Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Great Eight

LibraryThing book review...
The Great Eight: How to be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable) by Scott Hamilton with Ken Baker

I, also, grew up watching Scott Hamilton skate and loving him. Scott has had lots of hard times, so I figure he probably has some good suggestions. His book begins with his health struggles as a little boy to surviving cancer, twice. In one chapter, he tells us when we fall to get up. I like this, it is pretty simple, but so true. He also calls hard times or problems as "God-scheduled opportunities." These are times for growth, learning, and living according to God's plan. We also need to make our losses, our wins. He tells us that life events don't define you; how your deal with them is what's important.

I definitely picked up some good, no-nonsense ideas about living life. The book is easy to read and enjoyable. It is rather repetitive and most of it is just common sense. He goes back and forth quite a bit. I think it would have been better if told chronologically.

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