I have just finished the first chapter of “Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning”. It is already easy to tell that it is a must read for every Christian who desires to raise up a generation that is not duped by the secular ideologies that are pervasive in our culture. I know some may think it premature to give such a hearty endorsement, but I have flicked through the rest of the chapters and also have great confidence in the work and Worldview of Nancy Pearcey who is also the author of “Total Truth” and “How Now Shall We Live” just to name a few. Trust me, you need to read this book!!!
I just finished reading Churchill by Paul Johnson. This was my first biography of the life of Sir. Winston Churchill who was by all human accounts the leader who saved the British Empire from the Nazi regime. The book is superbly written and was highly recommended by R. Albert Mohler who has read many volumes on Churchill and said that Johnson’s volume which is under 200 pages did a tremendous job presenting Churchill in a fair and balanced light.
I enjoyed turning every page and would highly recommend those interested in history, interesting people and especially leadership to pick up a copy and enjoy. There was a very small number of curse words, which parents may want to cross out before having their children read the book. These words were direct quotes of Churchill and were obviously retained to show his frustration during different times of his tenure as Prime Minister.
Churchill was not a Christian, in fact he at one season in his life rejected God due to reading a book by a well known atheist while serving in India. Only later after serving several times in the heat of battle did Churchill acknowledge a belief in some form of higher power.
Besides getting a better grasp on the historic events during Sir. Winston’s era the book was a valuable treasure of leadership principles applicable in any setting. Strong leaders must persevere through much difficulty and Churchill did just that over and over again.
The epilogue was worth the price of the book, in which Paul Johnson summarizes Churchill’s strength in five lessons from his life.
1.Always aim high. (Even when you are put down.)
2. There is no substitute for hard work.
3.Never allow mistakes, disaster-personal or national accidents, illnesses, unpopularity, and criticism to get you down.
4.Dont waste your life being angry, malicious, critical and unforgiving.