A Bright New Morning: An American Story

A Bright New Morning: An American Story

by Phil Mitchell

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ISBN-13: 9780741457639
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication date: 12/23/2009
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Phil Mitchell is a composer, author, and teacher from Chicago. He is on a mission to help unite America. Phil has written songs that have been played at radio stations around the world. His first album was titled "The Morning Star" and included songs about America and faith. His second album, "America," has received many strong reviews. Both albums included some outstanding singers and musicians. See his web site at: http://www.brightnewmorning.com.

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Bright New Morning: An American Story 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
lirpa137 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I would have to agree with aethercowboy. It just seemed like a bunch of unfinished thoughts jumbled together. I couldn't even finish reading the book.
hg2008 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I did not enjoy this book. Maybe it was because it was non fiction but I usally like or dont mind reading non fiction. This book was very boring and it was confusing and just going off in tangents. I wouldnt recomend it.
smmorris on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Mr. Mitchell's travels through and views of America centers on his hometown of Chicago. This often preachy book questions the decline of America and American values. The author clearly prefers life as it was in his own youth; simpler times where respect and country were important values in America. This "autobiography" asks many rhetorical questions through out it's pages, such as: "Are we (American people), educated about the 'American Spirit'?" "Can a child see past the end of his or her block?" "Will you go the extra mile so that we can return America to a caring society?" There is much heart and soul in this little book. Mr. Mitchell tires to diligently present his beliefs about and for America. In many ways he presents himself as our guide, our spiritual guide.. Here is an example: "One day, I decided to pray for my students as the national test was approaching. The next day, I was called into the principal's office. Ms. Rogers said, "Phil, I do not think this is working out. I'm sorry. Your class is just too much out of hand." Later, the principle learned that some of the students had doubled their prior year's test scores. The class went up 40% in math scores, but it was too late for me as I was cut for budget reasons. There was not enough school funding. There it was, I knew it would be hard for me to go into work with all my gifts. I knew that my spirituality was strong and it was sometimes hard to be around people. Somehow, I always had an effect on others. Other times, they were restless. How was I going to handle the kids who were even more restless? What was I to do with students that did not want to learn?"There are many little vignettes involving Mr. Mitchell's time as a trolley driver in Chicago. All center around Christianity, usually Mr. Mitchell's. He gives numerous accounts of helping others "see the light" or wishing others would. It would have been nice to have heard more about the various characters that he encountered, especially those who entered his trolley. He writes that on one "Christmas Eve, I had over 11 homeless people board my trolley. I gave each some dollar bills until I had no money left in my wallet. Each homeless person gave me an interesting story." Then we find out one was a lawyer, one own a business and one man's wife had left him, but that was it. Where are those "interesting stories?"Mr. Mitchell's tries to cover a lot of territory. Many subjects are not fleshed out, while some get only a sentence and a question that is never addressed. . The subjects are not fully explored. Normal conventions of writing are not used, making this a difficult read. It is not unusual to have two people speaking in the same paragraph, for instance. These mistakes and the often disjointed thoughts made this self-published book a difficult read. Mr. Mitchell wrote a good first draft. Now he needs to go back, re-write and gives us the stories that he knows will move us. Mr. Mitchel ends his book with several quotes from famous people, the Bible and himself and his own poem, song and prayer.
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Mr. Mitchell's travels through and views of America centers on his hometown of Chicago. This often preachy book questions the decline of America and American values. The author clearly prefers life as it was in his own youth; simpler times where respect and country were important values in America. This "autobiography" asks many rhetorical questions through out it's pages, such as: "Are we (American people), educated about the 'American Spirit'?" "Can a child see past the end of his or her block?" "Will you go the extra mile so that we can return America to a caring society?" There is much heart and soul in this little book. Mr. Mitchell tires to diligently present his beliefs about and for America. In many ways he presents himself as our guide, our spiritual guide.. Here is an example: "One day, I decided to pray for my students as the national test was approaching. The next day, I was called into the principal's office. Ms. Rogers said, "Phil, I do not think this is working out. I'm sorry. Your class is just too much out of hand." Later, the principle learned that some of the students had doubled their prior year's test scores. The class went up 40% in math scores, but it was too late for me as I was cut for budget reasons. There was not enough school funding. There it was, I knew it would be hard for me to go into work with all my gifts. I knew that my spirituality was strong and it was sometimes hard to be around people. Somehow, I always had an effect on others. Other times, they were restless. How was I going to handle the kids who were even more restless? What was I to do with students that did not want to learn?" There are many little vignettes involving Mr. Mitchell's time as a trolley driver in Chicago. All center around Christianity, usually Mr. Mitchell's. He gives numerous accounts of helping others "see the light" or wishing others would. It would have been nice to have heard more about the various characters that he encountered, especially those who entered his trolley. He writes that on one "Christmas Eve, I had over 11 homeless people board my trolley. I gave each some dollar bills until I had no money left in my wallet. Each homeless person gave me an interesting story." Then we find out one was a lawyer, one own a business and one man's wife had left him, but that was it. Where are those "interesting stories?" Mr. Mitchell's tries to cover a lot of territory. Many subjects are not fleshed out, while some get only a sentence and a question that is never addressed. . The subjects are not fully explored. Normal conventions of writing are not used, making this a difficult read. It is not unusual to have two people speaking in the same paragraph, for instance. These mistakes and the often disjointed thoughts made this self-published book a difficult read. Mr. Mitchell wrote a good first draft. Now he needs to go back, re-write and gives us the stories that he knows will move us. Mr. Mitchel ends his book with several quotes from famous people, the Bible and himself and his own poem, song and prayer. NOTE: received book from author
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
There is little argument that much division currently exists within the boundaries of the United States Of America. Heated contention over such topics as politics, the economy, and health care reform (to name a few) continue to spark charged emotion in us all - no matter which side you may take on the issues. In light of such sustained animosity, is it possible for us to ever unite as one collective nation...? Such is the task that Phil Mitchell sets out to accomplish throughout the pages of A Bright New Morning. Together with two compilation albums, Mitchell's uplifting new offering is geared towards highlighting the commonalities that we all share - thus taking the spotlight off the contentiousness that divides us. A composer, author, and teacher, Mitchell has made it his life's purpose to bring glimpses of hope to the lives of all those that he touches every day, ultimately aiming to unite and restore the nascent promise of America, and with the powerful insights featured in A Bright New Morning, he appears to be well on his way to achieving such a lofty goal. An inspiring, heartwarming read. Karynda Lewis Apex Reviews