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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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