Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
A couple of years ago a friend – Steve Wiens – encouraged me to read Strengthening The Soul Of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton. I was not disappointed.
Strengthening The Soul Of Your Leadership began, “This is a book about the soul—your soul, my soul and the soul of our leadership. When I refer to the soul, I am not talking about some ill-defined, amorphous, soft-around-the-edges sort of thing. I am talking about the part of you that is most real—the very essence of you that God knew before he brought you forth in physical form, the part that will exist after your body goes into the ground. This is the “you” that exists beyond any role you play, any job you perform, any relationship that seems to define you, or any notoriety or success you may have achieved. It is the part of you that longs for more of God than you have right now, the part that may, even now, be aware of “missing” God amid the challenges of life…”
I love how Ruth began, and the book’s honest vulnerability, insightful comments, and challenging observations have kept me returning to her writings. Most recently I purchased her book Sacred Rhythms.
Today and tomorrow I’m at a conference Ruth is speaking at.
This weekend Ruth is speaking at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, MN if you’re interested and available, join us.
Oh, and Ruth wrote on Steve Wiens’ blog yesterday. Good stuff. You might wanna check it out.