“Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times” by Richard V. Battle

Richard V. Battle
Outskirts Press (2019)
ISBN 9781977215512
Reviewed by Rachel Dehning for Reader Views (1/2020)

“Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times” by Richard V. Battle is a self-help book with aspects of common sense and religion mixed in. Wishing to help his audience, as well as his dedicated lady, his daughter, in their lives, Battle writes personal stories from his life in a bite-sized format to help reinforce different areas of “common sense” to be realized in your own life.

Broken up into four sections, his stories pertain to lessons from his parents, his daughter, personal experiences, and his observations on life. Lessons to help people live a better life personally and how they contribute to society, lessons applying to social media and even loyalty to those around you and your country are just snippets of what you can expect. Battle tells it like it is, or for some, how it should be. Some people may think his thoughts and advice are old-fashioned, but what’s more old-fashioned than the “common sense” values on which our country was founded? This being his sixth published book, everything he has to say in “Conquering Life’s Course” is applicable to today’s way of life and well worth the read. Quotes and life lessons from notable people, both from older times and more recent, give us a quick history lesson while we learn how to better our lives for the present and future. 

Call me old-fashioned, but I agree with everything Battle says in each of his retellings of life lessons. With how much the world is evolving in our modern society, I believe there are ways of living and parenting that should still be done like “back in the day,” because, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One of my favorite stories pertains to peer pressure, and the question he leaves for his readers to ponder being, “isn’t it interesting that we live in a country that celebrates individual freedom, yet we are often scorned by others if we exercise our liberty and don’t follow the crowd?” With bullying and all of the different social movements around the world today, it’s certainly true that if you aren’t working with the group in charge then you’re against them, and then there’s little hope for you.

Battle is able to provide his readers with a plethora of knowledge from his many experiences, and I find it fascinating that he has so much to pull from in his life. I was shocked at the advice he gave because it was all such common knowledge, yet not always things you think about on a daily basis. Personally, I felt that it was very important that Battle included many examples about his faith, and he did it so respectfully that it can be read by anyone in any stage of their faith walk. The book also encompassed many sound factual, intelligent, and normal ideas, instead of pushy and judgmental like many people claim Christians to be.

“Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times” by Richard V. Battle overall was easy to get through—it helps when his words flow smoothly across the pages, and they say all of the right things. Highly recommended!

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