Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Spiritual Leadership"

“A shepherd’s work cannot be done effectively without a shepherd’s heart.” Spiritual Leadership was written by J. Oswald Sanders. It is a twenty-two chapter, two-hundred forty-eight page book that will challenge you to answer the call to become a Christian leader.
Sanders exposes the reader to many accomplished leaders who served Christ throughout their life. David Livingston, Peter, Nehemiah, Paul, and Charles Spurgeon are just a few examples. Do you seek power, fame, or riches? For each of the topics Oswald introduces, he displays the difference between worldly desires and Christian ambitions. Along with this, he includes the world’s definition and a Christian description of leadership. This book is meant for ages junior high and older because it does deal with some serious issues. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends because it will encourage them to evaluate their leadership skills. J. Oswald Sanders addresses many different areas of leadership. Some of the highlights were: discipline, vision, wisdom, decisions, courage, humility, integrity, and sincerity.
Many of the topics did apply to my life, but one of the issues seemed to be targeted right at me. Many times I find myself trying to perfect things. Oswald Sanders noted that a perfectionist might not always be a good leader because he may set that standard too high for himself or for others around him. My commitment is to do my best to set reasonable goals in the future.

1 comment:

  1. It's a blessing to see you reading books like this. :) Keep up the good work... let Him change you through the things He teaches you through these books! I am not a big reader, though I do read because I know I need to... but I often think about how easy it is to read words like, "live in selfless submission to Christ", and never let it change who I am. Keep pressing forward! I may just have to check this book out! :)