OUR BIGGEST FAILURES IN LIFE – THOUGH PAINFUL AND SOMETHING WE WOULD NEVER WANT TO REPEAT – OFTEN END UP BEING THE BEST THINGS THAT EVER HAPPENED TO US.SO WHY DO WE KEEP FAILING AT FAILURE?
After not keeping score in Little League games, bailouts for businesses, and 'bad credit/no problem' financing schemes, a new reality is setting in. As the world wrestles with failure in our economy, in relationships, our homes, and more, author Devery Youngblood argues that failure helps us eliminate what does not work and gives us incentive to take the more challenging road of strength.
We learn, not from being rescued (though it is temporarily more pleasing), but from developing the tools to rescue ourselves.
Far from an inherent negative, failure is actually a needed feedback device that teaches us how to be successful. In this wise and honest book the author talks openly about failures of the famous as well as his own – from marriage to money, from turning around a city to facing life-and-death health choices. Far from disengaged theory, this is a look at failure from the inside, told in a refreshingly upbeat, positive manner that will take you on a journey through tears and laughter - from sadness to genuine hope.
What made the experience of listening to Successful Failure the most enjoyable?
The "real life" issue of failure being addressed as something to be expected and beneficial. Great narration by the author.
What other book might you compare Successful Failure to and why?
I don't know about comparing it to another book. I would say I read it after I read Tim Keller's "Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering." The two are alike in that they treat the issues of pain, suffering, and failure as life norms. That, as the Bible teaches, these issues are part of normal life to be expected. Also that when they happen they can actually enrich us for the life that goes on after they occur. They don't have to destroy us. What great, wonderful hope.
What about Devery Youngblood’s performance did you like?
Down to earth quality.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It caused me to both laugh and cry. It also reached in and reminded me of some wisdom stored away from the Bible and from my father. I knew some of these things, but when heartache occurs, (especially multiple heartaches in rapid succession) it's like they have to be re-learned on a new level.
Any additional comments?
Though Youngblood states this book is not a book about his faith, he does not hesitate to share that his faith is so important to him that it cannot be separated from his story. He does refer to it quite frequently, but he is not clear on exactly where he stands. Maybe that is by design.