Welcome to our stop on the Lead Your Family Like Jesus book tour!
Does your family need a five-star general at the helm?
A psychologist? A referee?
Ken Blanchard, best-selling co-author of The One Minute Managerand Lead Like Jesus, points to a better role model: the Son of God is joined by veteran parents and authors Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer in this new book from Tyndale House Publishers. Renowned business mentor Blanchard shows how every family member benefits when parents take the reins as servant-leaders.Moms and dads will see themselves in a whole new light-as life-changers who get their example, strength, and joy from following Jesus at home. This user-friendly book's practical principles and personal stories mark the path to a truly Christ-centered family, where integrity, love, grace, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness make all the difference.
Review: The authors say "being a parent is probably the most important life-role leadership position you'll ever have, and it begins when you assume responsibility for raising a child". When you stop and think about it, it really is 100% true isn't it?
The book is divided into 4 domain areas of leadership (the 4 H's), that all apply to parenting:
-Heart-character and rules you employ as you lead and influence your children
-Head-your viewpoint and beliefs about leading and influencing your children
-Hands-what you actually DO, when leading and influencing your children
-Habits- how you continually refocus your desire to lead and influence your children as Jesus would have you do.
The chapters then take on different parts of this concept and expound on them. they all include a basic principle, a sample story or two, what would Jesus do/did, ideas for parents, and then pause/reflection on the chapter's contents. Each section of the 4 domains ends with a review page, that brings to one page all the points to ponder for that area. As parents, we are reminded there are 4 areas of response to your kids actions: no response, negative response, positive response and redirection. The first 2 are a leave-alone/zap, which cause children to avoid parents' reactions, whereas the last 2 lead to teaching moments, and lasting memories.
The book would be an excellent study guide for a church parenting class, especially for parents of elementary/tweens, who may have lost their way on a steady influence on their kids in a positive manner, and become more reactionary to their kids' actions.Additional resources are available to go with the book, including daily devotions, study guides, student resources, and interactive programs, to assist in making a program from the book for your church.
It is an interesting and informative book, and one Christian parents should read.
About the Authors:
Tricia Goyer: Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of over thirty books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.
Ken Blanchard: Ken Blanchard, characterized as one of the most insightful and compassionate men in business, is known for his knack for making the complex easy. Ken's passion is to inspire and equip people to lead likeJesus. He may be recognized for his insightful books and theory of leadership, but he is celebrated as a humble man who models what he teaches. Ken is cofounder of Lead Like Jesus and chief spiritual officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies, an organization dedicated to workplace learning, employee productivity, leadership, and team effectiveness.
Phil Hodges: Phil Hodges served as a human resource and industrial relationship manager in corporate America for thirty-six years. He is coauthor of three books:Leadership by the Book with Ken Blanchard and Bill Hybels, and The Servant Leader and Lead Like Jesus with Ken Blanchard.
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