May 10, 2010
Looking for a book that you can read in a weekend, or an evening, that will inspire your life forever, maybe even change it? Then do what I did; read Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel.
Over a three year period author Richard Stengel spent many hours interviewing Nelson Mandela, eating with him, accompanying him on walks, watching him work, and campaign. The result is a wonderful book that shows a rare glimpse into the world and wisdom of this extraordinary man.
The African concept known as ubuntu—“the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others”, pervades Mandela’s philosophy. Through Stengel, Mandela shares his thoughts on love, fear, leadership, forgiveness, the importance of finding something that gives you pleasure, and so much more.
Is Nelson Mandela a hero? In Mandela's words, “a hero is a man who believes in something, is courageous, who may risk his own life for the good of the community”. So by his own definition he is, but he readily acknowledges that he has "stood on the shoulders" of thousands of others.
Mandela’s Way and many other materials on Nelson Mandela are available at your library.