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The Divine Center Hardcover – June, 1982

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Dr. Stephen R. Covey is co-founder/vice-chairman of Franklin-Covey Company. An internationally respected consultant, family expert, and teacher, he is perhaps best known as the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than 13 million copies in 36 languages throughout the world. He has served as a mission president (in Ireland), as a regional representative, and on several general Church committees. He and his wife, Sandra, have nine children and live in Utah. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Bookcraft Pubs; First Edition edition (June 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884944719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884944713
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to know what are the results of reading and applying what is in this book to your life, read on...

The Divine Center is the unalloyed gold that is presented in diluted, yet still powerful form in Covey's fabulously successful "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and in his less widely-known, "Principle Centered Leadership"Principle-Centered Leadership.

My wife and I were given this book shortly after we were married. We read it and have applied it as consistently as we can. That was more than 31 years and five children ago and we are still together and still going strong.

One result of reading this book is that I decided that when I retire from my job, I want to go home to the the only wife I have ever had and my children. I did that.

I didn't make my job the center of my life. Good thing too. It would have made for a rough ride. I went through layoffs, downsizing, and mergers galore. But instead of being beaten, I thrived and have gone on to teach others how to do the same in my own book: Fire Yourself: Get The Job You Want A No BS Guide. That probably wouldn't have happened without understanding where I need to be centered.

I didn't make my family the center of my life. Good thing on that front too. Children go through lots of ups and downs before they hit their own stride.
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I see a lot of people say Covey is wrong for brining the gospel in his books etc.
Trying to tell people about the 7 habits when he's rally using another language conveying biblical principles.
They can think and judge what they will.

I disagree with their negativity around the issue.

This is an incredible, incredible book! I just finished reading it last night. What I love about Stephen Covey is that he is deep rooted in Biblical studies - well over ten years before the 7 habits came out
- then Boom! 7 habits gets super successful. This book contains all of the 7 habits.
Parts of this book are actually in the 7 habits and Principle centered leadership.
It just goes to show that the same principles are relevant here - in the early 80s when this book was published - 89 when 7 habits came out - and 2008!

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the 7 habits. I'm happy he discusses Christ centeredness. Again his religion is his business, and he states that the 7 habits are shown in all 6 major religions. I'm really excited and happy about this book. Incredible read!
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Yes, this book will change you. Was it written for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - undoubtedly. However, it's not a church book. It's not doctrine - well, unless you don't consider the first of the ten commandments doctrine.
This is a powerful and life changing book. If you liked Seven-Habits of Highly Effective People, you'll love this book. If you're happy with who you are - then don't read it. But if you want to keep learning and growing, to establish the correct "center" in your life, then there's nothing better in print - save the scriptures.
KC
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Those familiar with Stephen Covey's book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People will enjoy reading what is to all intents and purposes a book written in the context of Dr Covey's religion, and with greater emphasis on that aspect of his life. There is a deeper description of the 'centres' concept from the Seven Habits, but as far as I can see this book, written nearly a decade before the bestseller, contains many of the experiences, stories and other examples later made clear to a wider audience. For that reason alone it is interesting to see what foundation exists that led to the phenomenon that is 'The Seven Habits'.

In essence, I would say this - for those of you who have a spiritual 'bent' in the Christian faith (regardless of the particular religion you observe, given that this book makes references to the Latter Day Saints), this book would be an excellent buy, as it would be for those who have studied Dr Covey's works in great depth, as I have. For those with no spiritual motive it may be worth reading just for curiosity's sake.
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A positive and uplifting "how to" in making your life a Christ-Centered one. Written by
Stephen Covey whose talents include teaching aspects of life as well as business makes
this a wonderful directory for developing and maintaining the happiness that having a
Divine Center in your life can give you.
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Steve Covey is world famous as a motivator. He is an LDS speaker who speaks and writes for mormons and non-mormons alike. This book is one of his best. He teaches you in this book the how and why you can make Christ the center of your universe. If you do not want to become a better person than you should not buy this book.
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