"This is the best book on Christian Leadership I've read."
"As a young pastor, J. Oswald Sanders' book Spiritual Leadership was the first book I read that awakened me to the subject of leadership. It started me on a 25-plus year journey of teaching leadership to pastors and lay people. No other book has influenced my life the way this one has."
Author, Speaker and Founder-The INJOY Group
"Spiritual Leadership should be the constant companion of every undershepherd in the Savior's service. Most helpful is the fact that its emphasis is not on methods, but on character, passion, and godliness. I read it often to regrip the basic perspectives of my task, and have given it to the entire leadership team in our church."
John MacArthur, Jr.
Pastor-Teacher-Grace Community Church
With more than 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership has proven itself a timeless classic in teaching the principles of leadership. J. Oswald Sanders presents and illustrates those principles through biographies of eminent men of God - men such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, and Charles Spurgeon.
Christianity needs a powerful voice in today's world. Such a voice can come only from strong leaders guided by God and devoted to Christ. Spiritual Leadership will encourage you to place your talents and powers at His disposal so you can become a leader used for His glory.
This edition of Spiritual Leadership has been been completely revised. The language is updated with a modern flavor and a study guide has been added, designed as a tool to help you grow and successfully apply the principles in this classic book.
- The age of the book often has little to do with the quality of its advice.
Spiritual Leadership is packed with wise spiritual and leadership advice. This is not a new book, the original version was published in the 1960s. The version I read (on audiobook) was re-edited in 2007 to update the language and few of the illustrations. I appreciate the updating. It feels like a fairly modern book on leadership, with the real depth of spiritual content that is often only in books written in the 19th century.
In many ways it feels like a modern attempt at writing Proverbs. Much of the writing is pithy and direct, moving quickly from one idea to another. Spiritual Leaderhip is extremely quoteable. (Even though Grover Gardner does an excellent job on the narration in the audiobook, I think many people will prefer the Kindle or paper version so that you can highlight and refer to great quotes.)
Time after time, when I started to raise objections in my head, J. Oswald Sanders was right there balancing out in wise and humble words, a point that could be taken too far one way or another. The sections on prayer and time I think were especiallly helpful.
The only negative is that I think that at times there was a real sense of the book caught in the culture of the 1960s. Sanders speaks of efficiency and management in a way that I wonder about some of his priorities. For instance in speaking of leisure time, he allows for 3 hours of time a day for eating and conversation with family. But I am not sure if family is something that should be time managed in this way. On the other hand, most families don’t spend 3 hours a day together in real conversation and meaningful play. So maybe he is right that we can do more with our time if we really value it. Another example of the modernist view is the section on being alone in leadership. Post-modern leadership is often part of a team and even when some decisions have to be made alone, there is often a sense of cooperation in healthy leadership situations. Sanders speaks of the aloneness of leadership as a sign of God’s favor.
As I was finishing up Spiritual Leadership I was also starting a Read Again reading of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. I would not read them at the same time because there is a lot of overlapping content. Spiritual Leadership is really about being a leader and what you need to do to prepare yourself for leadership. But the spiritual disciples section of the book was really just a shorter version of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. I recommend both, but most likely I would read one and then wait six months and read the other. They will be good to continue to encourage you to pick up spiritual disciplines that you are still lacking.
Even if there are a few concerns, this is an older book worth your time.
- Absolute gem
No doubt about it this is one of the top books I've ever come across full of such truth and wisdom I know it's a bit cliche but every Christian should own this book
- Highly Recommended
Any new leader or leader-in-training would be wise to understand and apply the principles and foundational Scriptural truths that apply to all areas of leadership. This is not a "What to do, to be a good leader book", the 'what' you will have to determine for yourself, it is the focus on the traits of a leader and leadership that this book focuses on. And not just leadership in general, but "Spiritual Leadership".
This is a great book for anyone interested in spiritual leadership, although you don't need to be involved in an official leadership position to get the most out of the book, all Christians are leaders, whether parents, husbands, or just leading another to Christ.
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- Great principles for any Christian
This is a great audio-book for anyone interested in spiritual leadership, although you don't need to be involved in leadership to get the most out of the book.
Using a wonderful variety of leaders (from biblical to contemporary) as examples to draw on Sanders uses their traits to explain the principles for Christians to grow in spiritual leadership.
- Grover Gardner narrates this well-known classic...
Grover Gardner narrates this well-known classic about leadership principles with simple clarity. In moderate tones he illustrate timeless values drawn from the lives of biblical characters, such as David, Moses, and the Apostle Paul, before exemplifying the qualities of more current leaders. He emphasizes that the call to leadership comes from God and discusses the necessities of discipline, vision, and humility, among other necessary attributes. In the author's modern, easy-to-understand language, he describes leaders' traits and explains why personal growth and prayer are important. Gardner's persuasive tone encourages leaders to act with integrity and patience as they seek God's guidance and develop the need to trust Him for personal growth. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]