The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to Be Miserable)  -     By: Scott Hamilton, Ken Baker
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The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to Be Miserable)

Thomas Nelson / 2008 / Hardcover

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Most of us remember Scott Hamilton as the 1984 Winter Olympics Gold-Medal men's figure skater. He's also a cancer survivor, and a Christian. In The Great Eight Hamilton outlines eight key principles that have helped him keep a positive attitude, and turn his failures into triumphs. You'll be inspired by his story and encouraged to practice Hamilton's "figure eight" in your own life.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0785228942
ISBN-13: 9780785228943
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Publisher's Description

Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Scott Hamilton shares his eight secrets to finding happiness in the face of a life filled with challenges, difficulties, and career-canceling odds.

With never-been-told, behind-the-scenes stories from the skating world, personal challenges including testicular cancer and a brain tumor, as well as divine miracles, Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Scott Hamilton shares the secrets to his lifelong journey to find the silver (and gold) lining in the clouds of life. His life principles, fashioned into eight secrets that begin with the rote of learning to skate the figure 8, are the keys. Scott says, "Skating taught me how to be happy. I have always kept these eight as my own private, personal secrets that I practiced daily with repetition, focus, and discipline. Now I want to share them with the world."

"For the past twenty seven years Scott Hamilton has been a mentor and good friend. I’ve seen first hand the struggles he has had to endure and how he has continued to persevere with a confident attitude. He lives his life as a champion. Everyone needs the positive message of this greatly inspiring book."
-- Kristi Yamaguchi
 Olympic Gold Medalist

"I know and love Scotty Hamilton. You will too after you read this book." 

--William Shatner

 "Scott Hamilton is a champion in more ways than one. In addition to being one the world’s greatest ice skaters, he has mastered adversity and a multitude of challenges. The Great Eight is an inspiration to us all."

--Donald J. Trump

"Scott’s outlook on life continues to influence me in a very positive way, encouraging me to look at challenges in a larger context.  Within the metaphors of his skating career, the wisdom in this book is not only very inspiring and easy to grasp, but surrounded by great story telling.  I’m so glad he recorded it for the rest of us."  

--Brad Paisley, Grammy Award-winning Artist

"It’s like my bud Scott says…"you can’t just skate through life and expect to be happy!" So anyone choosing not to buy this book is choosing not to be happy.  Shame on you."  

--Kevin Nealon
Actor, Comedian, Saturday Night Live Alum

 "A gold medal literary performance from a true Olympic star."

Richard D. Lamm, Governor of Colorado

"For twenty five years I have been a close friend and business advisor to Scott.  He is an inspiration to all who know him.  I cannot imagine anyone better suited to write on the topic of happiness than Scott Hamilton.  Through a lifetime of facing incredible odds he has learned the secrets to maintaining a positive attitude and can-do spirit.  Spend time in the pages of this book and you will walk away truly inspired."


Bob Kain
Former CEO, IMG
Current Vice Chairman, Cleveland Browns

"After a myriad of setbacks, Scott speaks eloquently about survival in the face of adversity. This book deserves a ’ten’ and a ’Personal Best’ too! Bravo!"

Dick Button, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Emmy Award-winning skating analyst

"In each successive chapter and challenge in his remarkable life-as Olympic champion, as cancer and brain-tumor survivor, as devoted husband and father and man of faith-Scott Hamilton has forged ahead with unquenchable spirit and uncommon joy, always emerging wiser than before.  This warm and insightful book will allow its readers to experience the blessing I’ve been privileged to enjoy in person: a delightful, practical, bracingly-honest conversation with one of our national treasures."

 Ken Durham, Ph.D., Senior Minister, The University Church of Christ at Pepperdine University

 

 

Author Bio

Scott Hamilton is the 1984 Winter Olympics Gold medal men's figure skater, four-time World Champion, and four-time United States Champion who went on to become a producer, performer, broadcaster, author, actor, and spokesperson for cancer research. But Scott is also a survivor and optimist extraordinare. He and his wife Tracie are blessed with two beautiful boys, Aidan and miracle Maxx.

Ken Baker, a brain tumor survivor, is a pop culture journalist and Executive News Director for E! He's also the author of three books, including two memoirs, Man Made and They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven.

About the Authors

Scott Hamilton is the 1984 Winter Olympics Gold medal men's figure skater, four-time World Champion, and four-time United States Champion who went on to become a producer, performer, broadcaster, author, actor and spokesperson for cancer research. But Scott is also a survivor and optimist extraordinare. He and his wife Tracie are blessed with two beautiful boys, Aidan and miracle Maxx.

Ken Baker is a pop culture journalist and the Executive News Director for E! as well as the author of several books including a memoir of his own life, Man Made and They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven.

