It seemed a lopsided battle. On one side, a small shepherd with a sling and five stones. On the other, a heavily armored ten-foot giant whose taunts and challenges immobilized an army of seasoned warriors.
The story of David and Goliath has become an almost universal underdog story; but in reality, Goliath never stood a chance.
In Giant Killers, emotional intelligence speaker, consultant, and author Steve Lawson identifies the five vital emotional and social skills David possessed: identity, discipline, graciousness, action, and hope. When combined with the power of God’s grace, these strengths made it possible for David to defeat Goliath, build a mighty army out of social rejects, and establish the greatest kingdom in the history of Israel.
Identity. Discipline. Graciousness. Action. Hope. These five important emotional skills establish how we perceive and express ourselves—and how willingly we seize the opportunities God provides. Who better to demonstrate these powerful traits than David, who slew his own giant?
We all face giants in our lives—challenges and obstacles that intimidate us, limit our potential, and keep us from moving forward. It’s easy to feel like David fighting Goliath. And that’s good—because David won. Like David, we can overcome any challenge, seizing with confidence the opportunities God places in our path. Giant Killers teaches you how to do so, providing a foundation on which you can build success after success. It all begins with you—and your willingness to trust in God’s grace.
MY THOUGHTS: When reading non-fiction books based on Bible stories, readers can often expect to hear things repeated from author to author. Such is the case with David & Goliath. In fact, I taught that story in Sunday School for so many years that I could probably retell it in my sleep! Regardless, it seems that when authors wish to write about giants of any kind, this is the story they choose.
While Goliath may be the literal giant, it would be refreshing if authors would research a little harder to seek out some figurative giants, too. I was disappointed with most of this book, including its title. ‘Giant Killers’ has been used frequently. If given the opportunity, I’d have encouraged the author to pick something that would’ve stood out more to the consumer.
I appreciate the author’s intent to encourage his fellow Christians. However, aside from some personal tidbits, the majority of the book came across as stale. Truly, there was ‘nothing new under the sun’ as Ecclesiastes tells us. Even new Christians will find these principles a little too familiar. In a world overcome with giants of every shape & size, surely there is something that other authors haven’t covered countless times before?
Christian authors should be supported & applauded for their Kingdom efforts. I hate writing negative reviews for them. But, when one makes a decision to write with integrity, then she must ‘tell it like it is’. I personally give it a 3 stars ( it would have been less if not for it’s Spiritually uplifting subject matter.) As always, try for yourself & draw your own conclusion. We can agree to disagree, but I was disappointed.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
A former small-business owner and church planter, Steve Lawson recently stepped down as the senior pastor of Grace Community Church in Greenville, Texas, to focus on his writing, speaking, and leadership training activities.
He holds a doctor of strategic leadership degree from Regent University, a master of divinity degree from The King’s University, an MBA from Amberton University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas.
Lawson owns Leadership Transformation Inc., providing emotional intelligence training and consulting to organizations of all sizes. More information on his consulting services is available at www.leadershiptransformation.net. An avid blogger and writer, Lawson is available for speaking engagements in churches, seminars, and conferences. You can contact him at www.stevelawson.us.
He and his wife, Karen, live in Greenville, Texas. They are the parents of three grown daughters.