One of America’s most popular writers takes a fresh look at the players in a favorite old story.
In the world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is a master craftsman. His newest book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Little, Brown and Company, Oct. 2013) gives further evidence of his artistry, skillfully examining the struggle of underdogs versus favorites in his most provocative book yet.
Everyone loves a triumphant underdog story, and David and Goliath is chock full of them. But Gladwell’s interpretation of the biblical account views David, not as an improbable winner, but as a strong, agile young warrior who had as much chance of success as his ill-prepared, overconfident, bloated opponent. “Believing that the power within us – the Spirit of God – can overcome the powers against us means that we are not the underdog,” explains Gladwell. “We are not as weak as we think we are. Neither is the giant as strong as he seems. This is an important lesson for us to learn in our battles with opponents of all kinds.”
With subtle undertones of faith-related themes, Gladwell effectively merges his faith, love of history, scientific research and a powerful story to provide his readers with surprising insights that can reshape forever how they think about obstacles and disadvantages. Gladwell says, “We often misread and misinterpret the conflict as a disadvantage, when, in fact, the act of facing overwhelming odds can produce greatness and beauty. Challenges change people. When met head-on with faith and courage, they have the possibility of opening doors and creating opportunities that were never before possible.”
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