Sunday, May 5, 2013
BOOK REVIEW: Isaiah Washington's A Man from Another Land
Isaiah Washington has come to the attention of the world because of his skills and talent as an actor, but his work as a humanitarian and a good citizen are seen front and center in A MAN FROM ANOTHER LAND. This book caught me by surprise in a few ways, mainly because of all of the things he could be doing with his time, something within Isaiah made him want to look into where his lineage began, which took him to Sierra Leone and the Mende people. His journey didn't stop there, however. He also want to see what he could do to help a people that are sometimes forgotten in the worldwide dialogue about disparities and where the most work can be done.
The lessons we can glean from Isaiah are many. First there is the example of just wanting to know who you are, where you are front and what it took for you to reach the levels that you have in life. There is also the issue of doing all you can in the space that you are. Sure you might not be able to do the things that Isaiah was able to to help the people of Sierra Leone, but we are all in a position to make a difference however we can in our own way.
Finally there is the importance of realizing how no matter where we live there is much more that unites us than divides us. If we are able to do like Isaiah and pay attention to the lessons that others can teach us through their own dedication and desire to persevere, then we will be in a better position to evoke real change in the world around us.
Thoughtful and written from a place of real reflection, A MAN FROM ANOTHER LAND shows us how to connect, encourage and inspire.
Cyrus Webb is a top Amazon.com reviewer. A MAN FROM ANOTHER LAND is available through online retailers and can be order wherever books are sold.