Sunday, August 9, 2009

The book Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life wasn’t written by Stephen R. Covey, but he does provide the introduction and some commentary throughout. The book is a wonderful collection of inspirational stories and quotes which were originally published in Reader’s Digest magazine. The articles are collected into categories such as Searching for Meaning, Taking Charge and Overcoming Adversity. Each category is then further divided into topics such as Respect, Empathy, Courage and Integrity. There is a short introduction to each piece, followed by comments at the end to further reinforce the lesson being taught. Reflections follow at the end of each piece, encouraging the reader to examine his or her own life to find ways to contribute. Some of the stories are extremely touching and sad, while others are uplifting. All the stories and insights are extremely inspirational.Many celebrities contributed pieces about their own struggles in life and how they overcame them. An Afterward section at the end of the book has suggestions for putting the principles outlined in the book into practice.Overall, this book is moving, encouraging, and uplifting.It encourages you to go out and make the world a better place!

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