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February 11, 2014

Book Review: “John Maxwell Leadership Bible” (Jul-Aug 2002)

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By Allan Hicks
July-August 2002

A book review of John Maxwell Leadership Bible from Thomas Nelson publishers.

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Leadership is an all-important element of today’s business society.  Many books have been written about leadership and a countless number of seminars have been conducted on the subject.  John Maxwell is one such author who has many titles concerning leadership to his name.  John’s leadership style is current and relevant with Christian ethics interwoven into his philosophy.  I have read another book by John Maxwell and was enlightened by his personal as well as professional insights.

The Leadership Bible is one of the newest works of John Maxwell.  It is unique in the fact that John Maxwell has taken examples from stories as well as the people from the scriptures and has place them into little windows of insights found on the pages throughout this Bible.  At the back of the Bible are indexes with different headings for those seeking a particular leadership interest or insight.  Following his style of leadership writing, Maxwell has divided the headings into Leadership Laws, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Issues, and Profiles in Leadership.

As a business leader, I have found this Bible to be a reminder of where true leadership originates—the Bible.  God is the ultimate leader and his word is the greatest book ever written about leadership.  John Maxwell holds this truth in high esteem with this Bible.  He does not alter the word of God; he merely highlights aspects of leadership that may otherwise be missed with just a general reading of scripture.

This Bible is a good book for a business leader or any leader to have on his or her bookshelf.  Anyone can discover for himself leadership principles from the Bible, but this particular Bible helps the reader to focus on lessons of leadership.  I do not recommend this Bible to be the only Bible in a person’s personal library because it takes away from self-discovery.  I have enjoyed this Bible and will continue to refer to it from time to time.

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