Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton, a review

I didn't know what to expect from this book but I accepted it to review as I always enjoyed watching Scott Hamilton skate.

It turned out to be a very interesting and motivating story of how Scott has grown as a person and a Christian through the adversity he has had to deal with starting in childhood. The subtitle is: How to Be Happy (even though you have every reason to be miserable). I think that says a lot about the book!

It is easy enough for older kids who are good readers but will inspire those who are older and feel their life is behind him. Scott encourages us to never give up, no matter what the circumstances. I read it through in two sittings.

There are many who would enjoy this book... those going through chronic illness of any kind but especially cancer, parents who are raising children with a chronic illness, anyone who loves to watch figure skating and would love to read "behind the scenes" stories, and generally readers who enjoy a good biography that inspires one to keep going when the road gets rough.

Highly recommended in these difficult days.


Vee said...

Oh I'm glad to read this as I, too, have always like Scott Hamilton. He seems to be a genuinely joyful person.

scrappy quilter said...

I happened to turn on Oprah one day and he was on the show. I was so impressed with his humility and his Christian faith. He wasn't the least bit ashamed of it and shared it openly. It was a wonderful show. I'll definitely see if I can get this book from the library.

Sue said...

Thanks for the "heads up" on this book. I always loved Scotty Hamilton...AND figure skating!!!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

This sounds like a neat positive book. I think my granddaughter would enjoy reading it. She loves watching ice skating and loves to read. Thanks for the review. I love and I mean love hearing about books others have read. It takes so much time and energy and if you buy the book...money all on a gamble that you will like it. I'm glad someone has you reviewing books. Sounds cool.

freetobeme - Anita said...

Hmmmm, I'll have to see if I can find it.