Saturday, December 28, 2013

David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits,and the Art of Battling Giants

David and GoliathFrom the Publisher: We all know that underdogs can win–that’s what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms–all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?

We all have giants in our lives, problems and everyday situations that make us want to crawl under a rock and hide; or to run and scream.   But the fact remains, we must face our "giants", but how?

In the Bible, David had faith in God to face his giant, Goliath, and we too must have faith to face our giants.  Mr. Glad well teaches us through examples in his book, how every day ordinary people faced their giants;  may that have been armies, disabilities, sickness, misfortune, or even oppression.   Through these examples we can learn how to gain the faith and strength to deal with our own giants.

I  received this book free from the publisher . I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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