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Posted October 21, 2009
Everyday Greatness by Stephen Covey - a book review
My first impression? 'A new book by Stephen Covey! Having owned three of his previous works, I was eager to see what additional wisdom he had to impart. Upon scanning it however, I was a bit disappointed to realize that Stephen only gave commentaries, and that the book was actually a compilation of articles from Reader's Digest. So. was I tricked? Sure looked that way - still, the adage 'Don't judge a book by it's cover' came to mind, so. read on I went.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm glad I did!
Stephen does give his readers three specific challenges to do everyday to help them become people of 'transition' i.e. someone transitioning from a challenging situation -and focusing on positive efforts, rather than wallowing in self-pity. These three challenges to Everyday Greatness are:
. The Choice to Act - your energy
. The Choice of Purpose - your destination
. The Choice for Principles - the means for attaining your goals
He then uses selected Reader's Digest stories to expound Everyday Greatness into seven categories with three principles each.
As an avid Reader's Digest reader back then, this book felt like coming back to a pleasant place I've not been to for quite some time. What Stephen did with these chosen stories, was to give examples of these principles in action - proving to us that 'Everyday Greatness' is not a lofty, near-impossible goal. Others (some famous; some not so) were able to achieve these. So can we.
I recommend this book - read it, reflect on its principles. then be a person of transition.
Posted September 9, 2009
As a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ I had the opportunity to review Stephen R. Covey's compendium of moral inspirational stories, Everyday Greatness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Covey's book is like a textbook in morals. Moral values are categorized and explicitly described via real life stories which serve as examples or case studies. Morals are grouped together in sections. Each section begins with a brief introduction- the style is reminiscent to the learning goals which can be found in an elementary text book prior to each new unit. For each moral topic, there is a short summary in an easy to digest format called the "Wrap Up" and "Reflections" at the end of each chapter. Also included are relevant quotations from a colorful assortment of literary, political and religious figures.
While not explicitly biblical, the humanistic moral values within the pages are not offensive and are compatible with Christianity nonetheless. The book draws upon the worldly wisdom of philosophers and other assorted well known figures ranging from Nietzsche, Tom Hanks, Ghandi and Mother Theresa to John McCain and George Bush.
Perhaps this book is most useful as a starting point to introduce non religious readers and non Christians to basic moral values.
This book is not to be used explicitly as a Christian resource but rather as a generic, secular resource for anyone wishing to strive for a moral life. This book is a good instruction manual on general moral values and good citizenship. It is clear that this ambitious piece of work represents a lot of research and hard work on the part of Stephen R. Covey. The books weakness in promoting the Christian faith and biblical values serves as a great strength as well as it is an effective resource to draw the interest of a secular audience. Nevertheless as a Christian, I would have liked to see more biblical quotes and biblical wisdom along side the secular quotes and secular wisdom.
Posted August 27, 2009
Everyday Greatness is Great
This is the kind of book you might not want to read from start to finish. It's great for picking up when you have a little time here or there since you can jump in at any point and get something out of the book. The book itself claims that it could be a good resource for speakers, teachers, preachers, who need inspiring stories. That is true.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I admit, I teared up quite a few times while reading the different stories presented in this book. The book is divided into clear and well-organized categories about all the aspects of life that are important if you want to live an extraordinary life. That doesn't mean being a hero or well-known by thousands. The book emphasizes living your best life while being a good influence on the people around you who you come into contact with. Each section contains about 3 stories related to the topic, and several pages of quotes. The sections are introduced and "Wrapped up" by Stephen Covey. His comments are fine, and sometimes caused deeper reflection in me, but they weren't my favorite part of the book. I liked the collection of stories.
This book would make a nice gift for high school or college graduates, or public speakers. Anyone who enjoy motivational stories would enjoy looking through it as well.
Posted August 9, 2009
I have always liked short stories that make you feel good after you read them and this is what Stephen Covey and David Hatch have done with this book with the help of one of the best magazine to date the Readers Digest. I got this book for the Thomas Nelson Book Review program. (brb.thomasnelson.com).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There are three Choice each day that we need to make:
1. The Choice to act
2. The Choice of Purpose
3. The Choice of Principles.
The great thing about this book is that you can read it from cover to cover or you can find a subject that you feel you need in your life and you can start there. I really like this book and it is fill with great stories, quotes and ideas that really hit at the heart strings.
Posted August 7, 2009
"I must strip my vines of all useless foliage and concentrate on what is truth, justice, and charity." -Pope John XXIIIWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Reader's Digest Everyday Greatness is full of timeless truths that can relate and apply to all areas and aspects of life of life. The stories and quotes found within the pages of this book are filled with wisdom and encouragement for any and all who are seeking to live a better life. Whether you are wealthy and seeking to become a better businessman or you are an average, everyday Joe Everyday Greatness can help you on your journey. This book is for you.
