Book Review: LEE – A Life of Virtue

Did anyone out there ever hear the tale of the naming of our third and last son?  My husband thought that the name of a nice Southern civil war general would be delightful.  Someone like – Robert E. Lee, for example!  He was quite serious.  His family boasts the name of  Confederate General John Bell Hood (one of the last Confederate generals to surrender at the end of the Civil War) in their family tree.  My husband held Robert E. Lee in great admiration, not only for his great military tactical knowledge but also for his Christian values.  He thought that the whole name might be too much and too long.  He suggested that we shorten it slightly to “Robert Elee.”

I was game, but I felt that even though Robert E. Lee did seem to have lived an exemplary life, having this name could be a drawback to a young fellow in the future.  I researched the names of many Southern Generals and their backgrounds in hopes of finding a not-so-famous substitute name that would appeal to my dear husband.  In the end we settled on Greyson or Grey-son or Son of the Grey, with Samuel as a middle name.

Having just read the biography of General Lee by John Perry, I wondered if perhaps I had been a little too hasty in naming my last son.  The life of this famous Virginian is indeed worthy of many namesake children!  A quiet, godly man in action and word could not have been a better choice for any son to have received his good name.

I found Mr. Perry’s biography to be well written and concise.  It was a quick read, although I did get just a little bogged down in the chapters about military actions during the Civil War itself.  I learned quite a bit about the Lee family that I had not know before, even though I thought I knew quite a bit about the Civil War and Robert E. Lee from my baby name searching days and from my time teaching US History.

In general it seems the thrust of the book is to display the growing marks of Christian virtue in the life of Gen. Lee over the years of his life.  I regret that the author did not delve deeper into this actual conversion of Gen. Lee and dig a little deeper into proofs of his Christian beliefs, actions, and character.  Perhaps this is due to the brevity of the book.

Nonetheless I highly recommend the book and have to admit that on more than one occasion during my reading I was moved to tears, especially considering all that the Lee family as many Southern families suffered during and after the Great War.

Good book!  Get it!  I intend to make sure all my boys read it – especially Grey-Son!

I received this book for free from Booksneeze, a part of the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. Their gift in no way biased my personal opinion of this book.

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  1. I never knew exactly why you decided on Greyson. It sure works for him ,Greyson. The name of a general may have been heavy for him to carry.

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