Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Mark of a Giant: 7 People Who Changed the World {Deseret Book Review}

Throughout the course of history, civilization has been blessed by strong-minded men and women who have impacted our world in extraordinary ways. Their imprint upon humanity is beyond dispute. And many would contend that they were no less than the result of Divine Providence—a gift of God to the human race. Who are these individuals? What is it about these few that make them different? Were they merely in the right place at the right time? Or were they somehow chosen? The Mark of a Giant examines the lives and contributions of seven men and women who changed the world: Abraham of Ur, Pericles, the Apostle Paul, Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa.
Deseret Book offered me the chance to review The Mark of a Giant: 7 People Who Change the World by Ted Stewart.  (This is the same fellow who wrote the popular book The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World.)  In this book Ted Steward takes the lives of 7 people:    Father Abraham, Pericles, the Apostle Paul, Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa.  These strong minded men and women are the ones Stewart refers to "giants" people who have made contributions to society that left it altered in some way.  He takes a close look at each person and demonstrated how they changed the course of history.  Of course the list is way too short, it is nearly impossible to just narrow down just 7 people but this list is inspiring.  Stewart examines the character traits that each shares that marked them as giants by showing how human history was changed by their actions.  He first tells you what the world was like when that person was born then shares how the world was changed because he or she was in it.  His hope is that by sharing these stories others will be inspired to "make their mark upon the world."

I really enjoyed this book!  It is an inspiring read that left me interested to hear more.  I wonder if there will be a "7 more people who changed the world" book?   ;)
 
If you are interested in purchasing your own copy it can currently be found on DeseretBook.com in hardcover for $25.19, or as a Deseret Bookshelf eBook for $13.99.   You can also buy the Bookshelf/Hardback combo for $30.18.  (Prices subject to change without notice).

Disclaimer:  Thanks so much to Deseret Book for providing me with a copy of this book for review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.

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