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No one would invite the apostle Paul to speak at a leadership summit. Our culture celebrates the strong, the persuasive, and the successful, so we’d struggle to listen to an unimpressive, suffering man who had been abandoned by many of his friends. Few leadership books list suffering like Paul’s as a prerequisite for effective leadership, but in From Weakness to Strength: 8 Vulnerabilities That Can Bring Out the Best in Your Leadership, Nashville pastor Scott Sauls shows leaders how God uses their difficulties to display his power.
Sauls uses Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12) to describe the struggles, obstacles, and challenges leaders face. Each chapter walks through one of eight common thorns—ambition, isolation, criticism, envy, insecurity, anticlimax, opposition, and suffering—to show how God showcases his grace through our weakness.
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No one would invite the apostle Paul to speak at a leadership summit.
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While we hear “thorn in the flesh” and immediately think about difficulties that befall us from outside, Sauls reminds leaders that we’re often our own worst enemy. Yes, leaders face criticism and suffering, but they also languish in isolation, envy, and unfulfilled personal ambition.
David C. Cook (2017). 208 pp. $22.99.
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In this honest book, pastor and author Scott Sauls exposes the real struggles that Christian leaders and pastors regularly face. Sauls shares his own stories and those of other leaders from Scripture and throughout history to remind us that we are human, we are sinners, and we need Jesus to help us thrive as people and leaders.
For Christian leaders—both inside and outside of the church—weaknesses that are left unchecked can lead to a downfall that is both public and painful. They want to lead with character and live like Jesus, but ambition, isolation, criticism, envy, anticlimax, opposition, restlessness, and insecurity can get in the way. From Weakness to...
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