In essence this is what Coyle seeks to answer. In our day talent is a sort of frustrating "catch all" phrase. Why are people good at certain activities? Talent. Why do some excel and others fail? Talent. What determines what I do with my life? Talent. Maybe you're like me and deep inside you never felt this answer was really right.
Does it seem right that the genetic lottery determines my whole life? If I'm good at something I will be rich and famous and if I'm not (have no talent) then I will be a meaningless plebeian with no purpose or mark on the world? I never accepted this reasoning and so reading this book was like fresh air for my thinking.
First off the author shows how many people who we would consider talent-less outperform others who have all of the talent. Second, he shows the process whereby this ability and skill is formed and how you can have it too.
As a teacher of guitar, as well as other things light bulbs were going off in my head as I read of how people around the world are turning normal people into major talents.
If you are a coach you will love this book, it has great example throughout much evidence and science to back up each careful conclusion and much to say about how to achieve skill at any kind of task.
The only drawback is the reader. Not the best, but the material so interesting you won't even notice.
Bottom Line: EVERYONE should listen to this book!
This book will change how you do church. But as stated in a previous review the points the authors make are based upon their survey data on the issues. They rarely if ever present points to prove their data. In paper form that would be fine. In audio form it is a little harder.
I kept wanting them to throw in some proof points to show WHY the data says what is says. Since I already agreed with the points of this book it didn't give me a lot of new information. However, one section that is very helpful are the real life examples.
For each point examples of a specific church are given to show what it looks like in action. But to me most people who read this book will already have their own thoughts on how churches will be successful. Will surveys alone convince them to change their minds on these issues? I think no.
Maybe you are a person who is new to church or a student looking to start to build your knowledge of church ministry and philosophy to me this is where the book shines. This would be an excellent book for a class on church growth or church philosophy where the ideas could be dissected and discussed. Do these ideas work? Yes, according to the data. But another Audible book I read about change, tells me data alone does mean change will happen.
I would also echo that the reader is very bad, almost hard to listen to. The content is life changing the performance is painstaking.
If you enjoy the old Sherlock Holmes stories at all you will find this book engaging and fascinating. As I understand it the author intended a very logical purpose; to put Sherlock Holmes on the case of one of the most notorious serial killers in history. Even more interesting this one was during the "Holmes" period making it even more believable.
Everything that you love about Sherlock you'll find in this book however, the author portrays some rather difficult material. First; how would this time period deal with a serial killer? Something the author portrays as foreign to the time.
Second; how would Holmes and Watson deal with such an evil man. Most of their suspects while evil are not on the level of a serial killer making this a unique story in the Holmes universe. Whether you enjoy this story or not will probably come down to how you feel the author handled this second question.
I finished the book feeling a bit frustrated, for one part Holmes seems to miss some obvious things, and for another part the emotions of the case for Holmes caught me off guard. He is not particularly known for being an emotional man, but maybe he would be if faced with such a killer? Either way I enjoyed the book even if I wasn't all too satisfied with the ending.
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