, informative, ith's "voice" is delightful. I had no idea what he was really like. The guy is deep and he gets it, life that e stories he tells like the one about driving to morocco for drugs paints such a stage for the reader as to what Keith, those around him, and the globe was like. Just reading about what his freaking vehicle was like was worth that chapter!IAnd the story of the stones being pulled over in Arkansas after being warned never to drive around southern states and how they got out of that mess is vividly described and will create you laugh in amazement about what goes on behind the scenes or at least what the 60's were 's interesting to read about Keith and mick's relationship. And then the Canadian prime minister's wife being a stones' groupie and running around their hotel rooms. e narrative is so rich and not a single page is slow.I love Keith now. I am so glad he opened up and now we obtain to know him and the history of that time period.I loved hearing about his parents, his schooling, how he met the stones and the Beatles and on and ter i read it, I got the audio book. That is a hoot, especially the part keith reads himself!You have to read this book!
One of the most entertaining and delightful books I've ever read. Something akin to sitting down and hanging out with Keith Richards for a few days. I was disappointed when it was over because it was such an awesome read. Keith has an wonderful memory and a amazing bonus for writing. You will not regret reading this book.
Since I am not a fan of Keith Richards' notorious drug and alcohol abuse I had no plan to read this book, and when it was suggested to me by a mate I refused to consider it. After hearing amazing reviews of the book, and high praise from my reading mate (who is also a blues guitarist), I decided to give it a shot.I was in for a very pleasant surprise. Mr. Richards has written a very detailed and well constructed biography that begins with his early youth and ends in about 2009. In that time period he gives a candid acc of how he developed his poor boy persona (multiple beatings at school, bullying from peers, poverty, drugs and alcohol), the early years of his own musical education and experimentation, the first meetings and jams with Mick Jagger, and then the development and growth of the current line up known as the "Rolling Stones". Interspersed with his first person acc are a lot of excerpts from other mates and musicians with whom he shared experiences over 60+ years. There are photographs, from a school boy portrait of an unhappy looking Richards of about 10 years old, to a very early black and white of the Rolling Stones wearing silly, matching, early 60's costumes (their manager at the time was trying to fit them into the Beatles mold), to concert photos, intimate family pictures, and finally the haggard appearing Richards that we are familiar with today. I came to the conclusion that I had greatly underestimated this man, his contributions to the melody world, and his defining role in making the Rolling Stones the amazing band that they are. My least favorite aspects of the book is his obvious sexism and disdain for women, and the recounting of his serious on-going alcohol abuse (which he does NOT acknowledge as a problem). To his credit, Richards does repeatedly warn the reader of the dangers of using Heroin. But the detailed musical history of his musical influences, his own work and collaborations and that of other bands and musicians of the time are well worth the read and very informative. I also enjoyed his obvious wit and entertaining writing style. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves music.
Life, in broad application, is always full of surprises. LIFE, Keith Richards' autobiography, is no less laden with the unexpected: First, that the book is even readable, and it is--eminently so; second, that the type story that has been told numerous times by countless other survivors of hedonistic excess would keep any interest at all, and it did--well past the halfway point when interest only wavered under the burden of sheer repetition. Another surprise: The glimpse into the real musicality of Richards as demonstrated by his extensive knowledge of musical structure, technique, and style, however unorthodox the learning process may have been. And another: That the creation of some of the Stones greatest hits is either glossed over or completely ignored. And yet another that's maybe not such a huge surprise: Richards' determination to set the record straight regarding "rejuvenating" blood exchanges, heroin use, and the relationship with e "civilian" facet of the book is plodding at times, just as is most civilian life, but that only adds to the legitimacy--the truth-telling theme of the memoir.James Fox, as co-writer, has done a stellar job of organizing what had to be an absolute glut of material in a method that respects and maintains Richards' voice. A must-read for Stones fans, LIFE deserves a unique put on the shelf holding the most definitive documentations of rock 'n' roll as a lifestyle.
You need this book. Why? Because you are an daily person, just like I am, just like everyone else out there. Jared brings incisive insight, deep pastoral compasion, and clarity that has been forged from his own walk enriched by the power of the gospel. Read something else if you're looking for a scholarly treatise on pneumatology, but if you're interested in a hard-hitting, theologically rich, and transperantly vulnerable reflection on living the Christian life in the power of the Spirit of God—you need to read this book!
