May
08

A Review of Back to the Summit by Ruth Hill of the Blog My Devotional Thoughts

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I am humbled by a blog about “Back to the Summit” that has recently come to my attention. Written by a lady named Ruth Hill, it does me great honor, especially coming from a somewhat unexpected source. Ms. Hill writes “as I read all of the wrongs [Rains} suffered quietly throughout his life, I was stunned,” …and I marveled at the fact that he did not let bitterness and hatred … consume him as I have seen…do to those who are closet to me. The way he responded in word and deed tended to put me to shame….He has acted more Christlike than a lot of people who call themselves evangelical Christians-myself unfortunately included….Yes, Senator Rains has indeed won me over. I have decided that the book deserves a 5-star rating, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to my readers.”

http://www.mydevotionalthoughts.com/2012/01/well-spoken-wednesday-back-to-summit-by.html

Her entire review is posted below:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was not sure what to make of this book once I began reading it.  I was impressed that the senator chose to tell his own story without relying on”ghost writers,” but this was indeed a long, detailed account of a man who lived most of his life during a time with which I was not familiar. It was quite a daunting task.
I was initially drawn to his story because of the brain injury he had incurred and survived.  I was not drawn into his early life that much. And even his political career failed to capture my interest. I could have done without much of the detail, profanity (which proved to be much milder than I first thought), and stories of his exploits. I had planned on giving this book a three- or four-star rating.  I felt this book was written for a generation previous to mine.
However, I began to find myself talking more and more about this book with others.  I got past the halfway point, and I suddenly found myself drawn into the storey.  The stories of his travels, ex-wife troubles, and physical ailments began to engross me.  I had never heard of some of the places he visited.And as I read of all the wrongs he had suffered quietly throughout his life, I was stunned.  I found myself saying that he was a better man than I would have been. And I marveled at the fact that he did not let bitterness and hatred eat him up and consume him as I have seen those horrid
feelings do to those who are closest to me. The way he responded in word and deed tended to put me to shame.  Here he is a religious man who acted more Christlike than a lot of people who call themselves evangelical Christians-myself unfortunately included.
Yes, Senator Rains has indeed won me over. The very fact that he is living, breathing, and living a more active life than the majority of people half his age is a miracle and a tribute to him. i have decided that the book deserves a 5-star rating, and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to the majority of my readers.  There are some “colorful” words in the pages, but I found that any of the language used really was not too offensive in light of the story being told.  It is a true saying that no matter how bad your lot in life may be, there is always someone worse off than you!  If you do not believe me, I challenge you to read this book and see for yourself.

 

 

 

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