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Giant Killers: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities Paperback – December 1, 2014
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INDIE READER BOOK REVIEW
By Steve Lawson
IR Verdict: In a sea of books that offers guidance to leaders,especially in the Christian nonfiction segment, GIANT KILLERS provides a fresh,modern take on an ancient story.
"a Christian perspective on how emotional intelligence and mindfulness can lead to the strength people often need to face their giants"
Everyone has "giants" in their lives that need slaying--fears, worries, guilt, insecurity, etc.--but those giants can be overcome through self-awareness, combined with God's grace.
The Bible story of David and Goliath has long symbolized how people can overcome seemingly impossible situations to come out ahead. Former pastor and church planter, Steve Lawson uses this story as the pervasive foundation for his book, GIANT KILLERS: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES AND SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES. Lawson, now a leadership trainer, explains how the giants in peoples' lives hold them back from moving forward through daily issues, such as broken relationships, financial worries, addiction, and grief.Calling upon the work of authors such as Tom Rath (Strengths Finder 2.0)and John Ortberg (The Life You've Always Wanted),Lawson shares through personal experiences, other people's stories, and passages from the Bible how "key character qualities of identity, discipline,graciousness, action, and hope--when combined with the power of God's grace--will enable any leader to not only overcome any obstacle, but will prepare him or her to seize opportunities as well."
Lawson's non-confrontational, non-judgmental,conversational writing style and thoughtful use of scripture offers a Christian perspective on how emotional intelligence and mindfulness can lead to the strength people often need to face their giants and overcome the barriers between fear and triumph. Although the book was written for a Christian audience, the universality of the David and Goliath story and the real-life situations discussed in the book do not preclude non-Christians from gaining insight into the importance of self-awareness, empathy, and hope.
In a sea of books that offers guidance to leaders, especially in the Christian nonfiction segment, GIANT KILLERS provides a fresh, modern take on an ancient story.
IR received this book free from the author who paid for the review. The remuneration in no way affected IR's feedback on the work.
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A spiritual guide to overcoming life's seemingly outsized obstacles.
As the centerpiece of his nonfiction debut, longtime pastor and public speaker Lawson has chosen the biblical figure of King David, which is always a tricky gambit. Although David is one of the most courageous, charismatic figures in the Old Testament, it can also be argued that he's one of the most self-serving, so using him as a guide to life requires some careful picking and choosing. As this book's title indicates, Lawson opens his narrative with the signature story of young David's heroism defeating the Philistine champion Goliath in single combat. In Lawson's conception, Goliath stands in for all the seemingly unbeatable difficulties of life, and he stresses that such difficulties are not always external. They can take the shape of an "internal list" of "all those things that one has done, things that have been done to us, mistakes we have made,failures, frustrations, and weaknesses," he says, which combine to form"an impenetrable case for why we are unworthy to do anything for God."
The author's easily accessible progression of chapters features plenty of self-deprecating humor and pop-culture references, including nods to the movies The Blues Brothers (1980)and The Princess Bride (1987). He uses a series of stories from David's life to make his case that "giants come in all forms" and to stress that Christians should strive to make themselves ready for God's grace, which"restores, transforms, and honors," he says. He likens this inner readiness to the "life of training" that athletes embrace, and his book outlines steps to achieve it. Lawson refreshingly emphasizes introspection and critical self-evaluation as means of personal as well as interpersonal growth ("one of the great things about becoming more self-aware," he writes, "is that it helps you understand others"). Throughout his straightforwardly optimistic book, he asserts that the point of self-awareness is to "make room" for God's grace to enter one's heart.
A compact, upbeat manual for using Christian inspiration to solve problems.
Steve's candid story telling and humor throughout made me feel as though we were sitting face to face having a conversation as the words connected with me on each page. GiantKillers reminds us who we are, and the limitless opportunities available to us and the importance of our thoughts and actions toward ourselves and others. Lawson's writing is a call to action for those who are content to live each day on autopilot, or who've lost hope or passion in purpose.
Chris Hennessy - LeadershipCall, LLC
From the Back Cover
We all face giants in our lives--challenges and obstacles that intimidate us, limitour potential, and keep us from moving forward. It's easy to feel like David fighting Goliath. And that's good--because David won.
InGiant Killers, writer and consultant Steve Lawson applies the core concepts of emotional intelligence to David's story, showing how the young shepherd's personal qualities combined with God's grace to overcome all challenges--and how you can apply those same qualities to your own life.
Identity.Discipline. Graciousness. Action. Hope. These five important emotional skills establish how we perceive and express ourselves--and how willingly we seize the opportunities God provides. Who better to demonstrate these powerful traits than David, who slew his own giant?
Steve Lawson is an emotional intelligence consultant and former senior pastor of Grace Community Church in Greenville, Texas.
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Top customer reviews
I got off the plane, emotional and motivated. I was like Dr. Lawson took everything I was dealing with and broke it down shotgun style for me. Throughout reading it at that time, I was praying, and worshiping. It was exactly what I needed at that point in my life.
Today, I just finished the book. Like I said I am not an avid reader. And I believe that in someway God planned this, because the final part I read, was again. Exactly what I needed to hear, and learn. I did apply what Dr. Steve recommended in the earlier chapters 6 months ago, and I have made huge strides into taking down these giants. And I have taken out at least one.
This book has motivated me to, a) have a better, closer relationship with God. B) dig deep and find who I am, and listen to what God wants me to do with this life. C) encourage and lead people to Christ through the love and grace he has given us.
I highly recommend this book for anyone in any season of life you may be in. One of my favorite books.
" We have to stop thinking like the world and let God renew our minds. We need the eyes of our hearts enlightened so that we may know the hope He has called us to." -Dr. Steve Lawson, Giant Killers.
want to be a better person and have the motivation to do so after reading Giant Killers. I highly recommend this book for anyone ready to make some changes for the better in their lives. I received this book for a discounted price for my honest and unbiased review.
"It should go without saying that the first step in killing a giant is admitting that you are facing one. You can’t kill it if you are pretending it doesn’t exist. Too often we go from the extreme of fear and exaggeration to the extreme of denial. Either extreme will prevent us from facing, much less killing our giants."
I have found myself in this situation during circumstances in my life. Learning from David on how to be a Giant Killer is a very eye opening experience!
I received this book at a reduced rate for an honest and unbiased review.
The only thing that would improve this book is if it were available in an audio version so I could listen to it while driving!