BOOK REVIEW: “Make Your Bed” by Admiral William McRaven

You may have seen the video on social media of Admiral William H. McRaven’s commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. It’s often called the “Make Your Bed” speech.

In it, Admiral McRaven shares ten lessons he learned while training to be a Navy SEAL.

The speech was well received during the commencement and immediately became popular for its simple, practical advice.

Admiral McRaven has since expanded on his original speech and published it as Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World. 

With more in-depth stories and background for each lesson, this book adds to the practicalness of the speech and allows the reader to gain a great understanding of the meaning and application of each lesson.

This book is full of little adjustments each one of us can make to alter the course and potential of our lives. And in doing so, we might make a difference in the world.

I highly recommend this book. Its advice is well worth the short amount of time needed to read it.

I do think the list price is high for the length of the book. But there are ways to avoid paying full price such as renting it from the local library or downloading it on the Overdrive app. Both of these options are free.

(To learn more about the Overdrive app, check out my article 7 Ways for Busy People to Read More)

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Matthew Brown

Matthew A. Brown is a law student at the University of Akron School of Law. He has a passion for religious liberty and constitutional law. His desire is to see the nation strengthened through strong Christian churches, Christian families, and Christian individuals. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MattBrown1575 or read his full bio.

Books by Matthew Brown

Religious Freedom in America

Religious Freedom in America
(click the link for a preview)

Religiosity in American Politics

Religiosity in American Politics
(click the link for a preview)

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