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Posted November 21, 2009
Not too shabby...
I received this book through the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program. It attracted my attention as I usually like reading books about being a person of greatness. I assumed that I would find his writing uplifting and informative.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Everyday Greatness is living each day with character and contribution. It is a way of life not a one time five minutes of glory that the media loves to exploit. The author writes, "It speaks more about people's motives than about their talents; more about small simple deeds than about grandiose accomplishments. It is humble."
What I like about his book is I can read it in tiny pieces - small stories that inspired you to think beyond yourself. It's not to overwhelming, at all.
My disappointment is that the book isn't written by Covey though his name is splashed all over the front cover. Looking close it reads: Insights and commentary by Stephen Covey, compiled by David K. Hatch. The book is still packed with wisdom but I feel the reader - me for example - was mislead.
He invites the readers to ask ourselves: To what ends or purpose are your daily choices leading? Is your life in harmony with timeless universal principles? What are you contributing on daily basis? Each section contains thought provoking questions and great collection of quotes.
How does this book feed my spirit? Reading how others rise above their day to day struggles inspires me to try once again to be who God calls me to be. The world can really beat us up sometimes and this book gives the encouragement and hope to keep on and when we go through life, it truly is better together.
Posted August 11, 2009
Everyday Greatness--Rather Mediocre
Everyday Greatness is an inspiring volume of short stories from both recognizable celebrities and leaders and ordinary, everyday people. Honestly, I was expecting something different with Stephen Covey's name on it, but if understood as it is, a compilation, it is indeed an enjoyable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I appreciated the organization of the book into virtues that, if truly lived out, lead to everyday greatness. It makes it easy when wrestling with a particular subject to go back and receive inspiration. The wrap-up and reflections at the end of each chapter make for a nice way to re-articulate the principles in the story. These lend themselves to further contemplation and practical application in one's own life. However, I personally didn't find Covey's intermittent commentary particularly edifying to the book or the points made by the stories.
While I wouldn't choose to read the entire book cover-to-cover again, it would be a great night-stand or coffee table book to read on occasion. Filled with quotes and palatable examples of putting the illustrated principles into practice, it would also serve well as a sermon or teaching supplement. If read as a whole, it can get a little fluffy and superficial. I believe a book of this kind would be best digested in small bites, where you can savor the message.
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Posted August 9, 2009
Not Spiritual, but very inspirational
Stephen R. Covey presents a great treatise of what it means to be a person of Everyday Greatness in his book by that title. In this book he, along with Readers Digest, collected a plethora of stories from people throughout recent history regarding the three choices Covey states are essential to be people of Everyday Greatness: The Choice to Act, The Choice of Purpose, and The Choice for Principles. I found most of the stories insightful and beneficial.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I did take exception to the idea Covey discusses in his overview that all people have the ability to do good, if they just follow the principles in his book. This is simply not true from a believer's point of view. The Bible suggests to us that no one is able to do good on his own, certainly not consistently, and that it is the Holy Spirit who works good through us as believers. Yet Covey seems to suggest that all persons have this capacity.
If you desire inspiration, you will find it in the stories in this book from the likes of Alex Haley and Maya Angelo, and commentary by Covey. I'm not saying that you shouldn't read the book, only that you must understand that the context is not necessarily spiritual.
Posted February 13, 2010
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Posted June 1, 2012
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