I have read hundreds of books on WW2. My Dad fought in the Pacific and my Mom waited for him to come home. This is a amazing one. This book spends much more time than most regarding the private relationships with the women in their lives, both in Australia and US. None of this is sugar-coated. These were all young people at a time of battle involving ever-present fear and uncertainty. They dreamed of their lives returning to a "normal" filled with happiness after the war. What is sad but unfortunately a harsh reality, is that the globe back home had inexorably changed. Coupled with the hurt done to them personally, it wasn't amazing in a lot of e unfathomable savagery displayed by their Japanese captors in treatment of POW's is well-documented. It also provides an interesting perspective on the receiving end of the U.S. bombs as the Japan homeland increasingly felt the effects of battle they believed they would never lose.Quite a stunning story toward the end of the book as he visited one of the men for the latest time. Overall, I applaud the author for his effort and book. To memorialize these men and their lives is SO important. I thank him for it.
Bob Palmer, Chuck Vervalin, Tim McCoy, and Gordy Cox came from various parts of the United States, but they eventually ended up in the same place; the submarine USS Grenadier. On April 23rd, 1943, the Grenadier was struck by an aerial torpedo launched from a Japanese torpedo plane. Immediately, the sub plunged to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Miraculously, the squad managed to bring the sub back to the surface, only to be captured by an opponent r the next twenty eight months, Bob, Chuck, Tim, and Gordy faced the full wrath of their Japanese captors. Everyday beatings were commonplace, and meal and water were almost nonexistent. To complicate matters even more, the men had no training in survival as a POW. Instead, the men relied on their own instincts in order to survive. Still, the beatings continued, and the meal was virtually nil. The men were forced to work as slave laborers in Japanese manufacturing plants, and some spent time in solitary confinement. The Japanese showed them no ly, after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, the Japanese finally surrendered. In the following weeks, Bob, Chuck, Tim, and Gordy eventually returned home, but each found that their lives were much different. Former fiances, thinking the men dead, had married others, bouts with alcoholism began, and post-traumatic stress syndrome set in. These effects were passed on to the men's children, and they would suffer a lot of of the same afflictions as their fathers. Despite these heavy obstacles, the four men managed to survive as best as they could.I found "No Ordinary Joes" to be a fascinating read. Having read numerous previous books about the submarine battle in the Pacific, I was immediately interested. The story of the Grenadier is truly remarkable in the fact that the squad was able to raise the ship back to the surface. Author Larry Colton provides a very accurate telling of prison camp atrocities handed out by the Japanese. These cowardly acts versus Allied POWs were, unfortunately, the norm. I especially enjoyed the chapter which describes the men in later life. I was satisfied to see that they managed to survive and have families of their own. These men are real heroes.I highly recommend this book. The story is very good, and the sacrifice and struggle that these four men went through is a testament to their strength and will to survive.
I have read a lot of books about Globe Battle II that were amazing reads and this is one of them. The middle of the book is about four sailors from the submarine USS Grenadier who spend almost 3 years as prisoners of battle in Japan working in a steel mill. A lot of books have been written about men as prisoners of battle and there is nothing really fresh here. But the scope of the whole book covers these four men's lives from growing up not good in the depression, never being able to finish high school, enlisting in the Navy just before the Battle started. The book finishes up with what happened to these men after the War. They are well into their 80's now and the author did a amazing job in interviewing them for this book. These men's stories are extraordinary!
As a former US Navy submariner myself I had to read this book. I won't test to explain the emotions that this brought to the surface within me because each of us is different, but these men will be with me as long as I can ere is also a lesson in this book for those misguided individuals who still cling to the idea that torture is a legitimate method of getting info from prisoners. I know it won't happen, but I want Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of that gang would read this book.
What a book!!! I knew a former Globe Battle Two POW. He was a Marine captured on Corrigadore and the depictions of the treatment of the prisoners is very accurate. This is a first class look at the lives of four normal young men before, during and after the trauma of war. As a retired Navy man and Vietnam vet I can relate to their trials and tribulations both in the service and as civilians.
Larry Colton is an perfect writer. His book "Counting Coup was the best sports book that I ever read. He has a amazing knack for writing about the average American. Unfortunately Lauren Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken" has a related theme and story, and her book with all the publicity it has received is now #1 on the best seller's list. Both books tell about the horrors of a Japanese POW camp, and I believe Mr. Coltun does an equal if not better job of describing the conditions that these brave sailors had to endure. Once again, this is a amazing book on all counts. It should not be bert E. Levine
This is a well written book. It was well researched and the info are extraordinary. Four young men in the prime of their lives join the Navy during WWII. They eventually end up stationed aboard the same submarine. The author develops the story from the beginning of each of their lives and through to their deaths. The four ordinary joe's see a lot of life and death in the adventures of being submariners in the silent service of the Navy. Read this book you will have fun it.