Book Review: Indivisible

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 in Blog, Book Reviews | No Comments
Book Review: Indivisible

How do we begin each day to create healthy change and address the challenges of our lives? How do we even start to face the difficulties threatening to overwhelm us and our ability to respond? Christine Marie Mason begins by bringing people together to tell their stories. In her book, Indivisible, her first step is sharing […]

Book Review: Craft Brewed Jesus

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in Blog, Book Reviews | 2 Comments
Book Review: Craft Brewed Jesus

  Gary asked me, “Do you know about Michael Camp? You might like his book.” This was the first time I had talked with Gary, and my introduction to Craft Brewed Jesus. Craft Brewed Jesus tells the story of Michael’s exploration of his faith and spiritual life. Michael’s discoveries along the way convinced him we need a […]

Book Review: Broken Hallelujahs

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Blog, Book Reviews, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Book Review: Broken Hallelujahs

Beth Allen Slevcove is a spiritual director who lives with her family in San Diego, California. We became friends several years ago when we both helped facilitate a retreat for urban leaders in Los Angeles. Beth’s book, Broken Hallelujahs, is a powerful and personal reflection on the losses in our lives. She describes the life journey that […]

Book Review: Finding Livelihood

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Blog, Book Reviews, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Book Review: Finding Livelihood

Many of us struggle with questions of livelihood. What are we drawn to do? Where is the place where our passion meets the world’s need? Can we both make a living and make a meaningful difference? Is it possible for us to do good and do well? For more and more of us, work is where […]

Book Review: Out of the Question

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Book Reviews, Leadership | 2 Comments
Book Review: Out of the Question

The longer I am a leader, the more I realize I do not know. I used to believe leaders knew the right answers. Becoming a leader was about knowing the right things in front of the right people. When we finally knew enough things, we could become leaders. As I gained leadership experience, I learned something ironic. […]

Book Review: The Serving Leader

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, Book Reviews, Leadership | No Comments
Book Review: The Serving Leader

Finding a good book about service and leadership can be difficult for me. Much of what I read seems to be conceptual or theoretical. Some of what I read feels unrealistic or preachy. Leadership is not particularly soft or fluffy for me. I need some handles I can grasp to pull myself forward. The Serving Leader by […]

Book Review: Great Leaders Ask Questions

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, Book Reviews, Leadership | No Comments
Book Review: Great Leaders Ask Questions

I believe in the power of asking good questions and listening to how people respond. There was a time when I thought the most important part of any question was the answer. As an attorney, I cross-examined witnesses. I knew what answers I wanted them to give, and hoped I could fit them together to […]

Book Review: Seeking Surrender

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 in Blog, Book Reviews, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Book Review: Seeking Surrender

Seeking Surrender: How My Friendship With a Trappist Monk Taught Me to Trust and Embrace Life by Colette Lafia is an honest, intimate description of spiritual formation. We are shaped by how we reflect on and come to terms with our experiences. Spiritual life is sparked and stretched by challenges we face, disappointments and discouragements we feel, people […]

Book Review: Wired for Authenticity

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog, Book Reviews, Leadership | No Comments
Book Review: Wired for Authenticity

Wired for Authenticity by Henna Inam is a valuable tool for leaders seeking to lead from their true selves. Henna, who leads Transformational Leadership, Inc., first spells out the case for authentic leadership. On that foundation, she builds a supportive framework of practices to help people become authentic leaders. She concludes by describing how those […]

Book Review: Fight Back With Joy

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 in Blog, Book Reviews, Spiritual Practices | 2 Comments
Book Review: Fight Back With Joy

Margaret Feinberg is a strong woman, a fighter. I first met Margaret a few years ago when I read one of her books, Scouting the Divine. She wrote about finding deep, sacred truth in everyday experience. She had read scripture texts about herding sheep, the sweetness of honey, new wine. She went looking for spiritual life […]