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Book Title: Courageous Leadership|
The author of the book: Bill Hybels
Date of issue: August 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780310248231
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 28.35 MB
Read full description of the books Courageous Leadership:I am judging this book based on what it bills itself as: a book on leadership. On that basis, the book does not deliver.
The biggest drawback to this book is that Hybels dwells too much on his own success, his own unique ministry, and his own style of leadership. Little of this can be applied universally. I also soon realized that Hybels has a penchant for dwelling overly-long on illustrations that no normal leader can connect with (examples include: whisking his inner core of leaders off on week-long a Carribean vacation, having a Harvard and Standford MBA on his executive staff, struggling to unite his hundreds of staff under a single vision for the church.) At one point he chaffs over churches that remain relatively small and don't grow to dominate their communities. This causes him to short-circuit any potential advice he might have given to the thousands of leaders and pastors who have a call to a modest flock. As a leadership book, then, this book is (unintentionally?) aimed at the highest echelon of leaders.
If there is a strength to the book it's Hybels ability to inspire the reader by his own personal charisma. From what I've seen, this is quite typical for Hybels: there is just something about the guy. He's not a sage or a firebrand; but the charisma he gives off is unimaginably attractive--it's fitting for the guy who encourages us to be "Contagious Christians".
My suggestion for readers is to approach this book as a leadership memoir. If the book had been billed as a memoir I would have been quite impressed and would have ended up with a 4 or 5 star rating. It is impressive to watch Hybels ministry grow from the destitution of his early ministry to the impressively influential church that Willow Creek has become. I was inspired to continue on in the tough times of my career by watching how God led Hybels through twists and turns.
But for now I'll judge the book by its cover and give it a lower rating as a leadership book.
Read information about the authorBill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Hybels received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson, Henry.
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