Item description for Taking on Goliath: How to Unleash the David in All of Us by Rob Marshall...
The question that we need to answer is: How do we unleash the ?David? that is in all of us? What was it about David that enabled him to defeat Goliath? The answer is pretty simple. Jesus said, ?Have faith in God? (Mk. 11:22). As simple as that answer may seem, putting that statement into practice and living a life that exemplifies faith in God isn?t always as easy as it sounds.
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Studio: Morgan James Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Morgan James Publishing
ISBN 1933596597 ISBN13 9781933596594
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One of the Best! Nov 11, 2006
When that shepherd boy picked out five smooth stones from the creekbed 3,000 years ago, I know he had no idea his courage would be remembered and written about in our day.
When David unleashed one of those stones at his Goliath of a problem, he had no idea people in our day would study his actions and try to learn from his life.
When I picked up Taking on Goliath: How To Unleash The David in All Of Us, I had no idea how great a book this would be. But it wasn't long until I sat up and began to pay attention--and then began to use my yellow marker.
Rob Marshall writes, 'It takes a long time to be an overnight success.' To take on his giant, David had first taken on himself. He had worked on his character and proven dependable in everyday little actions--those very actions which make up a person's life.
'A vision or purpose for our lives...will help us say no to the things that would distract us from God's plan.' Knowing the direction we're headed means we also know all the directions we're not headed. We can avoid the multitude of interesting little sidetraps that eat up the time and waste the lives of unfocussed people.
The author quotes Howard Thurman, who wrote, 'Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.' Then Marshall goes on: 'What you're looking for are the dreams that resonate deep in your heart, the ones that scare you a little and that make you feel most alive.'
'Who we are and what's in our hearts control what we do and what we get in life.'
And this is all just from Chapter One: 'Clarity--Preparing Our Hearts.' There are nine more chapters, all just as powerful, from 'Confrontation--Handling Criticism' to 'Commitment--Making Decisions' to 'Courage--Facing Our Fears.' I congratulate the author on a book well done: well-written, practical and very motivating. No one who reads this book will be disappointed.
Running thru Goliath Oct 2, 2006
This is much more than a book using the theme of David and Goliath. It has incredible insight on confronting our obstacles and overcoming our challenges. I've made so many notes and underlined so many of the author's lines that the book will stay in my personal library as a reference and a guide. I need to be reminded, from time to time, that there are few actual impossibilities in life.
Regardless of your faith, you need this book!
How to motivate someone who has a fear of failure Sep 21, 2006
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (9/06)
Rob Marshall is a good Christian husband and father. He is not your typical motivationalist with an arm load of letters after his name. Over the years, Rob has held such non degreed positions as a dishwasher, office supply salesman, and software engineer.
"Taking on Goliath" is an uncommon approach to an age old problem - how to motivate someone who has a fear of failure. Mr. Marshall tackles this problem with some unusual motivational tools - quotes from the Bible. On almost every page, Rob makes references to passages in the Bible; specifically those that deal with the story of David and Goliath. He explains how putting our faith in God can make all the difference in the world - allowing Him to take the burden off our shoulders and point us in the right direction. "Taking on Goliath" explains the reasons we can not do it alone and how God is there to help.
Mr. Marshall covers topics like `Learning to be Faithful', where he discusses how we handle the everyday problems as well as others that come up. In the chapter `Handling Criticism', he touches on how we all want to fit in and not be singled out. `Learning to Trust' was a great chapter on the whole scheme of things. The book emphasizes that God has a master plan for us all and is there to help us every step of the way by giving us little preparatory missions that will aid us in the attainment of our goals. `Facing Our Fears' and many more well written chapters take the reader deeper into the David and Goliath comparison.
"Taking on Goliath" is for the faithful. It is a very Christian book which explains how God is there for us in our daily struggles. When Rob uses the David and Goliath passages from the Bible, he is doing more than comparing the acts of David. He not only compares, but actually analyzes the actions of God and how He showed David the way - much as He will show us if we want Him to.
I found "Taking on Goliath" to be a very thought provoking, 183 page motivator for my own views of life and what I want out of it. The author used a very straight forward writing style with many examples and good verses along the way. I found the book to be an easy read and very understandable. "Taking on Goliath" gets my high rating of an A; it will not appeal to everyone. But for the believers who buy it; it will open their eyes to the help that God can give.
Unleashing the Power to Defeat Our Personal Goliaths Sep 9, 2006
Rob Marshall draws from personal experiences and from the life of David in this book of inspiration, practical tips, and sound advice. Taking lessons from the life of David, we learn about the characteristics of faith. We can begin to look for those same characteristics in our own lives as we face today's Goliaths.
Marshall puts it this way: "By learning what faith looks like, we will be able to examine our own faith in concrete ways. We will become aware of which characteristics are strong in our lives and which ones need work."
These lessons help the reader establish goals and life dreams. In a natural progression from preparation to celebration, Marshall provides action steps at the end of each chapter to help you pursue your goals and dreams.
Through examples drawn from business to politics Rob addresses the struggles common to all of us. These real life illustrations challenge the way we look at our faith and our abundance.
Marshall is consistent in his premise. Throughout our lives we face our own Goliaths. There will always be battles that test our faith. David's victory over Goliath reminds us that no matter where we find ourselves in life and no matter what limitations we think we have, nothing can stop us when God is with us. God is the one who is mapping our lives and perfecting our faith. "Taking on Goliath" provides practical steps to unleash the David in all of us.
I found Rob Marshall's writing refreshing, and challenging. I am looking forward to the next book in this "Faith-Full Life" series.