A Reason to Believe
Lessons from an Improbable Life
Governor Deval Patrick
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“I’ve simply seen too much goodness in this country—and have come so far in my own journey—not to believe in those ideals, and my faith in the future is sometimes restored under the darkest clouds.” —Governor Deval Patrick
In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts, one of only two black governors elected in American history. But that was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began in a poor tenement on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this heartfelt and inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons of faith, perseverance, and friendship. In doing so, he reminds us of the power of community and the imperative of idealism. With humility, humor, and grace, he offers a road map for attaining happiness, empowerment, and success while also making an appeal for readers to cultivate those achievements in others, to feel a greater stake in this world, and to shape a life worth living.
Warm, nostalgic, and inspirational, A Reason to Believe is destined to become a timeless tribute to a uniquely American odyssey and a testament to what is possible in our lives and our communities if we are hopeful, generous, and resilient.
GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK is donating a portion of the proceeds from A REASON TO BELIEVE to A Better Chance, a national organization dedicated to opening the doors to greater educational opportunities for young people of color. To learn more, visit www.abetterchance.org.
From the Hardcover edition.
It's so great to see someone put into text the reality of every success story. It's those pivotal moments in our life history and our recognition of their impact that can make - or break - the most successful members of our society. If that bus driver had done what Patrick "expected," what direction might his life have taken? Although we still need to have the drive to make things happen, the Tipping Point will always be those individuals who enter (or leave) our lives at precisely the right moments. This book should be given to school children so they might better appreciate their background does not dictate their future and also that their actions truly can impact others.
I did know what to expect when I purchased this book. Governor Patrick had already won re-election, so what was he hoping to gain from this material? After reading his story, I realize that it may not a be for political gain as much as it is for us to hear his voice. His words are inspiring and aspirational,
I see a lot of myself in Governor Patrick and I hope to one day and tell him thank you for his drinking