STEVE JOBS – Walter Isaacson (2011)

I have waited patiently for a decent biography on Apple front man, Steve Jobs.  When I learned that Walter Isaacson, one of my favorite biographers took the challenge, I jumped at the chance to read this book.

Two words – “Steve” and “Jobs.”  Ordinary words.  But smash the two words together and two things happen: ordinary vanishes and controversy begins.  It is common knowledge that Jobs rubbed many people the wrong way during his days at Apple.  Isaacson documents numerous stories that confirm this. And while some reviewers resist Isaacson’s willingness to share the good, the bad, and the ugly, this biographer truly seeks to present a balanced portrait of Steve Jobs.  Isaacson writes with a measured, yet realistic respect.  His work is thorough and the research is extensive.

Whatever one thinks about Steve Jobs, it is important to recognize that Apple recently emerged as the most valuable company in America, topping out at $337 billion.  There is no question that Jobs’ ingenuity, creativity, “out-of-the box thinking,” business sense, and vision helped shaped this phenomenal company.  Apple would not be Apple without Steve Jobs.  Rick Warren rightly tweeted on the day of his death, “Steve Jobs, the Thomas Edison of my generation.”

Jobs’ Edison-like influence on contemporary culture is widely known.  This review is hammered out on a MacBook Pro.  Multiple people surround me using Mac devices including iPhones, iPads, and iPods.  It is an indisputable fact that Steve Jobs changed the way people look at and use technology.

I intend to review books from a Christian perspective at Veritas et LuxSteve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is a vivid reminder of God’s common grace – the grace that gives people an ability to produce great art, inspiring music and useful technology.  It is a reminder that all good gifts come from God and God alone.  The takeaway is simple: Will we reflect God’s glory with the common grace he has extended or will we turn the spotlight on ourselves?  “For from him and to him and through him are all things.  To him be the glory forever and ever” (Rom. 11:36, ESV).

3.5 stars

3 thoughts on “STEVE JOBS – Walter Isaacson (2011)

  1. Very positive, Thank you for your insights on the books you are reading. Especially the Christian perspective. it helped me buy a book I had been considering for a long time.

  2. Brilliant review, David. And truly spot on. Isaacson went full-tilt through this biography — nearly no stone unturned.

    I both ached and yearned for Steve to come around to at least some breath of a Savior. Year after horrendous year of cancer and … at least as far as the book could stretch, seemingly nothing.

    I very much liked the book. I found it incredibly insightful and actually, pretty stinking fun to read.

    Suffice it to say: well said.

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