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    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
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    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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MacArthur, America’s General, by Mitchell Yockelson

MacArthur by Mitchel Yockelson is a pretty good read. Before reading this book I only had a general knowledge of General Douglas MacArthur. Now I feel I am well acquainted with this impressive man and his place in history. Yockleson began the book by telling of MacArthur’s birth in 1880 and ended with his death in 1964. In between we are told in great detail of his military accomplishments throughout several wars. History itself shows his intelligence and wisdom stood out amongst men as being quite superior. Yet, the thing that impressed me most was his determination to be his own man, never bowing to powers that be, even when they were directly over him. His belief system was very solid, guiding him along the way into becoming one of the most admired men in America, and even the world. Compromise doesn’t seem to be a word that could described him. In each of his military conquests, he seemed to have the unfailing confidence required to make concise decisions that for the most part changed history both at home and abroad.

Ever mindful of his men in battle, MacArthur stood beside his troops faithfully. When ordered to leave, his famous words were, “I shall return.”  This book mostly read like a historical account of his life with little information on his personal life other than  the where and whens of family events. He was a devoted grandson, son, husband and father. I was quite surprised to read of how influential his mother was in his life. It encouraged me to read of how he was devoted to his mother, always cognizant of her needs and openly giving her honor. To think of a great military hero, most would conjure up a picture of a tough, domineering man. MacArthur was all of those things, yet coupled with an honorable side that included love and respect for his family. MacArthur, it seems was the total package. I recommend this book. It was worth the read.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.