David and Goliath

I am a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s work (The Tipping Point, Blink , Outliers) and his most recent book, David and Goliath, doesn’t disappoint.

Are the things we view as benefits and advantages in life, really benefits and advantages? Can disadvantages actually be advantages?

Starting with the biblical story of David and Goliath, Gladwell describes certain situations in life that we would naturally understand as an advantage, and then turns it on its head. He looks at subjects like dyslexia, crime, and picking the right college, to unpack the idea that sometimes we misunderstand what we label a “disadvantage”. Sometimes the very things that make sense and will “clearly” lead to a benefit or advantage, can actually be a disadvantage and even disastrous.

Like always Gladwell does a fantastic job in sparking conversation, asking great questions (which often lead to more questions), and casting a new vision for how to see life around us. David and Goliath is a very interesting book and an excellent addition to the growing collection of Gladwell’s work.

* You can hear an interesting TED Talk from Gladwell speaking on a perspective of the biblical story of David and Goliath which happens to be the premise of his book (video can be seen HERE). 

* For an interesting article about Gladwell and the impact writing this book had on his faith, check out Relevant Magazine’s most recent cover story HERE

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