The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People Summary
Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published in 1989, and since then, it has sold over 25 million copies. It is insightful, well organized, and effectively written. From the opening paragraph to the final appendix, Covey strikes a cord in the reader as he seeks to help them grow, change, and become more effective in human responsibility through what he calls The Seven Habits.
This change according to the author must be internal, and each of his habits is based upon the inner transformation of the individual, each one building upon the previous, making them easy to grasp and simple to understand.
The first habit, or being proactive, is the ability to control one’s environment, rather than have …show more content…
The seventh habit is one that is often talked about in the church, but too often it never moves to action. The reason, according to the author, is that each of these areas demands attention because they are all interconnected. When one area is unhealthy, the individual is unhealthy, and this is what the reviewer needed to read. He has allowed his physical health to wane thinking that it didn’t have a large impact on the rest of his life, but the way in which the author showed the correlation made it hard to make excuses.
Points of Disagreement
Early in the book, this reviewer was wondering if he would find anything in which he would disagree with the author. Deep within every person is a desire to change because we know life isn’t exactly right, and he seemed to be scratching that itch.
Where this reviewer began to disagree was in regards to the means of change and perceiving that the author had a different idea of how change occurs. Many of the “habits” and principles seemed to have a religious undertone, so the reviewer decided to look up a biography on the author to discover his religious background. What he found was that Stephen Covey was a Mormon, who attended and taught at Brigham Young University. This began to explain the lack of comfort the reviewer had with some of the author’s …show more content…
The person reading can have a “good life” by applying these principles. In some ways, however, it seems to fly in the face of biblical truth. The assumption is that without the work of the Holy Spirit, and by simply applying what the author teaches, a person can achieve personal greatness. It is the principle of God helping those that help themselves. These “habits” applied seem to negate the individual’s need of rescue from a fallen world. Humanity can overcome the effects of sin in his or her own power. This seems to put too much into the ability of the human and too little into the desperation men and women face apart from God. This could be the belief that God is simply a watchmaker that infused creation with all that was needed and humanity simply needs to understand how this