Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life
Dr. Covey believes that everyday greatness begins with doing good to others, being a sort of hero, yet we all can do more than what we are doing now and achieve greatness with it. He tells the reader to make three important choices each day: the choice to act, the choice of purpose, and the choice for principles. David K. Hatch gathered stories of greatness from decades of Readers Digest books to help illustrate Dr. Coveys principles of greatness.Together, these men have put together a great book that neatly lays out seven sections, each with three principles illustrated by one or more stories and/or anecdotes from Readers Digest along with comments and insights by Dr. Covey. The content of this book is easy to work with. A reader can read from first page to the last page or check the contents for the principle he/she feels the need to learn more about how to put into action. Explanations are clear and easy to understand. Stories and anecdotes are as interesting now as they were when first published, Im sure.I recommend this book to anyone who has ever thought, What am I living for? Why am I here? Complimentary copy of Everyday Greatness given to me by Thomas Nelson.
June 11, 2010
Everyday Greatness is a compilation of short stories and quotes that had been originally published by Readers Digest. Every Greatness not only includes the Readers Digest stories and quotes but also commentaries by Stephen R. Covey.The stories are broken down into various chapters and subchapters such as Courage, Respect, or Adaptability.Although you can read the book cover to cover, I have found it more enjoyable to either just open to a random page and read various stories or open to a topic that I might be interested in reading about at the time.I found the Readers Digest stories engaging, entertaining, and enlightening. The quotes were inspirational. However, in most cases, I didn't find Mr. Coveys comments to be particularly helpful to me. I almost felt that Mr. Covey was telling me how I should interpret the stories and apply them to my life rather than allowing me to do so for myself.I would have to rate the book in two different ways: first, I rate the Readers Digest stories and quotes a 4 out of 5 stars, second, I would rate Mr. Coveys comments 2.5 out of 5 stars.Overall I give this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
December 7, 2009
Everyday Greatness by Stephen R. CoveyEveryday Greatness is a treasure of life application insights and inspirations. David K. Hatch has compiled the collection of personal stories from Readers Digest, while Stephen Covey provides commentary. Each trait (such as responsibility, unity, and perseverance) is followed up with anectdotes, quotations, and thoughtful questions. As soon as I skimmed this book, I decided it was one of those books that I need to keep, revisit, and absorb. Later, as I read it, I thought about my pastor who could use this book for sermon illustrations. I also thought about my daughters school as they focus on character traits. From team-building businesses to personal improvement, this book has plenty for everyone. I read the stories, lingered over the quotations, and wanted to discuss the questions with others. I also wanted to take at least a year to go through the book. Although I usually read books from cover to cover, this is one of those books that allows you to hop around, digging into the traits you need to explore. My only disappointment was that it could have included more Christian elements. The Bible certainly speaks to the character traits presented. However, I understand that this book will be accessible to a variety of people who may have been put off by spiritual overtones.
September 20, 2009
Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life by Stephen R Covey is based around 63 true life stories that are to uplift, inspire, and bring forth passion within the reader. Using stories and quotes from various Reader's Digest articles over the years Covey adds his own commentary to them in order to shape the readers thinking toward "everyday greatness". Everyday greatness is based on three ideas, action, purpose and principles which are to transform ones life toward positive action.Initially the book was of some interest to me and promisd much after reading the introduction. However, after 50-100 pages in i could tell how the book was going to read from then on. It is packed with interesting stories and great tales and quotes that one might use if you were a teacher or public speaker. It is a very easy book to read and also makes you think wider than yourself.For me, this isn't the kind of book i would seek out to read. It is one of those 'positive thinking' type books which really grate. I'm unconvinced as to whether Covey achieved his goal of uplifting and inspiring the reader while also moving in them a passion to do better things in life. I can't say that i was greatly moved to enhance my life because of the stories i read. The best use for this book will be the stories and quotes for various speaking engagements and may come in handy as a bookend.I am a member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program at http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
August 4, 2009