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When Larry Shallenberger announced several months ago that he was planning on doing a book blog tour to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his book, I eagerly signed up. I don’t know Larry personally, but I do follow his comments on Twitter and read his blog, so I kind of feel like I know him even if he doesn’t follow me on Twitter. 🙂 Based on that presumption of relationship, and the generally laid back nature of people in children’s ministry, I will refer to him as Larry throughout this review.
Anyhow, I knew that regardless of what the book was about, Larry’ has a great sense of humor and an easy to read writing style, so I knew reading his book wouldn’t be a complete waste of time. That said, when I found out the topic of the book was leadership, I got just a little bit leery. It’s not that I don’t like reading about leadership or being a leader. I actually do, but the world has plenty of books on leadership, and I have read a bunch of them. It seems the everybody who has ever been a boss or started a ministry or had people report to them has taken it upon themselves to write a book on leadership. After a while, they all just seem to say the same thing – do it my way and you’ll be OK, and it ultimately all runs together into a fuzzy blurry haze in my head. Besides that, I already have a group of people whose writings, podcasts, etc. on topic of leadership I devour. They include people like Andy Stanley, Jim Wideman, and others who I have grown to trust in this area and have learned a lot from. With all due respect to Larry, I wasn’t sure what he could offer that hadn’t either already heard or wasn’t getting from some of the other resources I was reviewing.
There’s an old, slightly cliché, saying that “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” I agree in principal, and Larry’s book turned out to be a prime example of this for me and another reason I try not to let pre-conceived notions totally guide what I choose to read. Now, I’ve never recommended that someone not read this book, but if it hadn’t been for this blog tour, I’m not sure I ever would have read it either. Had that happened, I would have missed out.Read More