Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century

9780788169755: Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century

Provides insights into the lives of 6 great individuals who have changed the century by their works & their personal examples. These 6 embody specific virtues sorely needed in today s culture: Mother Teresa, compassion; Nelson Mandela, forgiveness; Billy Graham, salvation; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, truth; Pope John Paul II, human dignity; & Elie Wiesel, remembrance. Explores the historical background, family experiences & cultural settings that surrounded them. Aikman adds his personal perspectives, drawn from conversations, interviews, & inside stories. We can learn from their journeys & find inspiration in their moral & spiritual excellence. A lighthouse of hope.

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David Aikman is a former senior correspondent for Time magazine and covered international affairs for more than twenty years. He reported several Man-of-the-Year cover stories, including those on Deng Ziaoping, Corazon Aquino, and Mikhail Gorbachev.


Aikman deserves credit for writing biographies that not only are reliable and highly readable but also-because of the figures he chose to write about-morally elevating....Ultimately, Great Souls is about commendable qualities that people of any religious commitment, or even none at all, can and should recognize. (The Weekly Standard)

Readers with sharp dislikes for any of these six might be surprised to find themselves wavering after the author makes his case. They might even test the breadth of their human sympathy by trying to embrace both Mandela and Solzhenitsyn, both Graham and Wiesel. (Books and Culture)

Great Souls is a good read, eloquently showing how ordinary individuals with extraordinary discipline and will have risen above numerous kinds of adversity to influence the world for good. (San Antonio Express)

Great Souls...serves as an excellent introduction to six remarkable lives. Best of all, it answers the questions, "Where have all the heroes gone?" They are right in front of us. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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