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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
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Presently severing as the women’s ministries specialist for the California Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Linda M. Clark has been involved in direction activities related to women’s ministries and Woman’s Missionary Union for more than a decade.
A native of Arizona, Linda is an accomplished writer who has contributed to numerous magazines. She earned both her master’s degree and doctorate in women’s studies from Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana.
Linda and her husband, Jan, have three married children and seven grandchildren and call California home.
Awaken the Leader in You provides 10 essentials for bringing life into balance the foundation of effective leadership. Grounded in Scripture and illustrated by stories of women in the Bible and in contemporary society, the principles crystallize in applicable content. With a host of practical ideas for leadership enhancement, Dr. Linda M. Clark coaches readers in awakening leadership skills as they discover a new blend of ingredients for balanced living.
Kristi3 Stars Out Of 5Good content, but too broadAugust 6, 2011KristiQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Dr. Clark's years in leadership and ministry are obvious in the way she writes and illustrates. She clearly has a passion for the topic and a wealth of life experience to draw upon. Her writing is approachable and welcoming, presenting content in such a way as to not overwhelm the reader. A leader's guide is included in the back with creative ideas for group activity and discussion to enhance the study.
At times, I wished that the Biblical foundation of the book was more clear. While Biblical illustrations are used in each chapter, I often did not find them compelling. The Biblical text seemed to be used as a subpoint in the author's outline, rather than the main backbone of where each principle was being drawn from. Also, while the book did provide a basis for group discussion among our team, I found it a bit "clunky" to use for a one-session overview. The chapter topics and titles are not terribly clear and consistent - illustrations (like potatoes and a box of chocolates) are used as chapter titles and I found that they made it difficult for me to remember and concisely summarize the content. I also found the focus of the book to be a bit too broad - women in leadership in "the workplace, the church, the community, or at home" have quite a wide spectrum of different leadership challenges and opportunities, and I found the broad focus to make the content more shallow than I desired.
This is a worthwhile book to read for women in leadership positions. Dr. Clark's content and application is solid, although if used in a group the leader should expect to need to add some depth and specific application for the women in her particular target group.