Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

"I'm tired of helping others enjoy God." "I just want to enjoy God for myself." With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with penetrating insight from the life of Moses, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership explores to "I'm tired of helping others enjoy God." "I just want to enjoy God for myself." With this painful admission, Ruth Haley B...

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Title:Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry
Author:Ruth Haley Barton
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Genres:Leadership
ISBN:Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:228 pages pages

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  • Eddy Ekmekji
    Jun 01, 2014
    Excellent read! She dives into the life of Moses and extracts lessons of leadership and spiritual formation. I read this book very slowly ( a chapter a week) and feel compelled to re-read it because of her insights and my desire to get that much more out of it. Highly recommend it! ...
  • James
    Apr 19, 2018
    It took me too long to get around to Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. I am a Ruth Haley Barton fan and I've read several of her books: Invitation to Solitude and Silence (IVP 2004), Sacred Rhythms (IVP 2006), Life Together in Chr...
  • Samuel
    Dec 27, 2009
    When I first starting reading, it took me a little while to get into the book. The more I read, the more I liked it. Learning how to connect more intimately with God will help us connect with that which will help us to lead others more effectively. ...
  • Brent
    Jan 18, 2017
    This is a book that should be sipped and taken in a bit at at time. It is densely packed with wise reflections on leadership brought partially out of the biblical account of Moses and partially out of the author's personal successes and failures in leadership. ...
  • Jo Ann
    Jul 28, 2018
    A good book and resource. I always appreciate the way Ruth Hailey Barton keeps it practical and has guides for reflection and prayer along the way. ...
  • Kim
    Nov 08, 2017
    Barton connects the journey of transformation with leadership in an articulate, enlightening way. Leadership is a crucible which reveals the true self for those with the strength, honesty, and endurance to be willing to do the inner work required for transformation. She offers gr...
  • Adam Houser
    Feb 22, 2018
    This was a very timely book for me to read. Haley Barton writes in an engaging and personal way. I felt cared for and challenged by this book. One major takeaway is the idea of prayer as holding someone up in the Holy Spirit. We do not always have words for how to pray for someone, but...
  • Sam
    Jul 28, 2018
    Barton encourages spiritual leaders to lead out of who they are from God's presence, their true authentic self (soul) rather than a false, broken self. She discusses practices of solitude, listening to God, discernment, isolation, intercession, and other points while using Moses' life ...
  • Nancy
    Jan 09, 2019
    Some very good thoughts but a bit too long for me. Good use of Moses as leadership figure! Had not thought about a lot of these points. ...
  • Brandon Stiver
    Mar 10, 2018
    I'm so thankful for this book. I read this book at a time where I really needed the message and Ruth Barton has such a masterful handle of the material and it's presentation. The highest praise that I could give this book is her ability to articulate into words emotional and spiritual ...
  • Cheryl Boyd
    Mar 03, 2017
    A leadership book with a contemplative perspective. This book is a rare gem. It resonated with me and challenged me in my leadership journey. I highly recommend it. It is great material to go through together with other leaders. It will encourage depth and honesty. It will surface lead...
  • Justin Farley
    Mar 31, 2012
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  • Cristine Braddy
    Mar 15, 2015
    This book!!! I will read the story of Moses and the Israelites differently. She brought to the surface the struggles Moses faced and at the same time brought the struggles of my heart to the surface. I will definitely read this again. ...
  • Daniel
    May 23, 2018
    The theme of the book is that true leadership requires solitary times with God. I really resonated with the beginning of the book, which emphasized this theme, because it's really true of life in general, not just leadership. But as the book progresses - it looks at the progression of ...
  • Jeannie
    Jan 21, 2019
    I?ve often wondered why our faith communities struggle with good godly leadership. This book opened my eyes to several aspects I hadn?t thought of before. Using the life of Moses as a guide, the author shares truths about the inner life of a spiritually strong leader. Definitely...
