David I. BobbThomas Nelson / 2013 / HardcoverOur Price$5.004 out of 5 stars for Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue. View reviews of this product. 2 Reviews
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YMinister1204Athens, ALAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great thoughts...January 7, 2014YMinister1204Athens, ALAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The book "Humility" by David J. Bobb is an incredible find. It is a book that brings to light the attitude that is needed in our world today. Bobb's comparison of Jesus to Socrates and then on to Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Abigail Adams, and others is fascinating to read and examine. David J. Bobb is a writer that I was unfamiliar with at first arrival, but after reading this book, I would love to read more from him. This book focuses on the need for humility in our world today. In a world that has become increasingly selfish and self-centered, many people have ignored the need for a humble and contrite spirit. Bobb does a good job of bringing that to light and explaining how the "greatest" men and women throughout history had that quality and that quality is what made them great.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5December 13, 2013lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Humility 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.
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