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  1. IAmANobody
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A WONDERFUL READ!!!
    April 13, 2014
    IAmANobody
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Adopted at birth, Scott Hamilton lost both of his adopted parents at a young age. Then at the height of his success he lost his job, his career, and went through cancer twice. You would think Hamilton would have every reason to be angry at God and live his entire existence as a miserable person. But he's not miserable, and he's not angry at God. If anything, Scott Hamilton loves God, and lets the reader know in this book. A wonderful read!!!
  2. Craig
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 5, 2009
    Craig
    As a member of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program, I have once again had the opportunity to read a high-quality book by one of my favorite people. In this book, Scott Hamilton keys in on the eight practices he has used to be happy in life, on and off of the ice. Most would remember Scott as the Olympic ice skater, or the enthusiastic ice skating announcer on TV. But, most wouldn't remember any of the trials he has faced in life.In this book, Scott goes into detail about his battles with cancer, brain tumors, and disease, while still keeping front and foremost...happy. His upbeat and positive characteristics can do nothing but inspire a person to be more happy about whatever circumstances you may face. Scott uses one of the most well-known skating moves, the figure 8 (thus the title), as his focus on being happy. The eight chapters focus on different techniques you can use to keep yourself upbeat and your eyes on the prize. Scott's faith shows forth throughout the book and is sure to touch your heart.This book is a must-read and a hard book to set down once opened. I recommend it for everyone, especially if you are going through trials that seem to overwhelm you...great book!
  3. Jodi Whisenhunt
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    May 26, 2009
    Jodi Whisenhunt
    In The Great Eight, internationally renowned figure skater Scott Hamilton, with the assistance of Ken Baker, describes eight secrets that have helped him maintain faith and optimism from the highs of Olympic championship to the lows of cancer. Despite astounding success in his figure skating career, Scott struggled many years to apply his on-ice success principles to his personal life. Inspired by repetitive practice of the compulsory figure 8, Scott illustrates eight points that taught him to be responsible for his own happiness. The Great Eight inspires readers to follow these principles, to take charge of their circumstances and commit to goals, so they too may find lasting happiness.Scott does offer some sage advice. He reminds us that we will not find true happiness until we accept our God-given flaws. How we deal with our experiences defines our character. We can choose to let life smother us, or we can choose to let our experiences enhance our lives and provide opportunity for growth. Scotts strategy for happiness is valid and applicable, but the book itself is a bit redundant and doesnt flow chronologically.
  4. Lana
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    May 24, 2009
    Lana
    I'm a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger and chose this book for my first review. I love ice skating and have loved watching Scott Hamilton skate for years, so I was really excited to see that I could choose a book that he has written and was anxious to dig in and read!In the book, Scott tells of the challenges he faced as a child and and as an adult and how he has remained to be happy even though his circumstances haven't always been ideal. Though he was a very sickly child, Scott tells how ice skating helped him build his confidence and helped his health in a miraculous way. He learned discipline through his training partly by skating figure 8's over and over as this builds the foundational skills for ice skaters. The practicing of this technique is what he attributes to winning his Olympic gold metal as well as the basis for the title of his book.He also describes his challenges as an adult with being terminated from Ice Capades and getting cancer. Though he has faced several life-altering challenges, he has remained positive and describes 8 ways in which he maintains his superior attitude. He gives examples how he has applied these techniques throughout his own life as well as using examples from other skaters.Though I highly respect Scott Hamilton and all he has been through, I thought this book was a bit superficial. I believe the book seems to be marketed as a self-help book and I would NOT recommend it as such. I'm glad his strategies of remaining positive and smiling even though the circumstances may be difficult work for him, but it seems like he tends to gloss over and simplify many of the events as well as how he managed each of them. For me, what I thought would be an exciting book that I was really looking forward to, turned out to be a book in which I was disappointed and won't be recommending very often.
  5. Julieanne Miller
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 16, 2009
    Julieanne Miller
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Scott Hamilton's recently published book, The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable), (January 2009), is a light and entertaining read on Scott's own life...from nearly dying from a childhood illness to two bouts with cancer, plus the highs and lows of being a part of the international ice skating community. Youll read about Scotts struggles, his triumphs, and his wonderful laughs through different years of his life; youll read about the people who have made the most impact on him as a person, a skater, and a Christian. The Great Eight doesnt come across as a deeply profound theological work, but the issues that Scott addresses are deep and will touch your life. We all have struggles with who we are, how we fit into our community and society, and whether or not we will honor our Creator. As someone who has followed ice skating for years, since childhood, and has always enjoyed watching Scott Hamilton on the ice, I found this a curious peek into his life and how he has survived physical struggles, misconceptions about who he is as a person, and his more recent walk in faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. If you enjoy ice skating and have been curious about Scott Hamilton on and off the ice this will be a book youll enjoy reading. I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program at http://brb.thomasnelson.com
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