"In the Name of Jesus" by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Posted 27 days ago

Henri Nouwen's life story and his work with the L'Arche Daybreak community gave him the platform to write this great little book on Christian leadership for the future. This book was published back in 1989 so obviously, the future is now.

I received this book as a gift at the Global Digital Strategies Summit last week.

Nouwen's ability to capture my attention with a story of how he was going to give a talk but God gave him a partner in the process, had me wanting to skip to the end to finish that thread. Thankfully, I did not. 

I enjoyed his three distinct points based on Jesus' leadership as seen through the temptations that Satan brought to him.

My favourite quote came early in the book.

"... I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self."

- Nouwen Pg 30

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a quick read (it took me an hour) on Christian leadership, regardless of whether you lead a large team or serve a small group. I would even recommend that anyone who does not "officially" lead anyone to read it and learn from it as it teaches us the posture we need to take.

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