Three Must-Read Kindle Books for Christian Leaders

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Christian leadership can be defined by distinct characteristics: the heart of a servant; the sacrifice of self in service to others; and an acknowledgement that leadership begins on the inside, is nurtured through divine guidance and is humbly revealed to others on the outside.

While it is true that Christian leadership is marked by humility, do no mistake humbleness for weakness. Leaders that have the ability to serve with an attitude of humility possess a rare strength: confidence that is grounded in sacrifice, forged through wisdom, and refined by an ongoing relationship with God.

There are a number of Kindle books that can be helpful in developing Christian leaders. Listed below are three must-read Kindle books for men and women of God that seek to further their knowledge and improve their leadership abilities.

1. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You” by John Maxwell

John Maxwell is a renowned writer, speaker and consultant with over 30 years of leadership experience – and he is also a Christian. Maxwell has successfully bridged the gap between secular and Christian leadership groups. From leading a growing church community to advising Fortune 500 companies, John Maxwell has a wealth of experience on the topic of leadership.

Learning to lead is a lifelong endeavor. In “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, Maxwell shares with his readers the key leadership lessons that he has learned during his lifetime.

Starting with ” The Law of the Lid” and finishing with “The Law of Legacy”, this book is an invaluable tool for leaders at any stage in their careers. It is a resource that will be referred to often.

Christian leaders that read this book will be well-educated and prepared for a life dedicated to leadership and service.

2. “The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership” by James C. Hunter

“The Servant” is an inspiring story about the true nature of leadership. The book introduces readers to successful business executive John Daily. While outwardly successful, his personal life is in shambles and quickly unraveling. He reluctantly agrees to attend a retreat at a Benedictine monastery in an attempt to get back on track.

Initially skeptical, John meets Brother Simon – a monk with a surprising past. Brother Simon soon begins to teach John that true leadership has nothing to do with power or position; it begins by taking a hard look at yourself.

This book is recommended for Christian leaders as it embodies many of the characteristics of Christ: humility, sacrifice, and love. It may be a short read, but it will have a long-lasting impact.

3. “Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the Box” by Arbinger Institute

“Leadership and Self Deception” is an interesting story that teaches leaders about the concepts of self-deception and self-betrayal. The book further explains that acts of self-betrayal lead to a false sense of justification and ultimately self-deception.

These concepts are revealed through the eyes of Tom Callum, a newly hired senior manager at the Zagrum Company. Bud Jefferson, an executive at the company, acts as a mentor to Tom and leads him through a “guided discovery” and helps Tom to see the truth about his attitudes and actions.

This book is recommended for Christian leaders because it touches on a key theme in Christian leadership: authentic leadership begins with the heart. A person’s heart will dictate beliefs. Beliefs belie thoughts, thoughts drive attitudes, and attitudes determine actions. True change must begin in the heart.

While there are a number of Kindle Books that are well-suited for Christian leaders, the three mentioned above are excellent resources and must-read books.

The criteria used for selecting these three books is based on attributes that are associated with Christianity and Christian leadership: a servant’s heart, the sacrifice of self to help others and an acknowledgement that true leadership begins in the heart.

This is a guest post.  Sarah Wexler is a Bible school teacher and guest author at Christian Degree Programs, a site with reviews of top-rated online Christian degree programs.

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