Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Book of Man
I recently finished reading The Book of Man by William J. Bennett, also author of the literary compilation, The Book of Virtues.
from the back of the book "Using profiles, stories, letters, poems, essays, historical vignettes, and myths to bring his subject to life, The Book fo Man defines what a man should be, how he should live, and to what he should aspire in several key areas of life: war, work, leisure, and more....."
This literary masterpiece is divides the writings under the headings: Man in War, Man at Work, Man in Play, Sports, and Leisure, Man in the Polis, Man with Woman and Children, and Man in Prayer and Reflection. The pieces in each section range broadly in both period written and style. The selections span both fiction and non-fiction material. All, however, are united by messages of noblilty, honor, respect, courage and humility. There is an overarching sense of elegance throughout these writings. Bennet did a masterful job in compiling this work. And while the themes are directed toward men, I, as a woman, found much to be edified by also.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. The opinions are my own.