I didn’t start reading until after college. Unfortunate for sure, but now I LOVE to read… check these out and ask me questions if you have any…
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Did I like this book?
Yes, I LOVED this book! I really, really loved it.
What did I like about it?
Reading Nelson Mandela’s writing was easy, smooth, real, uplifting, inspiring, humbling, kind, and connective. I felt connected to humanity while reading this book and I also felt a sense of peace throughout.
I experienced a gentle longing to make the changes I want to make. I didn’t feel like the changes I want are impossible either, so there wasn’t guilt of not making his same choices. This book showed me a life filled with conviction with action for what’s right.
I want to stress that I was not propelled into activism through guilt and a burdensome urgency (the unconstructive kind), but I did absorb the sense that I do have power as I need it, when I need. That is a gift in itself.
Interestingly, I felt really good about the world while reading this book, even though it contained atrocious human acts against people of different colors based solely on the color of their skin. He frames life in a way it can be held fully.
What don’t I like about this book?
The only thing I can comment here is that it was very long. With my limited time to read, it did take quite awhile to finish this book. I had to put it down at times when I wanted to keep reading, but it was a wonderful read from start to finish.
Would I recommend this book?
Absolutely! Just like one of the reviews on the cover says, “Should be read by every person alive.” Boston Sunday Globe
Why do I recommend it?
I think everyone will benefit from this story that Nelson Mandela wrote about his long life separated from family by his values and priorities. He lived his life for the intent purpose to free an oppressed people. I’m not saying we’ll all make those sacrifices, nor might it be the best choice for our own lives. I am saying though that this book creates a sense of empowerment over one’s own world. Read this book if you want that.
Do I think it would be helpful for someone else? If so, how?
I believe it will be helpful for anyone who enjoys reading and who has a strong will and heart to connect deeper to humanity.
This is what else I want to share:
I am grateful that Nelson Mandela wrote this book, helped the people he helped, made the sacrifices he made, and kept his heart open to humanity. It’s exquisitely beautiful and an inspiring story for everyone.