Authors: Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine
Paperback: 122 pages
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.
Additional resources for this book are:
- TLC Book Tour page for Something Beyond Greatness -you’ll find information about the book and links to other reviews on the tour.
- Something Beyond Greatness blog – links to reviews, video clips of the two main people the authors interviewed, Humberto Maturana and Dadi Janki, as well as RL book tour info and testimonials of the book’s influence in real-life situations.
- Subscription page for the SBG monthly newsletter
- Something Beyond GreatnessFacebook page
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!
- To enter, leave a comment here letting me know you’d like to win a copy. This will count as your official entry.
- 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!
- Post this contest on your blog and leave the link here for an extra entry
- 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.
- 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)
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