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VINE VOICEon October 18, 2005
This is probably my favorite book on leadership issues. First, it lays you out...Gunderson draws you in with a great story that is interesting and then drops the bomb...the point that brings conviction of a character defect.

As a pastor who has been training leaders for years, this is a GREAT book!. It's not at all like other leadership books. If you are studying leadership issues, read this book!

He starts out not with the popular definitions of leadership that Maxwell and others use...like 'leadership is influence'. He starts with Jesus' definition of leadership...that if you want to be a great leader you must be a servant of all. He breaks down the etymology of the Greek word for servant in that verse and applies the etymology of that word in a story like fashion. It is possible to dive into the land of etymological fallacies when one does this, but I don't think that Gunderson commits that sin. He's careful to say that the word servant shares similar roots...but never crosses the line of etymological fallacy.

(See Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson if you aren't sure what I'm talking about-it has to do with popular writing and preaching that abuses language components in Greek to make fine sounding arguments). I think that Gunderson has managed to use language components well withough violating grammatical/lexical rules. Very well done!!

There is depth of thought and enjoyable reading all blended together. It's like sitting by a fire listening to great stories which have even greater points to them.

I thought the one reviewer who kinda blasted this book had some good points, but really did not give a high enough rating for this wonderful little book...that has helped me in leadership issues more than any other book I own...including all of the fine Maxwell materials I own.

This is one for leaders to use in training other leaders.
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on December 24, 2001
Aside from the Bible, this book has had the greatest impact on how I view Christian leadership. It goes straight to the best example, Jesus Christ, and explains what it was in Him that made such a lasting impact on humankind. It not only challenges the reader to transform their whole way of thinking about leadership, but it also inspires them to become more like Jesus. It's a book you can read over and over again and keep walking away with something new.
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on November 30, 2012
This is a great guide for teaching leadership. It is interesting, starts with a story first and then goes onto describe what the main points are. It will be a great resource for my students.
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on June 28, 2011
I read this when I was 18 and it shaped my view of Christian leadership. I review it every couple years as a reminder of the basics of servant leadership.
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on December 6, 2013
THE best book on what Christian leadership should be. One of the very few books that actually use the model of Jesus as leader.
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on September 30, 2014
This book really makes you examine yourself and your motives for leadership. It gives you introspective application for you to look deep within yourself and correct areas where you have strayed away from your origins for serving. Also gives you wisdom to help others. I would recommend this book to anyone serving in ministry.
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on January 23, 2016
I'm recommending this for anyone who hopes to disciple other believers, including parents who have the responsibility to disciple their own children. As someone who naturally leans toward trying to control others, I needed this book to provide a model of humble, loving, Christ-like, respectful discipling and parenting.
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on August 29, 2015
A rehash of his old book with a new title. He does not personally live out what he has written in his book. The advertisement should warn people that this NOT a new book.
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on September 15, 2014
AN OUTSTANDING BOOK with deep thoughts about servant leadership according to the model of Christ! A MUST read
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on March 3, 2005
This is a great read for anyone in "leadership" in churches or considering getting into it. It's excellent because it's a short, to the point read. He uses excellent biblical examples of Christ's true leadership and what it means for the church today. Pick this book up for anyone you know who's in any leadership role...
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