Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review: Lincoln - A Life of Purpose and Power

I took it upon myself to tackle Richard Carwardine's "Lincoln" for a couple of reasons:  First, I've been wanting to read an Abraham Lincoln biography for some time.  Second, this was a book, and it does a body good to read a BIG book every now and then.

Besides making me want to run for President, my biggest take aways were some awesome quotes from Lincoln himself:
"Most governments have been based, practically on the denial of equal rights of men... ours began by affirming those rights.  They said, some men are too ignorant and vicious to share in government. Possibly so, said we, would keep them ignorant and vicious. We proposed to give all a chance and we expected the week to grow stronger, the ignorant wiser, and all better and happier together." 
"In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God.  Both may be, and one must be wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time.  In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party.  I am almost ready to say this is probably true- that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet.  And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day, yet the contest proceeds."
Carwardine did a great job of making this a very readable and enjoyable book.  I wanted to finish it, and he paints Lincoln as a great man and American hero, but doesn't deify him as can sometimes happen.  I found most interesting his thoughts on Lincoln's relationship with Christianity, but you'll have to ask me in person about that.

I found this book at my local library, but you can also buy it on Amazon or get it on Paperback Swap.

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