Great Book on Leadership,
This review is from: Consequential Leadership: 15 Leaders Fighting for Our Cities, Our Poor, Our Youth and Our Culture (Paperback)
Theoretical books on leadership are valuable. They allow us to face our presuppositions, our patterns and practices. They help us to see where we are weak and give us new ideas to face the current challenges. But, I think theoretical books on leadership have a limited value. They might help me understand and approach my situation, but they cannot help me do. That's why we all need coaches and mentors. Every Timothy needs a Paul. Mac Pier also understands the value of personal interaction. He speaks in the Introduction to Consequential Leadership of those who helped influence and shape him as a leader. He has written this book in order to give us a window into the lives, ministries and practices of important, contemporary leaders.
He examines the lives, ministries and influence of key leaders in ministry, business, politics and non-profit areas. Pier then highlights a key idea or theme for each leader and explains how it is incorporated into everything that they do. For Tim Keller the theme is grace. Keller goes to great effort to show how the grace of God in Christ is better. Every sermon is infused with grace. Luis Palau's theme is Festival! Pier explores how this renown evangelist has been working to share the gospel of Christ all over the world - and how he has been successful at it. Each person in this book is an example to the rest of us. They provide a window into their life and work that gives us perspective and anticipation.
The purpose of this book is not to simply profile these different leaders. That would be interesting but of little value. Instead, it is meant to be an expose on leadership with a wake. These are leaders who are making waves across the globe. Theirs is an encouragement that God can use anyone anywhere to do tremendous things. It is also a call to pursue this kind of leadership in whatever context we may find ourselves. These fifteen men do not compose an exclusive club - more should be added (and could be).