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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Everyday Greatness by Stephen R. Covey...Review

About the book:
Inspiring stories and practical insights challenge readers to live a life of everyday greatness.

Best-selling author Stephen Covey and Reader's Digest have joined forces to produce an extraordinary volume of inspiration, insight, and motivation to live a life of character and contribution. The timeless principles and practical wisdom along with a "Go-Forward Plan" challenge readers to make three important choices every day:

  1. The Choice to Act - your energy
  2. The Choice of Purpose - your destination
  3. The Choice for Principles - the means for attaining your goals
Topics include:
  • Searching for Meaning
  • Taking Charge
  • Starting Within
  • Creating the Dream
  • Teaming with Others
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Blending the Pieces
With stories from some of the world's best known and loved writers, leaders, and celebrities, such as Maya Angelou, Jack Benny, and Henry David Thoreau, and insights and commentary from Stephen Covey, the Wrap Up and Reflections at the end of each chapter help create a project that can be used for group or personal study.

I love story collections and compilations. I enjoy picking up a book, reading a short story or two and coming away inspired to do better or be better.

Stephen R. Covey, along with Reader's Digest, has compiled a wonderful book full of moving stories. Everyday Greatness is a way of living, not something you do one time for fame and glory. We all have people we look up to because these individuals are simply good people with qualities we admire: hard work, respectful, dependable, kind, etc.

Stephen Covey says that there are 3 choices we make every day: The Choice to Act; The Choice of Purpose; and the The Choice for Principles. The stories in this collection are from people who have made these choices. With 7 sections that highlight a total of 21 values, there is something to inspire each and every one of us. Each value ends with a wrap-up summary and reflection and additional short quotes.

A wonderful addition to any library, this is an enjoyable book to have nearby so you can read a story or section and come away inspired and ready to try harder. Easily recommended.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.

Read 11/09

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4/5 Stars

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