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His Truth Is Marching On

John Lewis and the Power of Hope
Narrated by: JD Jackson, Jon Meacham
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An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime US congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America

John Lewis, who at age 25 marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." From an early age, Lewis learned that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family’s chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it - his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis' commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God - and an unshakable belief in the power of hope.

Meacham calls Lewis "as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century." A believer in the injunction that one should love one's neighbor as oneself, Lewis was arguably a saint in our time, risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful. In many ways he brought a still-evolving nation closer to realizing its ideals, and his story offers inspiration and illumination for Americans today who are working for social and political change.

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  • Jane
  • 30-08-2020

Absolutely remarkable!

Jon Meacham has brought us the very best of John Lewis! At first I was disappointed that Meacham wasn’t the narrator, but Jackson is masterful with a voice that sounds like Lewis, the Kennedys and Johnson. This is a must read in our troubled time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-2020

A glimpse into an astonishing life

I have the three-volume graphic memoir by John Lewis, but this book fleshes out that story in ways that perhaps Rep. Lewis was too modest to do. The biography goes into great detail about John Lewis' faith in ways that might be off-putting to people who aren't in his faith tradition (and some might quibble with the characterization of John Lewis as a modern saint), but it really gives insight into where he got his moral strength and values. The stories of the arrests, the beatings and yes, the torture that he endured in the 1950s and 1960s are harrowing. It only made me admire him all the more. The biography ends with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. John Lewis' political career, which is kind of an anticlimax, is summed up in an epilogue and Representative Lewis gets the last word. The narration is slow, thoughtful, and perfect for this book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about John Lewis, or who thought that they already knew what he accomplished when he was still a very young man.

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  • Renae Hesselink
  • 18-09-2020

Thank You Senator John Lewis

The media maybe over the past years shared much of John Lewis' story however not to this detail. Thank you Jon Meacham for giving us the deep insight into these important years and his legacy. Thank you for reminding us that things have changed in the past 50 years. I'm sorry that the past 4 years seem to have taken us backwards. Rest in peach Senator Lewis, we will keep your vision moving forward - promise. We will "speak out for those who have been left out and left behind.................... that is how the movement will go on"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-2020

A Must Read - We stand on his shoulders!!

Excellent!! This books takes you on a journey through some of John Lewis's experiences in great detail. My heart hurt for his pain and suffering, yet his resilience and perseverance provided great insight into the FAITH of this great man. Outstanding content, writing style, and narration of this audiobook!!

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  • Will
  • 31-08-2020

Incredible, moving and inspiring

John’s story is incredible! To be a constant part of history and to live to tell it blows my mind. I was moved by John’s love for mankind in the face of deep hate and the threat of losing his life. I’m inspired to continue to see mankind through the love of God and be a part of the solution that brings peace, reconciliation and redemption.

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  • Chuck B.
  • 27-09-2020

An Outstanding Portrait of a Transformative Leader

A fantastic assessment of the life and guiding philosophy of John Lewis, especially the impact of his Christian faith on his mission. Meacham again shows why he is one of the best historians and writers today. The narration by JD Jackson was perfect in every sense.

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  • Peptobiz
  • 18-09-2020

John Lewis

Loved it. I learned so much through this brilliantly written accounting of John Lewis' passion, perseverence, humility, and honesty. I cried many times as I witnessed the cruelty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2020

Timely for our moment in history.

The author captures the strong religious foundation that shaped events of a time not too long ago.

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  • KO
  • 13-09-2020

Beautiful book

This book is a must. I recommend it most highly as well as Meacham’s The Soul of America. Like his subject, In these days Jon Meacham is an American treasure.

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  • Bashie
  • 06-09-2020

A moving story about a moving man

John lewis was a man we all can look up to during these difficult times. His message of love and being steadfast in your commitments to the greater good is needed now more than ever. JD Jackson’s moving and grounding reading brings John Lewis to life .

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