Book Review: Humility by David J. Bobb
This book is more about national humility, not personal humility, although it explores the personal humility of several leaders from the beginnings of our country. The author has separate chapters on George Washington, James Madison, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass.
The author’s definition of humility seems to be distilled from a myriad of sources, including some non-christian ones. In respect to what humility is, it is, Jesus and, not Jesus only, Jesus as one of many, equal in voice. That offended me. To me, true humility is so elusive and pride so pervasive, in part because that was the downfall of Satan, that the definition must come from God’s Word.
Some of this author’s biographical information appears to be mere opinion to me. How can anyone know what another person was thinking and feeling and what their motivation was? The author does have an extensive bibliography but even if you have a person’s diary you still cannot know those things. That would be opinion and conjecture.
This book was way outside of my comfort zone. It was not my style at all and too intellectual for me. The author is not a bad writer and not stupid by any stretch of the imagination but I did not enjoy reading this book nor did I glean any information useful to my current situations in life.
If you enjoy political science and early American history you may have a much pleasanter experience than I did with this book.
To purchase your own copy of this book go here:Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue
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