Thursday, March 1, 2012

March's Value & Book Review

During February my blog's theme of the month was Faith. Most of my blog postings had to do with how important keeping faith in your ability as a writer will help you succeed. A healthy dose of faith will see you through rejections and self doubt.

March's theme on my blog will be . . .

Virtue is a characteristic of a person which supports individual moral excellence and collective well-being. There are many virtues that writers can work on not only in their writing, but in the stories they create. This is going to be a great month. We'll discuss respect, self-control, kindness, self-efficacy, awareness, regard, and creativity. So get ready. March will be an interesting month.

Now for my brief book review. The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart is not only a lesson in world history, but it opens your eyes to how fragile freedom is. There have been times when those hungry for power could have changed the world and not for the better.

Did you know that only 5% of all the people who have ever lived on the earth have had the opportunity to experience freedom? That's a scary thought. According to the Stewart brothers the tipping points that saved the world were:

  1. the defeat of the Assyrians
  2. the victory of the Greeks over the Persians
  3. when the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity
  4. the defeat of Islam at Poitiers
  5. the failure of the Monguls to overtake Europe
  6. the discovery of the New World
  7. the Battle of Britain in WWII. 

I learned something new about each of these events. And I could plainly see freedom has been preserved in each case by the intervention of divine guidance. Everyone should read this book. I came away with a deep appreciation for those who braved incredible odds in the quest to remain free and with my faith strengthened in a higher power.

I hope and prayer there are still brave souls in this world to help preserve freedom for our children.

Are there other tipping points that you can think of that were crucial to saving freedom in the world?



  1. I was a TA for American Heritage in college and we learned about a number of little events that might have changed the course of American history and really changed our freedoms—George Washington's brushes with death, his declining the offer to be king, etc. Even the Constitutional Convention—seeing how difficult and tenuous the process was at times really taught me to look for the hand of God in history.

    Looking forward to this month's value!

  2. Jordan,
    Those are great points. Chris Stewart has another book about the tipping points of American Freedom. I'll have to check it out and see if he writes about your points. Thanks for bringing those up. Washington was one of my favorite Founding Fathers. We really need a George Washington today. :)

  3. This sounds like a fascinating book - thanks for the review!

  4. Susan,
    It was a great read. I learned a lot! I hope you have a chance to pick it up.

  5. it's interesting that Constantine was born and he ruled from my country, Serbia :) We are actually celebrating the jubilee of the Christianity down in his imperial city Naisus in a year or two. And there's also a Hollywood epic on him in preproduction :)

  6. Dezmond,
    Wow, thanks for the information on Constantine. That's awesome. I'll look forward to the film coming out.



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