Friday, April 12, 2013

Lead Your Family Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges & Tricia Goyer Reviewed

About the Book: (from Tyndale Publishing)
Does your family need a five-star general at the helm? A psychologist? A referee? Ken Blanchard, best-selling co-author of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus, points to a better role model: the Son of God. Joined by veteran parents and authors Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer, renowned business mentor Blanchard shows how every family member benefits when parents take the reins as servant-leaders. Moms and dads will see themselves in a whole new light—as life-changers who get their example, strength, and joy from following Jesus at home. This user-friendly book’s practical principles and personal stories mark the path to a truly Christ-centered family, where integrity, love, grace, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness make all the difference.

My Thoughts:

Leading your family starts with being led by Jesus.  Being led by Jesus is all about turning to Him, following Him, and knowing He’s not only walking beside you on your journey as a patent; He’s doing so with tender, loving care.” (p. 186)

Lead You Family Like Jesus is a practical book that teaches some very common sense knowledge that most parents overlook in the day-to-day challenges and struggles.  Parenting is a life-long journey, and it’s never too early or too late to improve or change your parenting skills.  Most importantly, it’s never too early or too late to change and improve your relationship with your Heavenly Father – the model for your earthly parenting! 

Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer each bring unique insight to parenting.  Each chapter gives the individual authors a chance to speak to the issues that God has developed in their own parenting relationships.   The result is a very thorough, scripturally sound and practical guidance on parenting children of all ages.  There are Pause and Reflect passages that allow the reader to digest what has been taught in each section, and there are also passages at the end of each section in the book that briefly touches on the main points of that section.  These tools make it easy to identify passages that you want to re-visit.

In truth, this is a book you want to keep handy and re-read.  As  your children grow and change, and your relationship with them grows and changes, the principles in the book will have greater and different meaning.  This is an excellent parenting tool, and parents of ALL AGES would benefit from its contents!  I am happy to recommend this book to EVERYONE!

About the Authors:
Ken Blanchard, characterized as one of the most insightful and compassionate men in business, is known for his knack for making the complex easy. Ken's passion is to inspire and equip people to lead like Jesus. He may be recognized for his insightful books and theory of leadership, but he is celebrated as a humble man who models what he teaches. Ken is co-founder of Lead Like Jesus and chief spiritual officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies, an organization dedicated to workplace learning, employee productivity, leadership, and team effectiveness.

Tricia Goyer is the author of over 30 books and has been published in many national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today's Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She has won numerous awards and has been nominated for both the Gold Medallion Book Award and Christy Award. Tricia is a highly sought after speaker at workshops and conferences and is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana. Tricia is married to the love of her life, John, and they have four great kids. They live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife.

Phil Hodges A human resource and industrial relations manager in corporate America for 36 years with Xerox Corporation and U.S. Steel, co- founder of Lead Like Jesus; co-author of five books, including The Servant Leaderand Leadership by the Book with Bill Hybels.

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