On the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings, John Ashcroft raised his right hand and vowed, "I swear to unhold the laws of the United States of America, so help me God."
People who knew him intimately knew they could count on this.
And so will others as they read On My Honor, a book that reveals Ashcroft's personal beliefs on racism, abortion, capital punishment, our judicial system, his faith in God, and more.
These beliefs were not designed to answer his critics in the Senate. They are beliefs he has held for years, written when he still expected to serve a second term in the Senate.
Here is an opportunity to judge this extraordinary man from his own words and deeds. As Ashcroft says, "The verdict of history is inconsequential; the verdict of eternity is what counts."
On My Honor was previously published as Lessons From a Father to His Son, ISBN 07852-75401.
Ashcroft's book celebrates the simple, the quiet and the routine. Ashcroft, Republican senator from Missouri, shares several personal vignettes that reveal the many lessons he learned from his father, J. Robert Ashcroft. As Ashcroft tells his own story, from his failure in his first bid for Congress to his successful campaign for governor of Missouri, he reflects on the lessons he learned. One lesson is that, through the ups and downs of failures, we become better people; as we become better people, God calls us to bigger jobs. Ashcroft illustrates this lesson by describing his rise from state auditor to attorney general of Missouri. Another lesson he describes is that of delayed gratification, putting off something so that you can experience something even better in the future. Ashcroft holds up his relationship with his own father as a model for sons and fathers to emulate in America today.