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Book Review: Everyday Greatness, Insights and Commentary by Stephen R. Covey Compiled by David K. Hatch August 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — misslaurenn @ 6:35 pm


Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life

By Stephen R. Covey and David K. Hatch

I chose this book immediately from the title. Everyone can use some more ways to have a little more Greatness in their lives right?

It actually made me flash back to a book I got in middle school, 7 Habits Highly of Highly Efficient Teens By Sean Covey. Only moments later after getting the book of my shelf to realize the authors had the same last name. Intersting huh? Later realizing after i googled them both Stephen is Sean Coveys father.

But, while Stephen Covey gets author credit its actually a compilation of 63 different stories over time from Readers Digest and hundreds of quotes divided up in Seven Chapters in each chapter  they are futher divided up into three principles:

  • Searching for Meaning: Contribution; Charity; Attention
  • Taking Charge: Responsibility; Courage; Discipline
  • Starting Within: Integrity; Humility; Gratitude
  • Creating the Dream: Vision; Innovation; Quality
  • Teaming with Others: Respect; Empathy; Unity
  • Overcoming Adversity: Adaptability; Magnanimity; Perseverance
  • Blending the Pieces: Balance; Simplicity; Renewal

In the Introduction Stephen Covey introduces the three choices: the choice to act, the choice of purpose, and the choice for principle, this part alone grabbed me right away to keep reading.

I especially like that at the begining of each chapter their is a short but inspiring quote to start you off with. Stephen also at the end of every chapter gives a Wrap Up paragraph, (which help you think of how you can start gaining more Everyday Greatness) a reflections box, and a page of further inspirational quotes.

I really liked this book, it is a coffee table book. One you should pick up and read often, if not the whole thing just a few of the stories here and there. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone to read.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for the review copy of this book


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