Something Beyond Greatness by Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine

SBG coverTitle:  Something Beyond Greatness:  Conversations With a Man of Science and a Woman of God

Authors:  Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine

Paperback:  122 pages

ISBN:  9780757307812

Pull up a chair and prepare to be inspired as the Something Beyond Greatness TLC Book Tour pulls in for a stop In the Shadow of Mt. TBR 🙂

First off, I have to say that when I first read about this book, I was expecting something different.  I had understood it to be a book of tales of heroism in the face of danger, stories of people who stood up for what’s right without thought for the consequences, stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ghandi and everyday people.  While it did have a few stories in it, it was more a book about the recipe for such people.

[Great acts have] three elements: (1)seeing with love, (2) acting from the heart, and (3) the mystery of destiny -right place, right time. –page 20

At first, I didn’t think this book was much.  At times it was difficult for me to retain what was being said, which may have to do with the fact it’s been hot and I had walked to the library in the heat to read it there.  But the crazy thing about it is that the info pops out and says boo! now as I’m watching the news, movies, or reading.  There’s this little voice in the back of my mind that analyzes events I encounter through what I’ve read.  AND the whole time reading it, every heroic act I’ve seen or heard or done popped up for application or proof of what I was reading.

The person who will step into greatness must see the others with love, compassion, and concern.  He or she will have a sense of “mine” towards them.  Then he or she must be able to sense or see the way through to help.  Third, this person must have the will to step out and do it.  Usually, this will is recalled by the person afterwards as more of a compulsion, “I just did what anyone else would do.”

Every human being writes a small page in history; every human being -irrespective of how big or how small- writes a small page.  That is real human history. –page 19

My first impulse was to give this book three stars, but after watching it ooze and stew and bubble, I’m thinking it’s much more effective than I first thought and I’m going to give Something Beyond Greatnessby Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine 4 out of 5 stars.

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And now, because I think this book is very much a worthwhile read… and, because I somehow got a second book 🙂 … We’re gonna have  a giveaway for a new copy!

This giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm, Saturday July 4th, 2009 with the winner to be announced on next week’s Sunday Salon post (July 5th).  Contest is open worldwide 😀 , as long as you’ve got an address for me to slap on the packaging, you’re welcome to enter!

  1. To enter, leave a comment here letting me know you’d like to win a copy.  This will count as your official entry.
  2. Each day this coming week I will be posting something pertaining to the book, one day will be about stories you’ve heard that inspired you, inspirational movies, acts of greatness you yourself have done or witnessed, etc.  When you comment on the daily posts, you’ll earn a bonus entry!
  3. Post this contest on your blog and leave the link here for an extra entry
  4. Tweet about it, make sure to use @koolaidmom so it’ll show up on my TweetDeck, or leave the link of your update, for an aditional bonus entry.
  5. If you do all the above, commenting everyday, blogging it and tweeting, that’ll be 8 entries and I’ll add 2 more as a bonus, giving you 10 chances to win 🙂 (This post is technically a Monday post for June 29th)

Good Luck!

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10 Responses

  1. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  2. Dear Koolaid Mom,

    We are delighted that our book worked its way into your mind and heart. It is one thing to have a book hit you right away, but quite another to have it slowly steal your heart. We have no doubt that you have all of the qualities we were searching for in our journey to understand greatness. They are innate in all of us, but only emerge when we look at the other with a sense of belonging. We both liked the way you presented this book to those in your universe.

    Thank you for the good work you do,

    Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine

  3. Can I be pedantic and say that your spelling for Ghandi should be Gandhi (If you mean the same Mahatma Gandhi). I’m sorry but I can’t help it, I’ve seen many people from the states use this spelling, no idea why. He being the father of our nation and all, I just thought I should mention it, I remember commenting about this on random blogs too 🙂 Sorry about that.

    I like reading stories based on real life. Sounds like a good book, what better than a book growing on you 🙂

    And yes, 122 pages is really short, a quick read. Not bad 🙂

  4. Okie dokie! I want to win, please!
    !!!

  5. I’d love to win a copy!

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  7. […] 30, 2009 in Uncategorized In the Shadow of Mt. TBR has posted a lovely review of Something Beyond Greatness in which she […]

  8. I would be interested in winning this book 🙂

    Thanks for the contest!

    journey through books @ gmail dot com

  9. Thanks again! Just seen that I won! How fun! Appreciate the giveaway! 🙂

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