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Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Obama voter, McCain admirer

    You can get really good insight into how a person's mind works by looking at what they write down. John McCain writes a didactic book of stories aimed at parents. Barack Obama writes an action plan that calls for adults and students to get involved in their communities. I recommend you turn off the TV -- especially the propaganda channel -- and read both authors to get a sense of who they are and their predispositions. What's the gist of McCain's book? Stories that you can retell and integrate into your daily life, that illustrate how to be a good, decent, loving, courageous person. Much like William Bennett's younger-oriented book on morality, this strikes me as a gesture of love for people. While I'm not giving Senator McCain my vote, he has my unconditional respect. Among the many stories that hit me where I live, the most wrenching ones are where he states, explicitly, that perhaps the most inspiring demonstration of character is to love one's enemy. I have to thank the Senator for giving me quite a few stories that I will never forget, particularly his own, where a North Vietnamese prison guard risks punishment to ease McCain's suffering.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Great reading/sharing material

    I didn't know that McCain was such a prolific historian. This book sets up the reader to learn about 34 people in history who exemplified a wonderful character trait.

    I will be using this book to help my middle school advisory program find responsible, caring, excellent people to study.

    This book is a wonderful asset to invest your heart in. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    Some incredible people...and great philosophy.

    This was an incredible book beacause it showed the qualities that we can posess and the people we can become. McCain relates events in his life to this book. After reading this, I do believe that Character is Destiny, that what you are is what you can become.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    self sacrifice and honor

    I just finished reading john mccains book 'character is destiny' it is a very special collection of biographies of people who put their lifes on the line for other people and the special thing about this book is that all of these great people left their comfortable surroundings and because of their commitment to their faith and wanting to make a difference in the world and putting their lifes below someone elses so that persons life can be free. the favorite section in the book was very moving to me was the one on tolorence it was on some very special chaplins who volunteered for active combat duty and they were out in the atlantic ocean were the german submarines were threatening there comrades and these clergy offered great peace to all the sailors who inspired great hope to all of the navy personel on board who were being threatened by the germans and because of the character and hope that the clergy were able to bestow on the sailors hope and peace.I was very impressed with these chaplins who ministered great courage to their fellow shipmates whean the ship was sinking they offered great comfort and strong peace and hope that I felt eased alot of these peoples fears in their time of need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    great read that you'll have a hard time putting down

    Character is Destiny is a book I recommend to everyone, whether young or old, male or female. The stories and topics covered are relevant to all age groups. As explained in McCain¿s introduction, the book is an attempt to reach out to the American public and especially American teenagers who still have a full life ahead of them to decide their fate. McCain reinforces the idea that everyone has the ability to decide their own destiny. He states that our destiny is not predetermined, but instead affected by our actions and character, hence the title for this book. Character is Destiny by John McCain follows a design where seven selected topics are touched upon and then reinforced using real life stories. The importance of these topics, which include honor, strength, judgment, and love to name a few, are shown through the retelling of events from the lives of both famous and unknown people. The variety of people used as examples ranges from George Washington and Dwight D. Eisenhower to Mark Twain and Charles Darwin to Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. These selected individuals are then used to teach a certain point or quality within the broader topic. For example, George Washington is under the topic of strength and his story is used to teach the lesson of self-control. Through the use of real life stories to display each important lesson, McCain is able to get his message across to the reader clearly and without losing the reader¿s attention. The carefully picked stories pass by quickly once you begin reading. As I was reading the book, I found that whenever I would finish one story I would end up moving quickly onto the next. This provides the book with a short story feel that causes it to be a quick read. Lastly, the actual writing of Character is Destiny is easy to read and understand without being childish. While the book may be aimed to a younger crowd, McCain and his co-author, Mark Saltar, make sure to keep the writing, vocabulary, and overall tone at a high, intellectual level. With all of this in mind, I fully recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspirational piece of literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    Too Little Too Late

    The genesis of such books can be traced to emotional health, which our system of education and Nation in general ignore more and more.

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    Posted April 23, 2011

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