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Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue (utgåvan 2013)

av David J. Bobb (Författare)

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There is no formula for becoming humble--not for individuals, and not for nations. Benjamin Franklin's dilemma--one he passed on to the young United States--was how to achieve both greatness and humility at once. The humility James Madison learned as a legislator helped him to mold a nation, despite his reputation as a meek, timid, and weak man. The humility of Abigail Adams fed her impossible resilience. Humility of all kinds is deeply ingrained in our American DNA. Our challenge today is to rediscover and reawaken this utterly indispensable, alarmingly dormant national virtue before it's too late. In Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue, Dr. David J. Bobb traces the "crooked line" that is the history of humility in political thought. From Socrates to Augustine to Machiavelli to Lincoln, passionate opinions about the humble ruler are literally all over the map. Having shown classical, medieval, and Christian ideas of humility to be irreconcilable, Dr. Bobb asserts that we as a nation are faced with a difficult choice. A choice we cannot put off any longer. "The power promised by humility is power over oneself, in self-government," says Dr. Bobb. "[But] humility's strength is obscured by the age of arrogance in which we live." George Washington's humility, as great as it was, cannot substitute for ours today. We must reintegrate this fundamental virtue if there is to be an American future. The rediscovery of humility's strength awaits. "Humility is essential to good character--and to our country. In this smart and lively book, David Bobb illustrates this virtue with the stories of five great Americans. And he reminds us that humility is at the core of our national creed of equality and liberty." --Paul Ryan "Nothing defies political correctness and the prevailing zeitgeist as radically as the notion that humility remains an important virtue. Dr. Bobb not only makes the case for this dismissed and disregarded value but emphasizes its importance as part of the American national character." --Michael Medved, syndicated talk radio host "A lively and counterintuitive argument, spiced with witty prose and engaging vignettes of Franklin, Washington, Madison, Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Abigail Adams." --Robert Faulkner, professor of Political Science, Boston Colle≥ author, The Case for Greatness "Dr. David Bobb has written a timely and timeless book on a vital virtue absent from far too many leaders today.  Humility should be required reading for leaders in the public and private sector as well as in our homes and communities.  In an age of arrogance there is much to be learned and strength to be gained from returning to the principle, power and pattern of humility contained in this extraordinary book."    --Mike Lee, U.S. Senator, Utah… (mer)
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Titel:Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue
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Book Review: Humility by David J. Bobb

Book Review-Humilty by David J. Bobb
Political Science is not my favorite topic and I did not realize that this book is categorized (rightly) under that topic, so please keep that in mind as you read my review.

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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from publisher through the Booksneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

(c) 2014 Cheryl Cope ( )
  cherylcope | Jan 20, 2014 |
Title: Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue
Author: David J. Bobb
Pages: 228 (including index)
Year: 2013
Publisher: Nelson Books
Humility is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people: the quality or state of being humble. What do you think of or who might you think of when you hear the word humility? Is it a famous person, a celebrity, a politician or is it someone at your church, office or neighborhood? David Bobb has highlighted five famous, historical figures to demonstrate the characteristic of humility in their lives.
Part I of this book uses Benjamin Franklin, Jesus and Socrates as humility is discussed and its opposite, pride. We see these traits portrayed in Part II as short biographies are presented of George Washington, James Madison, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Some show our human inclination to be prideful and how humility was gained through their life experiences. Some had humility as part of their lives from very early on. Part III brings readers to the modern “Age of Arrogance” where Bobb points out our lack of humility today regardless of political affiliation, people groups or nations. “Franklin’s dilemma—America’s dilemma at our founding—was how to be humble and achieve greatness. Our challenge today is how to rediscover humility.”
I enjoyed taking a look at these great historical people. If you don’t like history, then this probably isn’t the book for you. This book serves as a wake-up call to our thinking today as a nation and as individual people. We all need to infuse more humility into our lives. It must be an intentional effort because most are just about looking out for themselves. This book shows what can happen when just one person shows humility and how it can benefit to everyone. Benjamin Franklin wrote as he strived to obtain humility that, “It (humility) would elude anyone, he concluded, for just as soon as someone thinks himself perfectly humble, he is likely to succumb to the temptation of pride.” How true! All-in-all, I found the book interesting. I did like the Christian worldview and the style of writing that made me slow down to read so I could take in what was presented and not just skim. For those wanting more in-depth information, readers can take advantage of the recommended readings provided.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457 ( )
  lamb521 | Dec 13, 2013 |
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There is no formula for becoming humble--not for individuals, and not for nations. Benjamin Franklin's dilemma--one he passed on to the young United States--was how to achieve both greatness and humility at once. The humility James Madison learned as a legislator helped him to mold a nation, despite his reputation as a meek, timid, and weak man. The humility of Abigail Adams fed her impossible resilience. Humility of all kinds is deeply ingrained in our American DNA. Our challenge today is to rediscover and reawaken this utterly indispensable, alarmingly dormant national virtue before it's too late. In Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue, Dr. David J. Bobb traces the "crooked line" that is the history of humility in political thought. From Socrates to Augustine to Machiavelli to Lincoln, passionate opinions about the humble ruler are literally all over the map. Having shown classical, medieval, and Christian ideas of humility to be irreconcilable, Dr. Bobb asserts that we as a nation are faced with a difficult choice. A choice we cannot put off any longer. "The power promised by humility is power over oneself, in self-government," says Dr. Bobb. "[But] humility's strength is obscured by the age of arrogance in which we live." George Washington's humility, as great as it was, cannot substitute for ours today. We must reintegrate this fundamental virtue if there is to be an American future. The rediscovery of humility's strength awaits. "Humility is essential to good character--and to our country. In this smart and lively book, David Bobb illustrates this virtue with the stories of five great Americans. And he reminds us that humility is at the core of our national creed of equality and liberty." --Paul Ryan "Nothing defies political correctness and the prevailing zeitgeist as radically as the notion that humility remains an important virtue. Dr. Bobb not only makes the case for this dismissed and disregarded value but emphasizes its importance as part of the American national character." --Michael Medved, syndicated talk radio host "A lively and counterintuitive argument, spiced with witty prose and engaging vignettes of Franklin, Washington, Madison, Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Abigail Adams." --Robert Faulkner, professor of Political Science, Boston Colle≥ author, The Case for Greatness "Dr. David Bobb has written a timely and timeless book on a vital virtue absent from far too many leaders today.  Humility should be required reading for leaders in the public and private sector as well as in our homes and communities.  In an age of arrogance there is much to be learned and strength to be gained from returning to the principle, power and pattern of humility contained in this extraordinary book."    --Mike Lee, U.S. Senator, Utah

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