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"I'm tired of helping others enjoy God-I just want to enjoy God for myself."
With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with penetrating insight from the life of Moses, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership explores topics such as:
Each chapter includes a spiritual practice to ensure your soul gets the nourishment it needs. Forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God is the best choice you can make for yourself and for those you lead.
This expanded edition includes the popular "How Is It with Your Soul?" assessment for leaders and a flexible six- or twelve-week guided experience for groups.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual TransformationRuth Haley BartonInterVarsity Press / 2006 / Hardcover$15.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in CommunityRuth Haley BartonInterVarsity Press / 2014 / Hardcover$16.49 Retail:
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Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming PresenceRuth Haley BartonInterVarsity Press / 2010 / Hardcover$15.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual FormationM. Robert Mulholland Jr., Ruth Haley BartonInterVarsity Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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- responding to the dynamics of calling
- facing the loneliness of leadership
- leading from your authentic self
- cultivating spiritual community
- reenvisioning the promised land
- discerning God's will together
"In the same spirit in which Henri Nouwen wrote The Return of the Prodigal Son, Ruth Haley Barton has captured the soul of Moses and has revealed him to us as a seeker of truth, wisdom, and vulnerability."
"Ruth Haley Barton has had a huge influence on the way I walk with God and walk with others. Her books and the Transforming Community experience have helped me begin to hold the inward life and outward life together in meaningful and sustainable ways. We dont have to choose to be either exhausted activists or isolated contemplatives, and Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership offers both biblical vision and time-tested rhythms to help us become contemplatives in action. Leadership does not require losing our souls. Thank God! This book will help you live into this good news."
"There are many valuable books that teach leadership as a skill or even as an art. But leadership, both in civic and in church circles, is best understood when set within a spirituality. Competence is only truly effective when it issues forth from a mature soul. What ultimately grounds sound leadership? This is what Ruth Haley Barton articulates in Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership. This book does for leadership what Parker Palmer's book To Know as We Are Known does for education. It sets skill, competence, and dedication into their proper horizonspirituality. It is a wonderful balance of insight, faith, and maturity. Ruth Haley Barton is a trustworthy mentor."
"A weary, waiting world cries out for God-shaped leaders who would serve more than be served, who would find power by laying down power, who would lose their lives for others. In her reflections on the life of Moses, Gods radically human and holy friend, Ruth Haley Barton has given us not only a portrait of what sacrificial and redemptive leadership looks like, but has provided practice for getting there. This is a book to read alone and together. It will encourage and empower us to seek God more deeply, to listen for and embody our innate callings, to stay faithful to our solitary and even lonely journeys in community, and to love God for the long haul."
"In a landscape littered with leadership books that tinker at the margins of what really matters, Ruth Haley Barton offers us practical guidance to the core of life-changing leadership: spiritual authenticity and health. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership lays bare the ancient truth that great leadership comes from the inside out, and provides a helpful road map for examining and seeking Gods transformation of that largely unexamined inner core from which true leadership proceeds. This is a powerful resource for me and my own leadership team."
"[This] book has become for me a companion on the way. . . . The authors style is warm and accessible. I like her insights into the inner life of the leader. . . . I am deeply grateful for the helpful practices she describes and recommends. But what draws me even more is that Ruth writes with realness and integrity out of her own intimate experience of the inner journey of a leader. . . . Reading this book will surely help you to be attentive to the God who is the strength of your soul, and the heart of your leadership."