Friday, April 16, 2010

Winston Churchill; A Book Review

 Winston Churchill (Christian Encounters Series), by John Perry, is a biography about one of the great leaders of the modern world.  It is a good read for anyone who wants a short, concise story about the life and times of an outstanding statesman, military leader, author and orator.

Winston Churchill was born into a British aristocratic family and spent most of his young years in boarding schools.  He had a nanny who nurtured him and shared her Christian faith with him.  Winston was small for his age and spoke with a lisp.  He self-indulgent father ignored him and never gave Winston the approval that he craved. 

Winston grew up to be a young soldier and journalist who loved a good battle.  He spent time fighting in Cuba, India and Africa before taking a major role in leading British troups during WWI.  Winston spent many years in the British Parliament and was selected as Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1940. 

Winston Churchill believed that his leadership role during WWII was his true destiny.  He believed that everything that he had experienced in his early life prepared him for the challenges he would face during his country's fight against the Nazis.  

I believe Mr. Perry did a good job in describing the religious views of Winston Churchill. Mr. Churchill was not active in church, but he believed in a just God who was providing him with divine guidance and protection. 

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small,large or petty....and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race."  Winston Churchill

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