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The Eric Trap Paperback – April 15, 2012
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Although Eric is a fictional character, I believe many leaders will relate to his experiences and struggles.
The book was an easy and enjoyable read. The chronicles of Pastor Eric are presented in the form of a story. Integrated into the book are chapters with practical ideas and commentary drawing on principles presented in Eric's story. The end of each chapter contains questions to help readers apply the principles to their current life and ministry situations.
These chapters cover important topics including:
*Relationships with Volunteers - the importance of delegating and equipping others for ministry, allowing them to develop as the people and leaders God desires them to be.
*Relationship with the Senior Pastor - understanding and aligning your visions for ministry, and submitting to the senior pastor's leadership for the benefit of the church as a whole.
*Relationships with Parents - equipping parents to guide their children's spiritual development, since their impact goes much deeper than the one hour or so a week the children spend under our influence at church.
*Relationship with God - abiding in Him and relying on Him, not our own strength in ministry, and measuring our growth and success in His terms.
*Relationships with Family - keeping priorities in line and maintaining balanced and healthy family relationships.
I believe this book is good for current leaders, who can likely relate to Eric's experiences, realize they're not alone, and hopefully find a way out of any traps into which they have fallen. The book can also serve as a warning for future workers of the snares that may be ahead so they can avoid falling into those traps.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book as part of The Eric Trap blog tour.
The Eric Trap tells the story of a Kids Pastor, named Eric, who is having one, terrible, horrible, very bad week! His week has included a verbal exchange with a volunteer, a staff resignation, and bad news (which is really good news) from his pastor. Meanwhile, he is ignoring his family and feeling the consequences of his unknowingly, unhealthy behaviors.
The authors do a great job of using the powerful tool of storytelling to unfold the habits that Eric has allowed himself to become accustomed to. The story of Eric is about a leader who is real, someone who is in the trenches of leadership and cannot see outside of himself.
In addition to depicting Eric's unhealthy habits, the authors follow up with a chapter on how to create healthy leadership habits in 5 specific areas. I appreciate that they spent time to think about follow through by including reflection questions at the end of each of these chapters. This will allow you as a reader to really spend some time processing what you've read and talking to God about what He wants you to do with what you just read.
If you have been in any kind of leadership for any amount of time, this book will hit home! You will find yourself over and over again in the story of Eric Newman. You might even feel uncomfortable with the story at some points, because of how much you see yourself in the story. I know I did!
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