Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry
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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:

  • 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
  • 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.

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    Title: Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry
    By: Ruth Haley Barton
    Format: Hardcover
    Number of Pages: 240
    Vendor: InterVarsity Press
    Publication Date: 2018
    Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
    Weight: 15 ounces
    ISBN: 083084645X
    ISBN-13: 9780830846450
    Stock No: WW846450

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    Publisher's Description

    "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
    • 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
    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.

    Author Bio

    Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Seminary) is founding president/CEO of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors and Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve. For over twenty years, she has ministered to the soul care needs of pastors and leaders based upon her conviction that the best thing we bring to to leadership is our own transforming selves. Trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Institute for Pastoral Studies Loyola University Chicago, Ruth is a seasoned retreat leader and spiritual director. A sought-after speaker and preacher, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches and teaches frequently at seminaries and graduate schools. Ruth is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life, including , , , , and . She continues to share her thoughts and perspectives on soulful leadership through an online resource called as well as a podcast entitled . Leighton Ford is president of Leighton Ford Ministries, which seeks to help young leaders worldwide to lead more Jesus and more Jesus. For many years, Ford communicated Christ around the globe through speaking, writing and media outreach, addressing millions of people in thirty-seven countries on every continent. He served from 1955 until 1985 as Associate Evangelist and later Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and was featured as the alternate speaker to Billy Graham on the broadcast. He served for nearly twenty years as chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, an international body of Christian leaders. The author or co-author of numerous books, including and Ford lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Jean.

    Editorial Reviews

    "Barton has written a book which could serve as a prescription for people in ministry who have come to the end of themselves. I recommend this book for leaders who have experienced a glance toward the dark night of the soul but have found themselves working harder, trusting less, and growing weary in order to avoid the transforming work of the soul."
    "At times Barton’s words were a needed wake-up call and at other times they were a source of refreshment. I’m thankful for both."
    "This beautiful cross between Ordering Your Private World and Celebration of Discipline isn’t a book you merely read; rather, [it’s] one you process with the Holy Spirit, with passages that call to be re-read and swallowed slowly. Definitely not ‘a glorified self-help project.’"
    "Ruth Haley Barton’s book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership is a must-read for all those in ministry."
    "There are many books that help sharpen our leadership skills, but this one brings challenging insights to strengthen our souls which will transform our leadership."
    "Ms. Barton relies heavily on the life of Moses as a window into the different aspects of leadership in which we might learn to seek God and allow God to strengthen us to provide spiritual leadership to others. The book is not just for those already in leadership roles, but also for those who are seeking leadership."
    "The most significant book I read in 2008 . . . is a call to inspect one’s inner life and motives for leadership with neither guilt nor obsession, allowing God to tweak and morph it at will."
    "It may seem hard to believe, being a pastor or other religious leader can be very draining on one’s faith. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership answers a real problem that many may not realize exists for their pastors and priests."

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