I enjoy folks who recommend their favorite books for me to read. Usually, there is something about the recommendation they know will resonate with me. On a recent trip to Florida, to visit my parents, my traveling companion and I stopped at New Smyrna Beach to visit our friend, Bob. Bob’s an interesting man with a passion for Man of La Mancha’s Don Quiote which is evidenced by the extensive wall art and gorgeous Lladró collection displayed in his perfect beach condo.
The book he recommended to me, took me by surprise and I was prepared to be slightly bored while reading it. He was so sure I’d enjoy it that he ordered me my own copy of Lincoln on Law, Leadership and Life from Amazon Prime so I’d be able to read it on the flight home.
Penned by Jonathon W. White, a pre-law professor at Christopher Newport College in our hometown of Tidewater, Virginia, Lincoln on Law Leadership and Life, should be required reading for every man, woman, and child … and lawyer. I relearned, that one should never judge a book by its cover!
I thoroughly enjoyed this short, quick read. Lincoln’s success as a politician was rooted in his experience as a lawyer. Based on stories recalled from colleagues and acquaintances as well as from his personal writings, “Honest Abe” is truly more than just a nickname for this esteemed man of wisdom, integrity and character.
Lincoln’s advice for lawyers is relevant for people who work outside the legal profession. He believed that the highest duty of a lawyer and a man was to first be a peacemaker in the community. He believed in compromise between parties and often refused to represent those who were proven liars.
This little gem was a necessary gift to me especially in today’s political and litigious climate. After reading this book I couldn’t help but think that we are so far from whence we began in this country – and in many ways, that is a great thing. Yet, sadly, in so many others it is not.
If we all step back, live honestly and do honest work with the intent of being peacemakers in our community, good will surely happen.
By Nadine Paniccia, VP of Sales and Marketing at VSA Resorts