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Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography Paperback – June 11, 2009
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The biography ends in the year 1931, well before the advent of the Second World War. Schweitzer was only fifty-six years of age when he penned this work, well before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, living and working for another forty-four years. Curiously, when his publisher requested that he write an autobiography, he was hesitant, as he was more or less still in his prime. However, as he wrote to his publisher fourteen years later on his seventieth birthday, memory fades with age, and he believed that writing about himself at that stage of his life, he could put down those important memories that remained fresh in his mind.
Schweitzer is certainly an inspiration - a man of immense strength, physically, emotionally and spiritually, with an almost endless capacity for work. The man worked in the most difficult of circumstances. Practicing medicine in intense tropical heat, day after day, disease run rampant; constant worry over funds to purchase much needed medical supplies.Read more ›
George Marshall (see my review of Marshall's excellent biography: Schweitzer) once asked Dr. Schweitzer what professors would best provide him an education on Schweitzer's thoughts. He replied that Marshall should not go to professors but "read my books! No one can express the ideas of a man as well as he has expressed them himself.... read my books".
Bob Frost of "Biography Magazine" once wrote, "Albert Schweitzer is not exactly forgotten today, but his name won't crop up in daily conversation. Fifty years ago, though, people talked about Schweitzer all the time. An American magazine selected him, ahead of Albert Einstein, as the "world's greatest living nonpolitical person." He was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Fueled by idealism and burning spiritual passion, this medical missionary led one of the most intense lives of the 20th century."
Be apprized that "Out of my Life and Thoughts" is not an easy read. Dr. Schweitzer's theology and philosophy, though dense, is not incomprehensible. And due to the translation from French to English, you many find yourself reading a passage multiple times to get the gist his thoughts.
That said, for students of this great mind, this is a must read. Strongly recommended. 4.5 stars.
his childhood and early years of theological study,
his love of organs and Bach, his decision to enter missionary
work, the subsequent years of medical training, and his first 16 years of missionary work in Africa.
It covers his life up to 1930, when he was 55 years old.
A very readable book, this book is an excellent introduction to Dr. Schweitzer's life and ethics.
According to the preface, he considered it his most important book. In Schweitzer's usual modest
but not self-denigrating style, he describes how he came to believe in the important of service to
humanity. The reader is bound to be awed by the scope of Schweitzer's intellectual and
spiritual accomplishment, but reassured by the man's humble concern for others.
The only significant drawback of this book is that it ends fairly early in his missionary career. It is
left to others to complete his biography.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite phrase among Schweitzer's words is the following (See page 157 of this book.), which I applied to my children. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a book every well-educated person on the planet should have read. Schweitzer was the greatest person in the world in the first half of the 20th Century.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Insight into the mind of one of humanity's most human of thinkers!Published 9 months ago by La Biblioteca
This book was tough to read because it is soooo philosophical. He lived an amazing life and managed to making pretty boring. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sharidean Flint
I've shamelessly used this book to prove to teenagers that they are only using a very small percentage of their intellectual capabilities. I hope that they'll get the message... Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Celick
Timeless. I love this book so much I have worn out a previous copy with reading, re-reading, and underlining. I have tried to apply his timeless, secular philosophy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert Weekley