Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lead Your Family Like Jesus

imageLead Your Family Like Jesus – Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families
Written by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodgest and Tricia Goyer
Published at Tyndale

About the book

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.

Who are 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 cofounder 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.

Phil Hodges is 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 Lead Like Jesus, The Servant Leader and Leadership by the Book with Bill Hybels.

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.

My Thoughts

I was really excited when I was approached with the opportunity to review this book.  My husband had gone through Lead Like Jesus a few years ago with the leadership team of our church and I had heard great things about it.  I never had the time to read the book that he read but it was on my books to read list for the future.  So when this opportunity crossed my path as a blogger, I jumped on it knowing that I could take good information from it.   It took quite some time to receive the book mainly because I am in Canada and the postal service was slower than usual.

Lead Your Family Like Jesus is what I consider the parenting book to read in 2013.  It will encourage you and help you to become a better parent.  The book is divided in four parts in which all three authors have written about.  Part I will concentrate on the heart.   In the three chapters within this section you will discover how to have an eternal perspective, how to be humble and how to focus on God.   Part II of the book will lead you on the head part of your parenting – discover your family mission, say yes to the best and no to the rest, and know the difference between a crisis versus a bump in the road.  Part III of this book will highlights the importance of the hands in your parenting.   You will learn how to make the most of the childrearing years, how to help you kids succeed, and how to inspire obedience versus rebellion.  Finally, Part IV of the book will focus on the habits that are good to develop as parents – time with God (perspective from a dad and a mom) and how to turn mistakes into opportunities of forgiveness and grace.

As a homeschooling mom, I find it essential for me to read inspiring books about parenting in order for me to be energized and encouraged.   This year, I had the opportunity to attend the homeschool conference which I wasn’t capable to do in the past two years.  I have seen a huge difference as my spirit lifted and felt encouraged to pursue this road with our family.   I missed it.   I am realizing that in the past two years or so I also missed on being encourage as a parent and this book has been a delight for me.   I am inspired to focus our family on serving more and I was encourage with the Scriptures found in this book.

The authors have giving me a new perspective in my parenting skills and reading about Tricia Goyer’s view on each part of the book was encouraging to me because I knew she homeschooled her kids.    Reading about her thoughts was the highlights of the reading of this book.    I still have a couple of chapters to go through because I find it essential for me to ponder and reflect on what I have read before I continue.   

I highly recommend this book for every Christian parents out there.  It will be a blessing for your family to read this book.

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Disclaimer: Thanks to Tyndale and Litfuse for sending me the products for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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