Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado
Part Christian self-help book, part Biblical exegesis, emotional intelligent consultant and former pastor Steve Lawson’s Giant Killers: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities, is a brief, but inspiring guide to aid the reader in conquering difficulties and becoming the best version of “you” that you can be.
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Giant Killers begins by recounting the Biblical story of David and Goliath, the tale of how one small boy with faith was able to beat a larger-than-life opponent. Lawson uses this story as the foreground of his entire book, encouraging the reader to conquer his or her own “giants,” by trusting in faith and grace. Divided into five sub-sections that emphasize a different character trait, each of these sections begins with a real-life story of someone close to Lawson. He identifies these individuals as “giant killers,” meaning that he or she overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to beat their fears and live their lives as good Christians. Aside from making the book more relatable to the reader, these brief vignettes greatly help add to the credibility of Lawson’s message, as they are proven accounts ordinary persons acting as “giant killers.”
While each of the five sub-sections that Lawson outlines contain their own particular pieces of wisdom and guidance, “Section Two: Discipline” will especially resound with American readers who are surrounded by a culture steeped with excess and consumerism. Lawson speaks at great length about disciplining one’s self in a spiritual, caring manner that respects above all God’s vision of yourself. Calling a variety of sources, ranging from the Bible to modern scholarship, Lawson outlines the importance of concepts such as training, self-regulation, controlling one’s actions, and focusing on the act of disciplined growth. All of these concepts underline the essential notion that becoming the best version of oneself must take into account God’s vision of you, as well as acknowledging and accepting your strengths and weaknesses as a person.
“Part Four: Action” serves as another strong section of the book, as it provides the reader with essential advice aimed towards becoming a “giant killer.” Among other tips, Lawson advises the reader to not separate the spiritual from the nonspiritual, to begin with small steps, and to study Scripture for inspiration.
Written in a conversational and often humorous tone, Giant Killers is clearly a labor of love on the part of Steve Lawson. Throughout, he deftly utilizes examples from a variety of sources—the entirety of the Christian canon, popular culture, and personal experiences, to name a few—to strengthen his work and make it accessible to all readers. While Giant Killers will not appeal to those who disdain spirituality, it will prove as useful and enlightening read for Christians.