The Best Leadership Book I Have Ever Read I Found By Accident
Some moments feel more holy in hindsight.
It was 32 years ago. For some reason I see myself from above, there in that bookstore. Floor-to-ceiling shelves behind me, rows of titles up to my chest in front of me. It was a smorgasbord to my just-born-again spirit, insatiably hungry for truth.
Why that title, white text on a slender, gray-blue spine, caught my eye, I don’t know. A Harmony of the Words and Works of Jesus Christ. Maybe it was the word Jesus. Scan my bookshelves today and you will see a disproportionate number of Jesus titles. I’ve always been a sucker for them. I guess I was even then. I tilted it out and opened it, and what I found was nothing but Bible verses. The four Gospels, arranged chronologically, parallel passages side-by-side.
I had stumbled upon a treasure. The unaltered life of Christ.
It is still my favorite book. I read it at least once a year, sometimes twice. And whenever I am not reading it, I miss it. Its pages, graffitied with faded notes and fresh highlights, feel like home.
The spine gave out years ago. Now it is held together by a three-ring binder. I recommended it, every chance I get, as the best leadership tool I had every found. I study it, a page a week, with my staff. I have given it to every ministry leader at my church. I have studied it with my son.
I had no idea, when I walked into that bookstore three decades ago, that it was holy ground. But if I could return to it today, I just might remove my shoes.
Oh, how I love that book. Oh, how I love that Man.