“Leadership by the Book: Lessons from Every Book of the Bible” by Brent Garrison


Brent Garrison
Elevate Faith (2016)
ISBN 9781943425020
Reviewed by Josh Cramer for Reader Views (7/17)

As someone who tries to practice leadership principles in all of my relationships, I very much appreciate what Brent Garrison has accomplished in “Leadership by The Book: Lessons from Every Book of the Bible.” He has taken a lesson on leadership from each book of the Bible. While some lessons seem to be stretching, most are very applicable to everyday life and the real-life leadership situations we encounter.

The book is divided into 66 chapters (one for each book of the Bible) and each chapter is broken into 3 parts:

1.    The applicable verses for the day

2.    A leadership lesson

3.    Reflections on Leadership with questions that should be answered in a personal leadership journal

To give you an example of what this looks like, I will use the lesson from the book of Leviticus. In this lesson, Garrison teaches from chapter 4, verses 22-26. These verses detail what a leader should do when they unintentionally sin (how often do you think about your unintentional sins, right?)

Garrison uses this example to show how leaders do not get to live completely private lives and must always be vigilant to let their light shine before all people. He takes the idea of recognizing our sin and then juxtaposes it against the importance of apologizing when we are wrong, which, and here is the leadership lesson, “instill a higher sense of loyalty from those [we] lead.”  After the lesson, it is time to answer questions in our leadership journal, like, “Do you struggle as a leader having others confront you about words or actions? Consider your reaction when others confront you to ensure that your reaction aligns with Scripture.” Finally, he finishes the chapter with leadership quotes from known leadership experts like Dale Carnegie, Vince Lombardi, and Tony Robbins.

As the author points out, if you are serious about your leadership journey, you will take his advice and keep a leadership journal on a regular basis. If you are not, then you won’t. Garrison recommends that keeping such a journal will help you get the most from this book.

If you are a leader of people at all (and who isn’t? Family, home, church, etc.), I strongly recommend “Leadership by the Book: Lessons from Every Book of the Bible” by Brent Garrison. I recommend this book even if you are not a Christ-follower—the principles are sound and built on excellent arguments. As a leader, you owe it to yourself to check this out. You will not be disappointed.

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