Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving
young man, Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness. His immense talent
and fortitude propelled him to a place as one of Europe's most renowned
philosophers, theologians, and musicians in the early twentieth century. Yet
Schweitzer shocked his contemporaries by forsaking worldly success and
embarking on an epic journey into the wilds
of French Equatorial Africa, vowing to serve as a lifelong physician to "the
least of these" in a mysterious land rife with famine, sickness, and superstition.
Enduring hardship, conflict, and
personal struggles, he and his beloved wife, Hélène, became
German prisoners of war during WWI, and Hélène later battled persistent illnesses.
Ken Gire's page-turning,
novelesque narrative sheds new light on Schweitzer's faith-in-action ethic and
his commitment to honor God by celebrating the sacredness of all life.
The legacy of this 1952 Nobel
Prize honoree endures in the thriving African hospital community that began in
a humble chicken coop, in the millions who have drawn inspiration from his
example, and in the challenge that emanates from his life story into our day.
Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness-and he achieved it by
making his life his greatest sermon to a world in desperate need of hope and