Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What I'm Reading

I have been reading this book by Leonard Sweet for several weeks. It has been a tough one to get through, but not for the reason you might think. He just says so much in this book that it took some time to digest each bit before moving on to the next part of it. I really enjoyed this book as I felt the author was challenging me to think beyond the usual ideal of being a leader and more about being a follower of Jesus first and then a leader.

From the book:

"It's time to leave the leadership obsession behind. It's never been about leading.

“Leadership” has become a runaway obsession for those who are called to equip the body of Christ for service in the Kingdom of God. The concept of “followership” is all but lost in the wake of this leadership fetish, a near hypnotic obsession. Jesus’ clear call, and the pattern of New Testament leadership, are actually found in a pattern of followership. We’ve been told otherwise but when it comes to a movement in our churches, our families, or the workplace, everything rises or falls on followership. Sweet proposes an intentional shift from leadership cults to followership cultures. He critiques the issue of leadership obsession but focuses on reigniting a passion for the "follow me" theme found throughout the gospels and the entire New Testament. Building on a set of metaphors/images, he stirs the imagination by showing what it means to be a follower of Christ and explains the vital cog that followership and the first follower play in helping others enter into the Kingdom of God.

I Am A Follower moves readers:

--from leaders that are over to followers that are among
--from sages and gurus to scouts and guides
--from Saul's armor to David's sling
--from having the right answers to asking the right questions
--from architects to gardeners"

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