I have mixed feelings about The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived; well, not the man…but the book about the man. First, a little about the book; written by Steven K. Scott, the best-selling author of The Richest Man Who Ever Lived and The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, it’s about Jesus and how his life on earth can be a model for ours to help us in overcoming adversity and/or limitations that challenge our ability to “live our lives with unparalleled success and unshakable happiness.”
Ok, so the book is well-written. It is also put together very well, following a very logical progression of alliterated points. There is no question in my mind that the points are practical, balanced, and beneficial for achieving the results promised by the author. I also believe that Jesus is the ultimate model for living life on this earth. Where are my mixed feelings?
As I have said, I agree with the principles and teaching exposited in the book, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived…I believe them and I try to model and live my life by them. I especially liked the “Whole Different Kind of Love” chapter. I also like very much that almost all the chapters ended with a list of action steps to help the reader with concrete starting points for making change in their life. What I did not care for, and I don’t mean this to be a criticism of the book (I really hope I have qualified myself enough by now), is the packaging. I’m left with a taste that the message of Christ’s gospel is being hawked as a self-help clinic; “How to be like Jesus in 6 easy steps!” I don’t want to imply that is the intent of the author, Scott, I’m just saying that’s the aftertaste I’m left with. I think the gospel is about much more than “earthly success” and “unshakeable happiness.” I think there is something to eternal joy in the face of and in spite of unspeakable grief and tragedy. I think there are millions of people that might put these principles into action and not achieve the tangible results of earthly success…success is not always measured by what we see in our immediate reality or future.
Bottom Line: It is a good book with solid principles and it is technically accurate. My personal opinion is that the book presents a commercialized message and borders on a “what’s in it for me” sales pitch. I’m left feeling a little disappointed.
In The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, Scott guides readers in a step-by-step application of the life-changing principles, skills, and methods that Jesus used throughout his earthly life. Although believers may spend a lifetime learning from Jesus’ teachings, it’s easy to overlook the powerful lessons demonstrated in His life. But when these incomparable lessons are learned and put to use, they enable ordinary people to achieve extraordinary success and happiness.
From Jesus’ earthly life readers will learn:
- How to break through the barriers that prevent them from achieving extraordinary success at work and relational success at home.
- How to experience a level of happiness and fulfillment that nothing the world offers can duplicate.
- How to use adversity and opposition as a springboard for greater success.
- How to love others in a way that increases their love as well.
No matter what a person’s area of expertise and in what setting a person influences others, living by the principles of Jesus’ life on earth produces extraordinary success, unprecedented achievements, personal fulfillment, and blessings for others.
Steven K. Scott is the best-selling author of The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, and Mentored by a Millionaire. After failing in nine jobs, he started reading a chapter of Proverbs every day-and the wisdom of Scripture changed his life. Scott and his business partners have built more than a dozen multimillion-dollar companies from scratch, achieving billions of dollars in sales. He is the co-founder of Max International, Total Gym Fitness, and The American Telecast Corporation. He is a popular international speaker on the subjects of personal and professional achievement and the application of biblical wisdom to every area of life.