The Mark of a Giant

by Ted Stewart

The Mark of a Giant
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Throughout the course of history, civilization has been blessed by strong-minded men and women who have impacted our world in extraordinary ways. Their imprint upon humanity is beyond dispute. And many would contend that they were no less than the result of Divine Providence—a gift of God to the human race. Who are these individuals? What is it about these few that make them different? Were they merely in the right place at the right time? Or were they somehow chosen? The Mark of a Giant examines the lives and contributions of seven men and women who changed the world: Abraham of Ur, Pericles, the Apostle Paul, Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa.

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Educational and Inspiring
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

To the reader who likes to sit down and digest small bits of history, this is the perfect introduction to seven people who left a huge footprint. The author chooses Abraham of Ur, Pericles, the Apostle Paul, Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa and gives a biography as well as turning points in their lives. He opens us up to the philosophies they held that changed society.

In particular, I enjoyed the chapter on Abraham of Ur who rejected the teachings of his father and adopted monotheism as opposed to idolatry. Who had enough faith in his God that he was willing to sacrifice all he held dear, and who was given the opportunity to be a father of many nations.

I've always been a follower of Mother Theresa. I had no idea she was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Serbia, or that her Catholic faith was a minority religion in her country. Hearing how she was raised by a mother of greatness and some of the teachings in her childhood home really filled in the gaps of how she became such a world force.

"When you do good, do it quietly, as if you were throwing a stone into the sea." p.209

Mother Theresa's own mother, no doubt, had a great role in molding her into the selfless woman of God she became.

I learned a great deal about the giants Ted Stewart picked! I would recommend reading this book a little at a time and pondering how the lessons these giants taught can be folded into our own life.

This book is about history. More specifically,it is a book about how strong-minded men and women have changed the course of history." - introduction, page 1

Inspiring!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Throughout the course of time, there have been those people who have helped to change the world for the better. This book looks at seven men and women who made amazing contributions to society, some with their intellect and wisdom and some just with their love. By looking at the lives and life-changing actions of these people, we can learn about how wonderful things came about and how sometimes small things can make huge differences.
This book was quite inspiring to me. There is so much fantastic information about these people who have done so many amazing things. Of course, I'm not sure how the author was able to keep it to only seven people. There are some people that I would love to have seen in there, but I can't argue with any of the people included for sure. Some made amazing scientific contributions and some just made contributions with the way they lived their lives. It's amazing to see how they were able to accomplish so much good. Sometimes I think they weren't even aware of how their lives would affect so many others. This is a great example to us to keep trying our best as we never know how it will help someone else.
I enjoyed all of the life stories in this book, but I found Marie Curie to be of particular interest for me. She really lived an amazing life, and her contributions to the world have allowed for amazing medical advancements. I think that this book made me really want to just try to be the best I can be. That's really all these people were doing. Trying to make life better in a way that they could. Luckily for us they were able to make amazing things happen. I think families would benefit from learning about all of these people and looking for ways they can change their own little worlds. Definitely check this book out to be inspired and ready to take on anything!
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SO GOOD!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

If you had to name just 7 people to represent the giants among men, who would you choose?

I am SO IMPRESSED with Ted Stewart's choices!

And his explanations for WHY he chose these 7 are so enlightening!

I have never thought about not only the world-wide, but also, time-wide differences these 7 amazing people made in order for our lives to be better today.

This book gives you greater understanding and appreciate for:

Abraham or Ur
Pericles the Greek
Paul-Apostle to the Gentiles
The Incomparable Mr. Newton
Madame Marie Curie
Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.
Mother Teresa

These 7 giants "individually and collectively altered the way that we are governed, the way that we think, the way that we act, the nature of our aspirations, the priorities that we pursue, what we understand, and the comforts that we enjoy."

They have made our lives, and us, better!

DON'T JUST READ THIS BOOK...
LET IT CHANGE YOU INTO A GIANT!

HOW?
Truly love those within your home, school, work, community.
Reach out to someone who is lonely, depressed, or in need of help.
Take on the curse of pornography and the degrading of American culture.
Fight those forces and influences that are destroying America's family.
Fight against racism and bigotry.
Study the sciences...cures for diseases still need to be found.
Give generously to a charity.

A great read!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

In this book Ted Steward takes the lives of 7 people: Father Abraham, Pericles, the Apostle Paul, Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa. These strong minded men and women are the ones Stewart refers to "giants" people who have made contributions to society that left it altered in some way. He takes a close look at each person and demonstrated how they changed the course of history. Of course the list is way too short, it is nearly impossible to just narrow down just 7 people but this list is inspiring. Stewart examines the character traits that each shares that marked them as giants by showing how human history was changed by their actions. He first tells you what the world was like when that person was born then shares how the world was changed because he or she was in it. His hope is that by sharing these stories others will be inspired to "make their mark upon the world."

Valuable
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Stewart's book The Mark of Giant focuses on an interesting selection of characters and their impact on world history. Narrowing it down to seven will naturally leave room for disagreement regarding the selection, but Stewart does a credible job of delivering a concise and interesting read that inspires as well as teaches. I would esp recommend this book to teachers and home schoolers.

About the Author

Ted Stewart

Ted Stewart was appointed as a United States District Court Judge in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Governor Michael O. Leavitt, as executive director of the State Department of Natural Resources, as a member and chairman of the Public Service Commission, and as chief of staff to Congressman Jim Hansen. He has been a visiting professor at two state universities, teaching courses in law and public policy. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World.

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