- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (January 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785228942
- ISBN-13: 978-0785228943
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to be Miserable) Hardcover – January 6, 2009
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Scott Hamilton with Ken Baker tells us how to be happy in his book, The Great Eight, How to Be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable).He gives eight secrets to finding happiness. As a figure skater Scott had to learn to do on ice, what is called figure eights. He took the discipline he learned from perfecting figure eights and applied it to every aspect of his life. The eight principles he shares in this book are the lessons he lives by.
In this splendid book, Scott Hamilton shares stories from his own journey as a celebrity, Christian, husband, and cancer patient to illustrate the principles that have shaped his life. He challenges readers to take charge of their circumstances, commit to a goal, and go for the gold medal of happiness. Scott doesn't approach difficulties with a Pollyanna attitude. Instead he looks at life realistically and gives eight principles for living a happy life.
As a Senior Minister for forty-seven years I found chapter two, Trust Your Almighty Coach, the most interesting and helpful. In this chapter Scott talks about how faith in God will give meaning to your life and help you live the best life you possibly can.
This is a book you will read and share with others. However, you will have to buy another copy for your friends. You will not be able to part with yours. It will be a reference book for life.
It was a great narration on Scott Hamilton's life and beliefs... but it was a pretty dull read.
When contrast presented itself, the pain was drawn out while the victories are snapshots. In this book pain is like a 2 hour long movie compared to victory which is only a fleeting glimpse at photo.
An example of this is in one heading in the book called "A slippery Start". It begins with a miserably cold day and ends with the statement about experiencing a lifetime's worth of physical trauma.
These surround a brief moment of "tentative skating".
I would hope the focus on negativity, is meant to contrast the power of Scott's personal philosophies but I just didn't enjoy reading it.
It is almost like everything begins by focusing on the pain then a moment of elation is added at the end.
I would much more have preferred hearing about the power of the victories first so the pain could be a nice way to illustrate the power and meaning of the victories... in this case you start with a lot of bad and get a sprinkle of good.
A lot of god with a dash of bad to illustrate the point would have kept me more excited.
The beginning of Chapter 5 is a great example: Three paragraphs explaining a bad situation and only 1 single sentence on how to deal with it. And, even then he offers no results that demonstrate the way to deal with it will actually work. Or even an explanation of how it might work.
Then when he does offer more it is droning on about the same DOGMA that you hear everywhere.Read more ›
Twenty-five years ago Scott Hamilton won the Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating. Despite some mistakes on the televised, choreographed program, Hamilton took the top prize because he had scored so well on the prescribed technical routine. His specialty? The mandatory figure eights, which require precision, balance, stamina --- and endless practice. "Everything I've learned about how to find happiness stems from what I learned through the repetition and discipline of perfecting my figure eights."
Jumping off from that theme of "eights," Hamilton lays out eight principles for finding happiness that have served him well, despite professional setbacks, a battle with testicular cancer and, later, the trauma of a benign brain tumor. Each chapter, connected to some aspect of his sport/profession, outlines a self-help book that is so personal it also might be categorized as a memoir.
Hamilton's slow-start --- sickly --- childhood is covered in chapter 1: "Fall, Get Up, and Land Your First Jumps." Here he introduces the happiness found not just in winning but in "process.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a breath of cool rink air. Scott's use of skating lingo pertaining to everyday situations of getting through tough times was wonderful. Worth readingPublished 23 months ago by Cindy Goalder
Book seemed kind of preach-y. It's ok for a quick read but not a whole lot of substance. Good for background info on his upbringing and life.Published on June 2, 2014 by Celia Werker
Wonderful book. Very encouraging. This book really encouraged me in my daily walk. So thankful for great men like Scott Hamilton to be so transparent and open about his mistakes... Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Valdownunder
The story is really good, though I wish it had been more organized. Scott is an amazing person! It made me smile and I still do every time I see him.Published on March 22, 2014 by S. Riman