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"This message is urgently needed by all of us. You may have many talents and spiritual gifts, but without the love that this book speaks about, you don't really have much at all." -- George Verwer, Founder, Operation Mobilization

"Leading with Love" demonstrates that love is indispensable for effective spiritual leadership.

I hope this insightful study will receive the enthusiastic response it deserves and that it will be widely read." -- Dr. Vernon Grounds, Chancellor, Denver Seminary

"This book was incredibly practical and very clear... This was honestly one fo the best books I have ever read and it has just become required reading for all leaders at our church." -- David Anderson, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Englewood, CO

"Do not read this book if you want to avoid the convicting work of the Holy Spirit! It is a powerful and practical exposition of the doctrine of love for those who shepherd the people of God." -- Dr. David J. MacLeod, Dean for Biblical Studies, Emmaus Bible College

"Leading with Love is a rare book that combines razor-sharp biblical accuracy and the heart of our eternally loving God. Alex Strauch makes a convincing case for the call to lead with the qualities that has made Jesus Christ the Greatest Leader ever born. The practical insights and understandable language of this book crafts it into a 'must read' for every aspiring and seasoned leader." -- Dr. Dennis Newkirk, Senior Pastor, Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond, OK

About the Author

Alexander Strauch was raised in New Jersey and converted to Christ at a Bible camp in New York State. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado Christian University and went on to earn his Master's in Divinity degree from Denver Seminary. For over thirty years he has served as an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel near Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he has taught philosophy and New Testament literature at Colorado Christian University. A gifted Bible teacher and popular speaker, Mr. Strauch has helped thousands of churches worldwide through his expository, writing ministry. He is the author of Biblical Eldership, The New Testament Deacon, Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, The Hospitality Commands, Agape Leadership, Leading with Love and Meetings That Work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lewis and Roth Publishers (February 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936083212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936083216
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander Strauch was raised in New Jersey and converted to Christ at a Bible camp in New York State. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado Christian University and went on to earn his Master's in Divinity degree from Denver Seminary.

For over forty years he has served as an elder in his local church near Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he has taught philosophy and New Testament literature at Colorado Christian University. A gifted Bible teacher and popular speaker, Mr. Strauch has helped thousands of churches worldwide through his expository teaching ministry.

He is the author of Biblical Eldership, The New Testament Deacon, Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, The Hospitality Commands, Agape Leadership (with Robert L. Peterson), Meetings That Work, Leading with Love and Love or Die. Mr. Strauch and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Littleton, Colorado, near their four adult daughters and eight grandchildren.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David J. Bartlett on June 1, 2006
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Like Alex's other books, sound biblical scholarship is combined with a heart for real people with real challenges. The first half of the book made me weep. It's a wonderful treatment of the source and motivation of love. Love that endures and ultimately blesses has to come from a well deeper than the one in my heart. Alex presents Jesus clearly and how both he and those who knew him, loved others with strength, sincere emotion and purpose.

The second half of the book is very practical as Alex discusses the many facets of love. I especially appreciated his treatment of the disciplinary aspect of love. This is rarely done well in the church and it is to our harm that it is so. I also enjoyed the anecdotes of love and particularly those about Robert Chapman, who seems to have had a rare ability to love well.

Although the book is addressed to leaders, it would be a shame if people chose not to read it for that reason. Its message, though of particular importance to Christian leadership, is needed throughout Christ's kingdom.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on March 13, 2006
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Alexander Strauch hits the nail on the head. He expounds on the Scriptures and teaches on the great need for Christian love in the local church and for Christian leaders, teachers, pastors, Sunday School teachers, etc to display the "still more excellent way" of love in their lives and in their ministries. The book was incredibly practical and very clear. As a pastor I was inspired to love my flock better and lead with love. It would be perfect for any pastor, elder, or deacon, or for any Christian leader wanting to study and apply the great doctrine of love. This was honestly one of the best books I have ever read and it has just become required reading for all leaders at our church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a on December 2, 2014
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Kindle version of this book is worth one star in my experience; I leave five stars only to avoid damaging the good rating of this book which it deserves. For those who want to know more, here's why.

The Good:
As other reviewers have reported (thank you all), Strauch is excellent in this book as usual. He writes in such a balanced way that is direct yet thoughtful, biblical yet down-to-earth, and resourceful without losing logical flow.

For example, see his chapter on discipline as a way of biblical love. He starts honestly admitting that helping fellow believers in sin is one of the most painful (often unsuccessful) jobs of church leaders. Then he demonstrates the strong biblical emphasis on its need and how it can be done. It is detrimental to the health of church to shirk from addressing the issue of sin, which is often justified by saying Christianity is about loving, not judging, others.

The Bad:
I must say, there's one decisive defect of the Kindle version of this book. The endnote numbers are not (hyper)linked to their respective endnotes and there's no way to locate them easily. You have to manually "flip through pages" whenever you want to check his further thoughts or sources in endnotes.

Many readers would value his persistent (and helpful) use of footnote/endnote because they frequently lead to bible passages for further reflection or in-depth study on any given point. You've got to do this the hard way with the Kindle version. I preferred the ebook format but ended up returning it and purchased a hard copy.

If anyone finds that the publisher fixed this issue, please let me know. I'd happily modify this review accordingly.
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I would say that this book is a very helpful reminder to everyone who would claim to lead others. It is common today (and one only has to look at presidential campaigns) to lead with arrogance and claim superiority while deriding opponents. But that is far from the biblical picture of leadership. All leadership is to be characterized by love, and love should pervade our every action. Strauch does a good job of showing the qualities necessary for any leader, but especially a leader in the Christian community (be it church or the larger Evangelical world). He uses vivid examples to convey the truth of Scripture in everyday life. The book is relatively short, but is definitely worth reading. I was convicted of lovelessness even in my own life, and I understand better the biblical mandate to love others as I lead them.

Strauch divides the book into three sections:
1.) Love is Indispensable to Christian Leadership
2.) The Character and Behavior of a Loving Leader
3.) The Works of a Loving Leader

In the first section, he shows how pervasive the idea of love is throughout the Bible, especially in leadership contexts. In the second, he spends much time on what a Christian leader should look like and what things should concern him. In the final section, he devotes discussion to very practical ways to exhibit love as a leader.

It becomes clear through reading that Strauch himself is a humble man who is truly concerned with leading others into loving leadership.
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I would say that this book is a very helpful reminder to everyone who would claim to lead others. It is common today (and one only has to look at presidential campaigns) to lead with arrogance and claim superiority while deriding opponents. But that is far from the biblical picture of leadership. All leadership is to be characterized by love, and love should pervade our every action. Strauch does a good job of showing the qualities necessary for any leader, but especially a leader in the Christian community (be it church or the larger Evangelical world). He uses vivid examples to convey the truth of Scripture in everyday life. The book is relatively short, but is definitely worth reading. I was convicted of lovelessness even in my own life, and I understand better the biblical mandate to love others as I lead them.

Strauch divides the book into three sections:
1.) Love is Indispensable to Christian Leadership
2.) The Character and Behavior of a Loving Leader
3.) The Works of a Loving Leader

In the first section, he shows how pervasive the idea of love is throughout the Bible, especially in leadership contexts. In the second, he spends much time on what a Christian leader should look like and what things should concern him. In the final section, he devotes discussion to very practical ways to exhibit love as a leader.

It becomes clear through reading that Strauch himself is a humble man who is truly concerned with leading others into loving leadership.
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