Two Heroes: Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. Over this past summer I enjoyed reading through these two compelling biographies written by Candice Millard. Each volume deals with a unique and challenging part of life–Winston Churchill’s daring escape from a South African Boer prison in 1899, and Theodore Roselvelt’s treacherous journey down the Brazilian “River of Doubt” in 1914. Both men took immense risks and put their lives on the line to accomplish their goals. Each man suffered, but each one came through the experience having learned significant lessons about ambition, character, and resolve. As for me, I learned that difficult challenges are worth striving for–you may temporarily suffer in the doing of it, but the achievement of it is a lasting pleasure.
— Dr. Marcus J. Serven