- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook Press; First edition (May 16, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578569508
- ISBN-13: 978-1578569502
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leading with a Limp: Turning Your Struggles into Strengths Hardcover – May 16, 2006
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Praise for Leading with a Limp
“There are good books on leadership, but this one is profound. It is better than a ‘how to do it’ book; this is a ‘how to be it’ book for leaders. Dan Allender offers serious wisdom rather than simple platitudes.”
–Mark Sanborn, speaker, leadership consultant, and best-selling author of The Fred Factor
“Not only is Dan Allender a good friend, he is a great leader. In Leading with a Limp, he has shown us how we can effectively lead those allotted to our charge. Read this book...it will bring a lot of things into perspective for you.”
–Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife and coauthor of Moments Together for Couples
“After reading this book, the first two words out of my mouth were ‘At last!’ Amid a deluge of spiritual gifts inventories, at last there is someone who understands how God’s strength is made perfect in our imperfections. At last someone has brought spiritual strengths and spiritual weaknesses into conversation. For Dan Allender, the limp is a limpid way of walking that leads into the very presence of God.”
–Leonard Sweet, author of The Three Hardest Words and Out of the Question…Into the Mystery
“Leading with a Limp is not your basic, cafeteria-brand manual on how to ‘do’ leadership. It is a call to openly face your shortcomings as a leader. Dan Allender reminds us that our greatest asset as leaders is not our competence but the courage to name and deal with our frailties and imperfections.”
–Dr. Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., author, speaker, and senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia
“Once again Dan Allender has propelled us headlong into the paradoxical wonders of the gospel of God’s grace. Leading with a Limp exposes the thin veneer of respectability we leaders try to stretch over our destructive idols of control and pragmatism. In so doing, Allender invites us to the freeing humility of leading as “the chief sinner” in whatever context God has placed us.”
–Scotty Smith, founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and coauthor of Restoring Broken Things
“I often wonder if other people feel the way I do when they read books on leadership. Most of the books are heavy on motivation or strategy or positive thinking. Dan Allender looks at how anyone can move his team–and himself–forward when he is pummeled by circumstances and his heart is fainting. This is real-world stuff, but you’ll have to take off the rose-colored glasses to read it.”
–Bob Lepine, cohost of FamilyLife Today
“Leading with a Limp will have a lasting impact on me; it addressed several issues I’m struggling with at this point in my life and leadership. I thank God for this honest and insightful book!”
–Brian McLaren, pastor, author of The Secret Message of Jesus and A New Kind of Christian
About the Author
Dan B. Allender, PhD, is a founder of Mars Hill Graduate School near Seattle, where he serves as president. He also is a professor of counseling, a therapist in private practice, and a popular speaker. He is the author of a number of books, including To Be Told, How Children Raise Parents, The Healing Path, and The Wounded Heart. Dan and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of three children.
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The title of this work comes from the Biblical account of Jacob's wrestling with God found in Genesis 32:24-32. After spending a lifetime seeking to build a kingdom, this ancient patriarch recognized his inability to craft a perfect life. It took a night of wrestling with the Lord to turn the corner. He surrendered to God's control, but was left with a limp. This physical reminder of weakness would help Jacob remember that the blessings of life came not from his own hand but from the Lord. It is a lesson that all leaders must learn. No one has the capability to carry out responsibility with perfect wisdom, strength, or sustainability. Sinfully weak but sanctified believers must look to the Lord and His guidance. Honesty and authenticity are the place to begin. From this powerful admission, the author seeks to build a lifestyle of leadership that is directed and upheld by the hand of God.
As president of Mars Hill Graduate School, Dan B. Allender practices leadership while at the same time preparing future leaders for service. His qualifications are apparent and his logic is sound as the book unfolds chapter by chapter. The only drawback to this particular work is found in its intended audience. Although seemingly written for Christian readership, the content seems to lose its consistency as it generalizes truths so as not to isolate a secular audience. Therefore some passages are quite focused on Christ-centered leadership while other portions of the book barely reference a scripture passage. This oscillation makes the book somewhat uneven. In addition, the author makes use of politically-correct gender pronouns rather than the classical term "he" which used to convey a neutral connotation. The constant switch of "he" to "she" from one paragraph to the next becomes rather confusing and often slows down the text as one is left to figure out if the term is meant in the general sense or in reference to a particular person. Aside from these few quibbles, the book's benefit is quite useful for leaders struggling under the weight of great responsibility.
Every moment of every day is affected by leadership. Whether it be at work, at school, or at home, our lives are affected by the decisions of our personal leadership or by the leaders above us.
Leadership is certainly not for the weak. Or is it?
This is the theme of Dan Allender’s Leading with a Limp. When we think of leaders, we tend to think of men and women who live in their own personal solar system. These leaders are different. They only work. They never stop. They don’t look, sound, or act like us. They seem to be of another species. However, this view of leadership is skewed and only found in our heads.
Allender points us to the leaders God chose throughout the Bible. The most revealing fact is that almost every single leader we find in the Scriptures are chosen by God and only accepted reluctantly by the person. God delights finding men or women who do not seek out glory or position, but God’s glory and merely results.
Leading with a Limp is a great reminder that society’s definition of leadership does not equal God’s definition.