Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Year of Tribulation: 1776

I recently finished reading David McCullough's book 1776.  This is a book I couldn't put down.  It recounts the formation of the Continental Army and George Washington's efforts to rally his undisciplined troops as they laid siege on Boston, were defeated at New York and then rebounded for a surprise victory in Trenton, New Jersey.  An amazing story.  It's a miracle we are not a British Commonwealth country like Canada is today.  The deprivation our forefathers endured for the cause of freedom is awe inspiring in and of itself.

There were a couple great quotes in the book:

"We must accept men as they are, not as we wish them to be." George Washington commenting on his troops.

"Whatever is, is right." - Alexander Pope alluding to our faith and acceptance of God's hand in our own life's events.

Pick up a copy of this book.  It's a fast read and you'll feel like you are actually there experiencing the events.

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