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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
If you enjoy reading inspirational memoirs, Overcoming Through Faith, Prayer and Perseverance by Reverend Dr. Harris T. Travis is for you. Although written from the perspective of the Christian faith and the African American experience of the 1940s to the 1990s, this is a quintessentially American story that can inspire people of any faith, race, creed, national origin or age to view the daily challenges in life with hopefulness, positivity, humility, and gratitude. From his boyhood in economically and socially constrained surroundings to his impressive achievements in naval avionics, engineering education, military service, civic activism, and religious leadership, you cannot help but be inspired by Dr. Travis's determination, toughmindedness, and moral courage which are wonderfully balanced by his fairness, sense of humor, and devotion to family. A picture gallery, a list of truisms and words of wisdom, and a timeline that summarizes the many “firsts” of his life are included. An epilogue lists the people and organizations which influenced and assisted him along the way.
In Overcoming Through Faith, Prayer and Perseverance, Reverend Dr. Harris T. Travis gives us an autobiography that is both edifying and entertaining. The well-paced narrative flows through the chronology of his life and is utterly engaging. I didn’t want to put it down. My favorite chapter is short but impactful. Titled “Rejecting the Ku Klux Klan,” it gives the text of a brief speech Dr. Travis gave at an interfaith rally held in Cobb County, Georgia in 1984 to oppose a Ku Klux Klan march with a message of love, unity, brotherhood, and the breaking of social and religious barriers. That message is as timely today as it was then, and I wish it could be plastered on the front page or virtual equivalent of every news media in the country. This is the story of an inspirational life underpinned and strengthened by a deep and prayerful faith. Highly recommended.