From the Author
One of my special joys has been to co-labor with Dr. Ted Engstrom on "Compassionate Leadership". Since the publishing of the book a few weeks ago, my beloved friend Ted has died.
These few words that I share are meant to be a sincere tribute to Ted including some of the background of how the book came into being. Back in the 1980's, I wrote a book on the subject of "Servant Leadership" long before the subject became so trendy and popular. The book has long been out of print.
In recent years, a number of friends have encouraged me to update and republish the book. As I thought and prayed about it, I concluded that if I were to do that, I would like to co-write with another Christian leader who had written some outstanding material about effective Christian leadership.
As I thought and prayed further, Ted Engstrom came clearly into mind. Indeed, much of what I have learned about leadership over the years I have learned from Ted. We had been friends for over 40 years. As I prayerfully approached him, he readily agreed to do so.
Little did I know that this would be his last book - the 55th in a long tradition of writing with excellence.
Both Ted and I have prayed that God would use this book to encourage and strengthen many Christian leaders - especially younger, emerging leaders. Now that our brother Ted has completed his race so well, I continue with that prayer.
From the Inside Flap
When you hear the music of Johnny Cash, you can instinctively tell that he is a guru to emerging generations looking for someone who sings from the depth and breadth of a life-long experience. This book draws on the breadth and depth of wisdom of Ted Engstrom and Paul Cedar - two men whom I consider the leadership gurus and older mentors that today's emerging generation is looking for. Dan Kimball, Author, The Emerging Church
In an era of brash leaders, corporate raiders and harsh "take no prisoners" corporate models of leadership, Compassionate Leadership is an oasis of truth and reason that offers a radically different approach. Christian leaders should look first to these biblical principles of leadership before looking to the Fortune 500 for their role models. Rich Stearns PRESIDENT, WORLD VISION U. S.
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