BOOK REVIEW

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A fellow brain tumor survivor said to Scott Hamilton, Gold Medal Olympian and Hall of Fame figure skater, “Scott you have every reason to be miserable, but you’re the happiest guy I’ve ever met. What’s your secret?”


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.

5 comments:

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi Clif,
I have been a fan of figure skating for many years and Scot Hamilton has always been one of my all time favorite skaters. This book sounds like one I would like to read. Thanks for the review.

~Jean

Ruthie said...

I've always admired Scott Hamilton. I would certainly like to read his book. Thanks for sharing about it.

bp said...

Wow this does sound like a good one. I enjoyed your review. I'm still working on the Psalms book.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Sounds like a good one! I have a friend who has just been diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor. Would this be a good book to give her, she's in her 60s.

Katherine

Clif said...

I'm sorry to be so long in answering your question about the book. I'm not sure this would be a good book for your friend. It will be most helpful first of all to those who are interested in figure skating or already know something about Scott. It will benefit younger people the most. Now, this is not to say it would not be good for your friend. I just do not know. Some books I can recommend without any reservations. This is a good book and if your friend is open to advice from somebody who has endured a lot--she will like it.