Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: 05/05/2009
Stephen R. Covey presents a great treatise of what it means to be a person of Everyday Greatness in his book by that title. In this book he, along with Readers Digest, collected a plethora of stories from people throughout recent history regarding the three choices Covey states are essential to be people of Everyday Greatness: The Choice to Act, The Choice of Purpose, and The Choice for Principles. I found most of the stories insightful and beneficial.
I did take exception to the idea Covey discusses in his overview that all people have the ability to do good, if they just follow the principles in his book. This is simply not true from a believer's point of view. The Bible suggests to us that no one is able to do good on his own, certainly not consistently, and that it is the Holy Spirit who works good through us as believers. Yet Covey seems to suggest that all persons have this capacity.
If you desire inspiration, you will find it in the stories in this book from the likes of Alex Haley and Maya Angelo, and commentary by Covey. I'm not saying that you shouldn't read the book, only that you must understand that the context is not necessarily spiritual.