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"Thank you for breaking the norm of leadership books--no numbered formulas for success (52 irrefutable/7 habits, etc.), but success based on the only Book that can truly transform the mind, through the power of the Holy Spirit." -Joel Westa

"Solid, practical, in-the-trenches guidance for real life leaders." --John Ortberg

"Harper extracts the essence of success from 66 books, harvests the most indispensable principles, and distills them into one book: Leading from the Lions' Den." --Wayne Cordeiro

"Leading from the Lions' Den contains both biblical and street smart insights for leaders in all walks of life. If you are a leader, you know what it's like to be in the lions' den." --Gary L. McIntosh

About the Author

Tom R. Harper is president of the online church leadership community ChurchCentral.com as well as NetWorld Alliance, a leading business-to-business media communications company. He lives with his wife and children in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805444424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805444421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an avid observer of great leaders. I love to read the latest books on the topic - whether they're written for business, non-profit or church leaders. The cool thing is that the skill set for leaders is basically the same across all types of organizations.

I wrote Leading from the Lions' Den because I found that the Bible is the ultimate leadership book. It's full of theory as well as illustrations; biographies as well as first-person narratives.

At one point I thought I wanted to go into ministry. Instead, I stayed in business and ended up writing Career Crossover: Leaving the Marketplace for Ministry. I got to talk to many people who crossed over, though it didn't end up being my own path. (Sometimes I still wonder....)

So, here I am firmly and happily in the business world. I help lead a business-to-business publisher of online industry portals for banking, retail, digital signage and restaurants. I also get to publish one for church leaders, plus I'm involved in the Society for Church Consulting (yes, the church consulting market is actually quite active and growing).

I've wanted to write a book ever since I was in elementary school. I've tried doing several novels that never went anywhere. Never did I think I'd end up writing a non-fiction leadership book. But now writing on this topic is my passion.

It's often said that having written well is a pleasure but the writing itself is a pain. I've found that to be true most of the time. But once the writing bug is in your blood, it's there to stay!

Blessings on your own leadership!

Tom
Twitter: @TomRHarper

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on August 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to Tom Harper and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Leading From the Lion's Den" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Tom Harper's "Leading From The Lion's Den" is a collection of leadership principles from every book of the Bible. Don't be fooled by the size of this book. Sixty-six short chapters tantalize the reader to investigate scripture. Each chapter brings to light a quality of leadership that is showcased within that book of the Bible. The commentary is concise and insightful and will give you a new perspective on each book of the Bible. Whether you are in leadership at work, in church, or as a Christian example to others wherever you go, this book is a useful tool for highlighting characteristics and behaviors of leaders that are prominent in scripture.

I adore books that encourage me to read scripture rather than trying to influence me to only consider what is within their own pages. This is one of those wonderful resources that leads you back to the Word of God. I highly recommend this to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Pepper on March 1, 2011
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Read this book for what it is--a book that finds a bold and fresh leadership concept from each book of the Bible. I do not know of any other leadership books that even attempts this. Harper is not attempting to provide a biblical survey, but rather focuses on one point or story to deliver solid lessons on leadership.

"Leading from the Lion's Den" is a great gift to the church. As a pastor, I am constantly looking for good resources to put into the hands of other church and business leaders. I can recommend this one with confidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Knox on March 15, 2013
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It really reinforces and illustrates the concepts and principles of biblically-based leadership. A must for anyone working in a religious based leadership role.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul M.Horne on December 5, 2012
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I have been using this book a Christian leadership class that I am taking in seminary. It has been helpful in getting my mind thinking about specific leadership principals or even areas of text that will give me more leadership principles. It is an easy read and could be done in a few hours depending on how quickly you read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 23, 2010
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All successful leaders are lion tamers, according to Tom Harper in this book. Leaders have to find ways of calming roaring beasts and surviving attacks when they occur, and the book aims to be a leadership manual on dealing with lions. It contains 66 chapters covering 66 leadership principles, each of which is inspired by a different one of the 66 books of the Bible.

Many of the leadership principles espoused by the author are counter-intuitive and appear contrary to established wisdom, such as: "Admit helplessness", "Be a drama king or queen", "Motivate your people less", "Underrate your plan" and "Don't listen to your customers". These somewhat surprising chapter titles help to create a sense of anticipation in each chapter.

Notwithstanding the title and the purpose stated in the introduction, only a few of the chapters are about handling conflict. The majority are about general leadership and management issues encountered in leading a business or other organisation, based on the author's experience in managing IT companies. Most of the leadership principles are inspired by a single aspect or verse of a book of the Bible rather than by the central theme of the particular book, so the author's work is not an attempt at a systematic theology of leadership.

As is the case with many leadership books, the work as a whole is a collection of essentially unrelated principles rather than a systematic treatment of leadership theory, but I found each individual three-page chapter to be interesting and well-written.
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