For most of us, there are two types or books. There are normal books, the type we see and buy from bookstores like MPH or Popular. And then there are Christian books, where we see in our church library or at the Christian bookstore. In our minds, these two groups book rarely converge, there is always a clear distinction on whether a book is ‘Christian’ or not.
But it shouldn’t always be this way. A good book is one that addresses real life issues or matters that interest the general public (whether Christian or not), but introduces Christian principles. They can be very subtle, or used outwardly in the context of the subject matter. In this way, it can be a good introduction to The Bible snd Christianity to those who are not exposed to it.
David & Goliath : Underdogs, Misfits and the Art Of Battling Giants
By Malcom Gladwell
305 pages, Allen Lane 2013
What’s this book about?
We all the Sunday School story of David and Goliath. A young boy slays the giant Goliath with a pebble sling. It was an improbable victory, against all odds, made possible by the power of the Lord. This book uses the David / Goliath analogy and applies it to every day life about how the average person, dubbed the ‘underdog’, can rise to the occasion and excel and succeed.
The book then goes on the explore further using different examples of people rising above expectations and defying odds, often in the face of persecution and disadvantage. Most of the stories are heartwarming, but more than that, the author reinforces them with some research and analysis on why and how these people succeeded when people expected them to fail.
What did we like about it?
This book isn’t written entirely from a Christian perspective, nor is it targeted specifically for Christians, but rather it is more of a secular self-improvement book that uses and builds from the Biblical story build his point. The writer does not explicitly mention God’s work in the David story or any other stories, but he does use Bible verses at the start of each chapter to enhance the readers’ understanding.
Even though this isn’t explicitly a Christian book, it fills a very important need of introducing Christian elements to a secular reader. The writer, Malcolm Gladwell, is a journalist who is a professed Christian. His five books published so far have sold more than 10 million copies.
Is it easy to read?
The book starts off a quite an easy read, but some chapters where he analyses his case studies can be rather difficult to follow if you are not expecting it. But overall, it can be read by a casual reader in less than day.
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