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Monday, September 18, 2006

Book Review

The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur

I received this book Friday night, began reading it Saturday morning, read on and off throughout the day, and completed it at 12:45 AM Sunday morning...that's probably all the review you need.

Instead of borrowing ideas or inspiration from the corporate or military world, MacArthur goes straight to the Word of God. MacArthur establishes that you can't be a leader if no one will follow, therefore, leadership is about influence. Of those born of a man, has anyone had more influence than the apostle Paul?

Biblical--This should not be a surprise to readers/listeners of MacArthur. He does not borrow from business paradigms or from political genius. In fact, he points out that many things like service, humility and selflessness are contrary to many of the worldly strategies. He walks you through texts to help you see God's desire for human leadership.

Practical--However, this book was not written for pastors and missionaries alone. In fact, this book is not reserved just for ministry settings. The principles MacArthur points out are God's desires for leaders, therefore it doesn't matter if that is in a board room, captain of a team, or standing behind a pulpit. MacArthur spells out 26 characteristics of a good leader. These can be applied to any situation, whether you are titled the leader, or if you simply want to influence people.

Passionate--MacArthur loves Paul; it is clearly evident. Many people seem to see MacArthur as this fiery, angry man who only points out everything wrong in the world. This book is not full of critiques of other methods (though that easily could have fit in), but rather a deep admiration of the Apostle Paul's life. Paul intended to be an example, and it is clear MacArthur is trying to follow him. It would be wise for us to follow as well.

Brilliant book. Great read. Go get a copy.


  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger Charity said…

    So I guess reading this book was worth waking me up in the wee hours of the morning when you finally came to bed? :-)

    What do you think MacArthur would have to say about trash-talking via fantasy football websites?

  • At 8:31 AM, Blogger danny2 said…

    before i can answer your question, sweetheart, there are two things that must be done:

    a) we'd have to find out macarthur's opinion of fantasy football. (he did play college ball, so he may have a sweetspot for the pigskin).

    b) we have to discern between "trash talking" and "truth talking!"

    (or is that the kind of comment you're talking about?)


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