In the fall of 2013 God began to pepper me with verses about “loving your neighbor”. It was in my BSF Bible study. It popped up in a Christian fiction book I was reading. It seemed as if everywhere I turned, God was telling me to “love my neighbor”, but I didn’t know why.
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Girls, I am super excited to recommend a brand new book on leadership to you today! One lucky reader will even win their very own copy (details below). Giveaway is over – sorry!
One of my goals this year is to read books on leadership, both for my growth and for the purpose of sharing great resources with my readers.
You are going to want to get a copy of this book! 🙂
A self-proclaimed “leadership junkie,” Jenni Catron spends her days serving as the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, a 10-year old multi-site church. She leads the staff of Cross Point and oversees the ministry of its multiple campuses. Prior to joining the staff of Cross Point, she worked as Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry for 9 years. Clout is her second book.
Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence is divided into 2 distinct parts. Part 1 walks readers through seven clout killers (among them fear, jealousy, insecurity, and control). Part 2 explores four “clout cultivators” providing the reader with practical advice and actions to take which will help the reader to unleash their God-given influence.
Discovery Steps at the end of each chapter ends allow the reader to reflect and apply that chapter’s content. Whether you think you deal with an issue or not, Jenni poses questions which cause you to dig deep to unveil the state of your heart. I found the Discovery Steps unveiled some issues I didn’t even know I needed to deal with. Ouch.
That being said, some might feel this book should come with a box of Band-Aids – you’re going to get your toes stepped on repeatedly. Come prayed up and prepared to attack the enemies head on that limit your God-given influence.
Biblical examples throughout the book remind us that we are not alone in our struggles. Jenni shares (sometimes) painstakingly honest examples from her own life to shed light on challenging areas in our own.
I found it most helpful to break it down and read just one chapter at a time, letting the thoughts, ideas, and information marinate.
Chapter 4: One of the most important lessons we have to learn about unleashing our God-given influence is that it is not simply for our benefit. It is for God’s plan and purpose to be accomplished through us for the blessing of others.
Chapter 4: Generous leaders are contagious. Generosity multiplies our clout.
Chapter 7: Leaders who overcome the clout killer of control create cultures where peace and patience are prevalent. They foster confidence and competence rather than anxiety and frenzy. When leaders display not only trust in God but also trust in their team, they inspire faith.
Chapter 9: To understand our God-given influence and to unleash our clout, we must arrange our lives to make time to hear from God.
Chapter 11: Sometimes unleashing our God-given influence means confidently doing it our way. Be humble enough to heed the wisdom of others and evaluate all the options, but be confident in the unique ways that God has equipped you.