Acres Of Diamonds

Acres Of Diamonds

by Russell Conwell, Robert Shackleton
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Acres Of Diamonds by Russell Conwell, Robert Shackleton

American Baptist minister and lawyer, Russell Conwell was the founder and first President of Temple University who is best remembered for his speech, "Acres of Diamonds", in which he puts forth the idea that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, but rather all the resources for achieving success exist in one's own back yard. That inspiring speech can be found in this little volume along with a short biography of Conwell by Robert Shackleton and an autobiographical essay on his life as an orator by Conwell himself.

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ISBN-13: 9781420930580
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.24(d)

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Russell Herman Conwell (February 15, 1843 – December 6, 1925) was an American Baptist preacher, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. He is remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the Pastor of The Baptist Temple, and for his inspirational lecture Acres of Diamonds.

The son of Massachusetts farmers, Conwell left home to attend the Wilbraham Wesleyan Academy and later Yale University. In 1862, before graduating from Yale, he enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War. From 1862-1864 Conwell served as a captain of a volunteer regiment. He was dismissed from the military after being charged with deserting his post at Newport Barracks, North Carolina. (While Conwell claimed that he was later reinstated by General James B. McPherson, no military records confirm his statement.

After the Civil War, Conwell studied law at the Albany Law School. Over the next several years, he worked as an attorney, journalist, and lecturer first in Minneapolis and then in Boston.

Additionally, during this period, he published about ten books—including campaign biographies of Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James A. Garfield. In 1880, he was ordained as a Baptist minister and took over a congregation in Lexington, Massachusett.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Acres of Diamonds is a lecture that Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, delivered more than 6,000 times across the country. Through this lecture, Conwell debunks the idea that it is noble to be poor, an idea that far too many Christians share. He illustrates that it is our duty as Christians to use our gifts to honestly earn riches, because you can do more good with riches than without. Conwell successfully illustrates the difference between the popular expression 'money is the root of all evil' and the complete Biblical passage which states 'the love of money is the root of all evil'. The love of money is idolatry, but money itself is neither good nor evil. It is simply a tool which may be used for either good or evil. In these pages we learn the virtues of earning money through honest, hard work. We learn to look for opportunities to serve others in our own back yard by simply finding a need and filling it. If you wish to be great, begin with who you are right now, where you are right now. Follow these principles, and you will uncover your own acres of diamonds. Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will appeal to the inner being, it will motivate the man inside all of us. After reading this fine book, you will find inside your self a new power, a new desier to suceed! Russell H. Conwell is a fine man, he found the chain to which desire for wealth is attached. He pulled that chain, and is helping millions to suceed. Wouldn't you be the fool to walk away from a book like this, without reading it? This book will hand you the key to sucess, all you have to do is open the door.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reread this book about every 6-9 months and I love how it opens my mind up to the simple possibilities around me
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