Abraham Lincoln: Writings and Reflections | R.B. Bernstein

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2019: Book #35

“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party – and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to affect His purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true – that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

Those are the words of Abraham Lincoln. The first quote is from a personal memo he wrote to himself.  You can see he’s trying to understand the hand of God in the civil war. The second is from his second inaugural.

R.B. Bernstein has put together a collection of Lincoln’s words and thoughts.

It’s called, Abraham Lincoln: Writings and Reflections.

Great read.

You’ll get glimpses into his early thinking on how the federal government should handle slavery and then see that thinking progress and fully mature.

Bernstein also includes letters to friends and other government officials.

This book was a great read.

A must for any Lincoln fan.

I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

That’s book #35 for 2019.
17 more to go to hit my goal of 52 for the year.

Remember, all leaders are readers.
If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.
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