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Mover Of Men and Mountains Paperback – June 1, 1967
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I was impressed with Mr. LeTourneau's honesty and humility about his own shortcomings, about the mistakes he made (and how he learned from them what NOT to do the next time), his ingenuity, his imagination and vision, and his willingness to live on very little in order to accomplish his goals. I was even more impressed with the way he kept his priorities in order, attended church regularly and took part in its leadership, included his wife as a valued partner in his life, and also his children as they grew older.
I would recommend this book to anyone; even my reluctant 13-year-old reader (a son) thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were times that I got bogged down in some of Mr. LeTourneau's descriptions of the machines he invented, but my son enjoyed it all. One of the things that really struck me about Mr. LeTourneau's life was that he was born just before the turn of the twentieth century, yet he was always on the cutting edge of technology -- a real innovator. Kudos to his memory!
Much of what he built and what he stands for is not politically correct today. He was an industrialist making big heavy equipment. He invented machines that tore down juggles, cut down mountains, drilled for oil in the gulf. But the fact is that the America we know today would not be possible without him. We would still be using mules and the backs of thousands of workers to build roads if he never lived. His Christain stance is legendary. His giving was beyond what most people think is possible. He proves that it is possible. I have since met two other men who claim to match R.G.'s giving level. Both very prosperous.
The line that I took from the book that I often quote when I am addressing people on success is, "America is the most prosperous nation because it is the most productive nation. If it ever ceases to be the most productive, it will cease to be the most prosperous."
If you are looking for other books that mention R.G LeTourneau, then I have found him in two success books that were written in the sixties. J. Paul Getty's "How to Rich" and there is a facinating first hand story of him in Napoleon Hill's "Master Key to Riches"
Also try Stanley Tam's "God Owns my Business"
This book is 290 pages short with 26 untitled chapters which cover most of Mr. LeTourneau's life. From his childhood and quiting school in the 7th grade to his struggles and almost bankruptcy, he does a great job at unfolding his life the way it happened. He tells of how his business grew during the depression and of the great success he had in creating machines to do a job that none had done before. He was laughed at by people who couldn't see the value in some of his gigantic creations which were ahead of their time. But he didn't allow other people's negativity stop him from accomplishing his goal of benefiting man by making him far more productive then he would have been otherwise.
He talks about his relationship with God and how he believed that God was with him to protect him and help him to succeed. LeTourneau lived his beliefs by helping others and starting a school called LeTourneau Collage. He had given 90% of his stock in his business to a foundation he started for the benefit of others. He is not overpowering with this but just lets his beliefs take a natural course through the book.
Overall I think anyone would really enjoy this book. It really was one of the more interesting biographies I have read. His life again proves that it doesn't matter what kind of education you have or where you are financially, the only thing that can stop you from fulfilling your dreams is yourself!
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one of most inspiring stories I ever read. Must have a copy of it in my libraryPublished 23 days ago by skl
There is SO much Godly wisdom besides the history and stories in there that you HAVE to get it. I read it in two days, not because it's an easy read, it is, but because of content... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin S. Cullis
Great book, loved his self depreciating humor and his message about God's abundant mercy and blessings to mankind.Published 3 months ago by JamesD
Great inspiring story if ingenuity and service to God. Great stories of innovation, patriotism, and Christianity at work.Published 4 months ago by Timothy E. Jewett
Tremendous book ! A great story concerning a great man who changed the world through his innovations.Published 4 months ago by Don