Clarence Thomas’ book, My Grandfather’s Son was a recommendation from a friend who is a history buff. I am glad that I took the time to read this memoir though, at first, I wasn’t sure it would hold my interest. But Clarence Thomas portrayed himself as the genuine man that he is today. He writes his story with sincerity, honesty and integrity. It was as though Clarence had come to my house for a visit and sat in my living room telling me all about himself. After reading his book, I wrote him a letter thanking him for the encouragement his book gave to me.
Thomas had his years of rebellion, but eventually returned to the foundational values, virtues and faith his grandfather taught him. When President George Bush nominated him to the Supreme Court Justice, Thomas experienced trial by fire and came out victorious.
This book renewed my hope in the people who serve in high places.
The second memoir I recommend is, Where the Light Fell, by Philip Yancey. Though I’ve read some of his previous books, this was the first one of his that captured my full attention. Yancey’s childhood was immersed in religious ways. His father died when Philip was only one year of age. Philip’s mother vowed to raise him and his brother in such a way that they would take up the torch, becoming missionaries in Africa, which was extinguished when her husband died.
This vow did more to separate the family than to bring them together in harmony. But Philip did not allow the tension or the hypocrisy to lead him astray. Instead, it lead to grace, forgiveness and faith.