George W. Bush
This one was a tough one for me. In general, I am not a very political person. I do vote, and usually those I vote for belong to a specific party, but I have never been one to be outspoken on political matters. I was not a fan of Government/Economics in school. It’s just not a huge interest of mine. So, reading a President’s autobiography was somewhat of a stretch for me.
I’m not really sure why I chose to read this book. It was one given to my husband as a gift. I think he read it several years ago. But it was sitting around, and for some reason, I decided to give it a go. Despite my apathy toward politics, it was interesting getting the “first-hand” account of parts of history from years that I actually remember living through. For coming from a president who had the reputation of not being a man of eloquent speech, I thought the book did quite a good job of expressing his thoughts and feelings in a genuinely articulate manner. And while it was a hard read, most likely because of the content, I did enjoy getting the President’s perspective on the reasons why he did what he did. I especially appreciated how he always came back to his faith and how he leaned on his belief system to help make what were sometimes difficult and unpopular decisions.
A couple of quotes I liked:
The patients reaffirmed my conviction that every life has dignity and value, because every person bears the mark of the Almighty God. I saw their suffering as a challenge to the words of the Gospel: ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ America has been given a lot, and I resolved that we would answer the call.”
In one of our first meetings, I explained to President Jiang that faith was a vital part of my life and that I studied the Word every day.
So, while I wouldn’t want to pick it up and read it again any time soon, I am glad that I read this book. I did find it interesting and I gave it 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.