The Good Book on Leadership: Case Studies From the Bible
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Number of Pages: 276
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2005
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The Bible is full of leaders, and whether good or bad, each of their stories provide valuable insight into what is needed to be a strong leader.
John Borek is President Emeritus of Liberty University. He holds a Ph.D. in business administration.He resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Danny Lovett has led Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary since 1996. His previous books include Rod of the Spirit: A Journey into the Spirit-Filled Life and Jesus Is Awesome: Christian Life and Evangelism. He resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Elmer Towns is dean of the B.R. Lakin School of Religion at Liberty University, which he cofounded with Jerry Falwell. His books include Fasting for Spiritual Breakthroughs, Praying the Lord’s rayer for Spiritual Breakthroughs, and Praying the 23rd Psalm. He resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The book is based on teachings on leadership that the three authors have done in their classrooms at Liberty University. They claim that there are 23 specific kinds of leaders, and that each has marvelous talents and skills as well as serious potential weaknesses. If the reader of this book can adopt the positive aspects of these various leaders and avoid the potential pitfalls of their negative traits, then the reader can be a better leader at home, at church, on the job, and in society.
Chapters 2 through 24 focus on various leadership styles, such as The Strategic Leader, The Charismatic Leader, The Mentoring Leader, and The Visionary Leader. The authors profile someone from secular history who exemplifies this style, as well as someone from the Old or New Testament. Using the lives of these people, the authors then point out why and how these people succeeded at what they accomplished in life, and the authors offer supportive quotations from other sources to underscore the validity of their analyses. They also provide lists or outlines of how the reader can then follow the same methods in order to experience similar success.
Interestingly, this book also chooses to focus on people who were placed in important leadership positions but who failed miserably at what they were called upon to accomplish. For example, Samson is profiled in a chapter called The Flawed Leader, and King Saul is studied in a chapter called The Failed Leader. The point here is, just because you rise to a position of power--i.e., Jim Bakker, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Swaggart--it does not mean you will serve with high moral character, with courage, or with honor.
Im convinced I will be pulling this book off my shelf and glancing over it several times during the next year, just as a refresher on how both to lead and serve well. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
Brad Cowie3 Stars Out Of 5Just okay, not much depthSeptember 5, 2011Brad CowieQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1It's okay but not much depth and very little actual textual interaction. It's sort of "pop leadership with prooftexts" (maybe "prooftexts" is unfair, but hopefully you get the idea). I had hoped for a bit more robust interaction with Biblical texts on leadership.
So, it's okay, but not great.