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Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation Hardcover – July 13, 2021
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A brilliant and empowering collection of final reflections and words of wisdom from venerable civil rights champion, the late Congressman John Lewis at the end of his remarkable life.
Congressman John Lewis was a paragon of the Civil Rights Movement and political leadership for decades. A hero we won’t soon forget, Lewis was a beacon of hope and a model of humility whose invocation to “good trouble” continues to inspire millions across our nation. In his last months on earth, even while battling cancer, he dedicated time to share his memories, beliefs, and advice—exclusively immortalized in these pages—as a message to the generations to come.
Organized by topic ranging from justice, courage, faith, mentorship, and forgiveness to the protests and the pandemic, and many more besides, Carry On collects the late Congressman’s thoughts for readers to draw on whenever they are in need of guidance. John Lewis had great confidence in our future, even as he died in the midst of one of our country’s most challenging years to date. With this book, he performs that crucial passing of the baton, empowering us to live up to the legacy he has left us with his perseverance, dedication, profound insight, and unwavering ability to see the good in life.
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"Small, powerful and deeply observed...Perhaps the most remarkable part of Carry On is the way Lewis deftly converges the emotional with the intellectual, the personal with the political, freedom dreams with pragmatic calls for major policy innovation...As he did for his entire life, Lewis, through his words in this volume after his death, offers us sustenance, faith and hope for the battles that lie ahead."―Washington Post
"Lewis (1940-2020) lays bare the vision and stratagems that sustained him through his lifelong, often brutal struggle for Black liberty...The author’s courage and conviction are crystal clear, and it’s also evident that he never feared death because he knew that his life had purpose. A bright, morally unwavering worldview from an exemplary human being."―Kirkus Review (starred review)
"Late civil rights leader and Georgia congressman Lewis (Across That Bridge) offers advice for young activists in this wise and moving account written during the last months of his life...The book’s conversational tone and brisk history lessons make it accessible to readers of all ages. The result is a winning introduction to the man and his philosophies of life."―Publishers Weekly
"This lovely book offers Lewis’ meditations on everything from love to public service and affirms that he indeed represented the best of our nation...Carry On is a bittersweet book, coming so soon on the heels of Lewis’ death, but a beautiful reminder of finding hope and joy in the simplest things."―BookPage
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (July 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538707128
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538707128
- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.35 x 1.2 x 7.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is divided into 37 chapters, each one containing thoughts on a specific subject. The chapters discuss: Good Days, Mentors, Heroes, Good Trouble, Activism, Justice, Courage, Character, Humility, Conscience, Hope, Spirituality, Faith, Patience, Fear, Forgiveness, Happiness, Friendship, Love, Marriage, Learning, Art, Books, Sports, Dress, Money, Immigration, Orientation, the Environment, COVID-19, Health Care, Vision, Communication, Voting, Death, Leaving a Legacy, and the Future.
Lewis speaks about MLK and Ghandi, about Rosa Parks, about appreciating the little things, about forgiving and having patience that justice will prevail. Each section is very short, most are less than two pages, but there is so much wisdom condensed into the chapters.
I am grateful that a person like Lewis, that had seen so much in his lifetime, took the time to think about and share the advice that he found to be the most important. He accomplished quite a bit in life, but now even after his passing, future generations that partially owe him for the freedoms that they enjoy, can read about what he thought was important enough to write down. I felt like I owed it to Mr. Lewis to read these short gems of wisdom, and I was not disappointed. In my opinion, it is definitely worth taking the 45 minutes or so to read this book.
By Third Eye on July 20, 2021