Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue - eBook  -     By: David I. Bobb
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Thomas Nelson / 2013 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781595555700
ISBN-13: 9781595555700

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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 College; 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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    YMinister1204
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    The 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.
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    lcjohnson1988
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    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.
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