I read Being George Washington by Glenn Beck from December 31st until January 3, 2102 and it is overall a good book. Written as a narrative, I could picture myself living through events of his life such as, the war for independence, Valley Forge, French & Indian war, and his role in keeping the county together. I can honestly say that GW service to this country is overlooked and it was refreshing to see his ‘duty’ to the United States. Honestly, the mutiny of Benedict Arnold, Valley Forge winter, Continental Convention, Yorktown, the Presidency, and his character all show what type of man that GW was and that with character and perseverance and faith in God anything is possible.
Here are some highlights that I liked.
- Pg 99/112 – Benedict Arnold betrayal, I could feel the wrench in my stomach as GW wrestled what to do. Even though Arnold had a treacherous plan, GW believed that God was still an invisible hand actively involved within human affairs . Also Ben Franklin’s quote “Judas sold only one man, Arnold three millions.”
- I love the quotes of GW – he writes so eloquently and I wish I could articulate with wisdom and reason like he did.
- Pg 169 – mutiny. The troops and army are considering mutiny because they have not been paid. GW shows the world that he is willing to take a stand against all evil even though he has good reason to lash out at Congress. Another thing is that GW freely gives up power because he wants to go back to Mt. Vernon. Also a few pages later we can see from Napoleon what happens when a republic is run by the wrong person.
- Pg 203 – GW was self conscious because he lacked a formal education. I feel the same because the more that I learn the more that I know I do not know
- Pg 245 -“When you speak of God and his attributes, let it be seriously and with reverence.” Great advice – I am prone to treating God as common, almost like a friend, but I should hold Him in full reverence.
- Pg 244 – GW’s view on the constitution. He fought and lost many men and that he viewed that the Constitution is worth fighting for. It is the best attempt by mortal men at self government and that the document should not be viewed as ‘living.’ See his farewell address in which he stresses the importance of adhering to it.