  • Joshua
    Oct 15, 2016
    This book could have been retitled easily as ?Leadership Principles from the Life of Moses?. Barton has masterfully mined nuggets of practical wisdom and truths from the greatest patriarch of Israel for today's Christian leaders. Overall, this book hits all the right spots on ?st...
  • Jaymee Pilarta
    Nov 05, 2018
    Every time I read about Moses' relationship with God I am filled with longing, and it is not the longing to get somewhere?although there are always new places to get to. It is the longing to be a certain kind of person. A person who knows God. A person who is faithful against all odd...
  • Matt Garm
    Jan 25, 2018
    The final chapter of this book is fantastic, and moves my review from 3 to 4 stars. ...
  • Nicholas Varady-szabo
    Sep 08, 2018
    Barton takes a very poetic approach, and uses Moses story as a springboard to exploring leadership in this book. At times she is profound, at times her points were over my head. Undoubtedly she has experienced and witnessed both the joys and tragedies of Christian leadership, and so wr...
  • Michele Morin
    Jul 10, 2018
    Encased in a body that you recognize in the mirror, your soul is the ?you? that?s always been there peering back from your reflection. It?s the part of you that infuses all the roles you play (parent, spouse, friend, leader, employee), and it?s what makes those roles uniquely...
  • Brianna Seeberger
    Mar 24, 2018
    Insightful, powerful and truly life changing. Knowing the importance of little things in your faith and how those aspects build your leadership is essential to guiding others in faith. She breaks down the struggles of Moses into those of everyday leaders in the modern era that are rela...
  • Margaret Hamilton
    Jan 21, 2019
    A great book - perfectly dovetailing with Ken Boa's book about living in the presence of God. I was not familiar with Ruth Haley Barton, but it has whetted my appetite for more, and I ordered two more of her books. A wonderful portrayal of the life of Moses, so much so that I am going ...
  • Rob O'Lynn
    Oct 01, 2015
    If you are in leadership, you NEED to read this book. I was, again, delightfully impressed with Barton's writing style and content. This is a wonderful follow-up to her previous work Sacred Rhythms, an introductory text on spiritual formation. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership ...
  • Grant E. Dawson
    Feb 12, 2018
    Perfect for my sabbatical from ministry. Would highly recommend to anyone in Christian leadership who is facing fatigue/burnout and needs to reconnect with their soul. Gave it four stars instead of five because there were some chapters that I would have rather just skipped while oth...
  • Aaron Case
    May 04, 2019
    As a Christian leader I am regularly fed a steady stream of leadership content promising such things as "5 Ways to Greater Influence Others" or "Learn These Tricks to Calendar Like a High Impact Leader." There can be value to some of that content, but this book is different. This book ...
  • Luke Koskinen
    Jun 29, 2018
    ?Is it possible for a leader to have encountered God so richly that no matter what we are working toward here on this earth, we know we already have what we most deeply want? the presence of God, that which can never be taken from us?? Fantastic book about the joys and challenges...
  • Kat Anundson
    Jul 29, 2017
    This- "the soul is like a wild animal- tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy. It knows how to survive in hard places. But it is also shy. Just like a wild animal, it seeks safety in the dense underbrush. If we want to see a wild animal, we know the last thing we should do is go crashing...
  • Tim
    Jan 29, 2018
    As always, Ruth Haley Barton is an excellent writer and really digs down deep into the heart of the matter. She takes us through the journey of Moses until his death as it parallels the life lessons of a leader. I was especially blessed by the chapter on the calling. For any spiritual ...
  • Carrie Kann
    Apr 01, 2019
    One of the best leadership books I've read. Barton uses the life of Moses to draw out what it means to be a healthy leader within your own soul, and as soon as I was finished, I was ready to pick it back up and read it again. Phenomenal read. ...
  • Michael Eckhardt
    Aug 24, 2018
    I think this is probably my favorite leadership book I've ever read, largely because it's aimed at being the kind of person who can actually be a spiritual leader, and has very little to say about models or strategies-- except for the strategy of being a person who has truly been touch...