Found within the pages and chapters of Everyday Greatness are stories of triumph, glory, joy, peace, struggle, temptation, trials, and perseverance. The authors of these stories are people that we see everyday in the world around us. This book contains truths to help you with many areas of life including areas like searching for meaning, starting within, respect, unity, integrity, charity, and overcoming adversity. If you are searching to achieve everyday greatness this book could help you. I give this book a four star rating!
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy" -The Cockle Bur
Posted August 7, 2009
I was pleased to get a copy of Everyday Greatness, which is a collection of stories from Reader's Digest about people who display character and make contributions, with insights and commentary from Stephen R. Covey. The book has 7 categories containing 3 principles which can guide our choices in life. The stories under each one show times when someone was faced with a time of choice, what decision they made, and what the outcome was for the person and for others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Stephen Covey's introduction and postscript to each story, plus the quotes between each chapter are well done. They aren't too long or preachy, but just simple and direct, raising questions if you want to think about how the principle applies to your own life. This book can be used for self-study or just read for the inspiring stories of regular people who did good things.
Posted August 6, 2009
Everyday Greatness by Stephen Covey
I just got done reading Everday Greatness by Stephen Covey, and overall I enjoyed it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a book that demands to be read over multiple sittings. Compiled of stories from Reader's Digest, you will discover the inspirational lessons from celebrities, writers, politicians, actors and more.
Each chapter gives you three stories from three different people followed by quotes that fit within the theme.
The themes range from finding meaning in your life, taking charge, following your dreams, overcoming hardship and much much more.
The first story had me dreading reading the rest. Not because I didn't enjoy it, but because it was almost a tear jerker. I wasn't ready to read sad story after sad story. Luckily most of the stories are positive and not ending with a death.
One thing that I really enjoyed about the book is that between each chapter there are a list of quotes by famouse people that relate to the theme of the chapter. And if you've every looked around this blog, you know I love quotes!
I like to learn the backgrounds of famous people and in this you can discover things about people like Chuck Norris as a grocery bagger and Mrs. Ford as a drug addict are just a few of the tid-bits you'll uncover as you learn a little bit about yourself on the way.
Posted July 30, 2009
Short Stories Echoing Stephen Covey's Voice
I have read almost everything that Stephen Covey has written, so when I saw this newest title - Everyday Greatness - with his name on it, I was really looking forward to it. I know the classic rule is "Never judge a book by its cover," but I admit I broke this rule!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I saw "Stephen Covey" on the cover I was prepared for his typical thought-provoking insights. Instead what I got in Everyday Greatness was anecdotal support of Covey's profound teachings from other authors. I was pleasantly surprised by this.
The premise of this book is similar to Covey's other books; namely, you have the power to make the choices that will make your life more effective, more fulfilling, and more beneficial to those around you. Everyday Greatness reinforces this message by letting you hear Covey's thoughts through the stories of "everyday people."
The book is divided up into seven categories that everyday people live each day -
. Searching for meaning
. Taking charge
. Starting within
. Creating the dream
. Teaming with others
. Overcoming adversity
. Blending the pieces
Each of these seven categories is supported by three principles, and each of these principles are illustrated by three short stories and a few pages of noteworthy quotes. So in essence Everyday Greatness presents Covey's thoughts in 63 short stories and several pages memorable quotes.
Stories are so much more effective at driving a point home than is a lecture, and these stories are the perfect length for anyone. This is a book I'll keep handy on my shelf so I can return to these stories time and time again. An excellent read!
I am a Thomas Nelson book review blogger (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/).
Posted July 29, 2009
Everyday Greatness, a compilation of inspirational stories pulled from the archives of Reader's Digest, is a moving and often educating read presenting real life stories of character driven choices in life. Whether you choose to read this book in installments or whether you choose to read through, you will certainly gain insights into areas of your life that can benefit from these vignettes. To reach Everyday Greatness we are challenged with three important choices that we must make daily. The first is the Choice to Act and this requires a commitment of your energy. Secondly, we are presented with the Choice of Purpose - will we allow our destiny to be fulfilled by the actions of our first choice? And lastly, we have the Choice for Principles, a choice that provides for us the means for attaining our goals.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Organized into 21 categories with a forward by Stephen R. Covey, this book proves to be good medicine for repairing our attitudes. Faced with the concerns of our daily lives, and the stress that often accompanies our routines, we all need added encouragement from time to time to lift us up from the cares and doldrums. Each of us possesses the potential to improve in almost all areas of our lives. Application of the learnings that can be gleaned from this book will provide a process map that will facilitate the transformation of potential to performance!
Posted November 24, 2010
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Posted July 21, 2011
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