Lead For God’s Sake, a book that says it is parable for finding the heart of leadership, pulled me in with effective marketing.
“This is a book I could not put down. Every parent, coach, manager, and leader should read it. I wish I had read it 30 years ago.” Lou Holtz
“One of the most powerful books I have ever read.” Urban Meyer
The book must be good – right?
It starts out by telling the story of janitor cleaning an office building and quickly switches to a coach and his basketball team. The team starts loosing, the coach’s family life is going down the drain, and he seems to be questioning life as many of us do. I’ll admit I started to regret my decision to read this book. Basketball? Not only have I never played but I couldn’t even play if I want to. Pretty sure I can’t make a basket and it is one of those sports that I don’t keep up other than knowing that our local team is the Wizards and I want them to win because my mom likes them.
But I pressed on.
I started the book, I wanted to finish.
The more I read the more I felt like I had judged the book wrong. Yes the parable used basketball, so what I did to make it more relatable was think it was a football team. Why? Because I enjoy watching football, so it just made more sense to me thinking that it was some big high school or college football team.
As I neared the end of the book I found myself completely in shock. I thought to myself, wow, this will teach you not to judge a book by the first couple of chapters ever again. It honestly was one of the best books I’ve ever read because it got me thinking.
It got me thinking about how I raise my children. I think that the threat of looming punishment will get them to care more, to live with heart. This book helped me to see what I was doing wrong and right in how I lead my children. My kids are my little team. I am helping mold their lives. I need to make sure my priorities are straight and that I care about the right things, so they care. I need to be there for them not only in the physical sense but in the emotional sense. I need to lead.
I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes from the book I liked:
“He taught me to build an unshakable foundation for life on a relationship with Jesus, and then build on that foundation by fostering all other relationships around me”
“This influence on others, when genuinely motivated by love, is essentially how God works through us. When we have truly grasped this truth about our purpose, we’ll take on a sense of urgency in helping others find this truth, too. We are called to leadership because we are called to influence others in the right ways and for the right reasons.”
“And the best way to share this message is to actually be this message – be a person who loves others and a person who strives to be the best that they can be while loving others, too. That’s what real excellence in leadership is all about.”
I recommend this book hands down. Because it is written from the point of view of a male coach of a basketball team, I am more inclinded to say that it would make a good gift for a guy in your life, but I enjoyed it too, so it’s probably equally good for both men and women. If you are a Christian and struggle with what the true meaning of leadership is and how you can lead for God’s sake, then check this book out.
Note: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid for this review and the opinions are my own.