Giant Killers: Overcoming Obstacles And Seizing Opportunities, by Steve Lawson
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/WestBow Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Perhaps the biggest surprise about this book is that I read it as a self-published one in the first place. As those brave souls who read my frequent book reviews can attest to, I read a lot of bad self-published books, and it is fair to ask why I continue to read so many self-published works despite the fact that so much of it is so dire . Part of the reason for it, at least, aside from the fact that I can read books pretty quickly on my Kindle reader, is that occasionally one gets obscure but excellent works that one has the chance to cheer on like this one. It is deeply mystifying that this book was even self-published in the first place, as its material about overcoming obstacles and learning from the example of other believers is something I read dozens of times per year in paperbooks sent to me by a variety of Christian publishers. That is not to say that this book is not unique, as it is filled with a quirky and sincere sense of the author as a person, but rather is to say that this book is part of a genre that has undeniable appeal to audiences looking to overcome the obstacles and seize opportunities in their lives, and this book has something worthwhile to add to that conversation.
In terms of its contents, this book is in the neighborhood of 200 pages with extensive endnotes and a fairly sizable bibliography, many quotations from other excellent books, and a solid command of the Bible regarding the subject of moral courage. The author’s level of knowledge can be demonstrated by the fact that he is not content to discuss David as a giant-killer, which is the obvious reference from the title, but that he also discusses in some detail other giant killers as well, showing not only a firm grasp of the obvious but a desire to dig deeper into the scriptures, which is an admirable and commendable quality for any writer. It is divided into several parts dealing with questions of identity, discipline, graciousness, action, and hope. The author applies these lessons to himself and draws upon the example of many notable contemporary believers as well as biblical figures. The book manages to strike a delicate balance between timeless understanding taken from the Bible and contemporary lessons from personality theory and notable books. The resulting material is likely to be of interest and encouragement to a wide variety of readers.
It is my hope that the author has done a good job marketing this book to potential readers and that this book has received some promotion aside from giving free copies of the work to bibliophiles like myself. At any rate, this book is lively, well-organized as well as deeply personal, and has encouraging material that should be of interest to a wide variety of readers. It takes subjects of personality and self-awareness as well as moral courage and the need for self-discipline that maintain the tension between the standard of holiness we are called to live according to and the undeserved grace that we have been extended by God and that we should extend to others through the course of our existence. This sort of book, as polished and well-researched as it is, is quite an unexpected find as a self-published work, and one hopes that it receives wider distribution in the near future as readers discover it and give it the praise it deserves.
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