I spotted this book at the Text Book Centre a few days after Joe Biden’s swearing in ceremony as the 46 th president of the USA. Having never read any of His Excellency’s books before, I decided to get myself a copy and learn from his life story as well as get a few pointers on his story on dealing with loss and moving on with life, how apt!
The book is written in an easy to read first narrator style with Joe as the first narrator. It has both warm and emotional moments as he captures the fading away of his first born son Beau Biden’s life. We feel the determination that Beau has to live and fight for his life despite the devastating effects of a brain tumour medically known as a glioblastoma. One cannot help but notice the strong family spirit of the Biden family clan that huddles together handholding Beau until the end- in his last few years on earth.
This is particularly touching considering that several decades earlier Joe had lost his wife and infant daughter in a grisly road accident at Christmastime. Perhaps as it is said, “The good Lord can never give us more than we can bear.”
Apart from dealing with loss the book also showcases Joe Biden’s enduring and patriotic nature as he goes on to execute his duties flawlessly despite the emotional turmoil that he is undergoing brought about by his son’s illness. Through this we also catch a glimpse of the different initiatives that he was in charge of as President Barrack Obama’s second in command and a taste of the U.S.A’s foreign policy.
My book review is a snap shot of the top ten lessons that stood out for me from this treasure of a book that I would highly recommend to anyone whose loved one is faced with a life threatening condition, one threatened with imminent loss or one dealing with loss. Because despite all, life must go on.
At the end of the read one feels like they have made a new friend on first name basis as Joe lets us into his private thoughts with a handful of intimate personal diaries entries made through this challenging time in his life. Care to share what you have read this year? What are some of the learnings that you have gained?