Better late than never, here are my reviews from the four books I read throughout January this year...

This is a great book, encouraging us to move our attention from the secondary greatness of recognised talent, to focusing first on the primary greatness of character.

And how do you do this? By working on the 12 Levers of Success.

If you take time reading this book you will discover some great truths which can help you align your life to the principles, all working towards the building of your character. Some may be considered obvious like integrity, responsibility and service while others like contribution, renewal and reciprocity will cause you to think differently about how you lead and live life.

Plus each chapter has a bunch of questions for reflection and challenge, both key to bringing the change and growth you want.

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I have read a number of the books written by Pastor Andy Stanley and for me, none have ever disappointed. This book brings a spiritual based emphasis where we want to be in life. It was great balance to the book below, What Got You Here Won't Get You There.

The premise is this 'Direction, not intention, determines our destination'.  And within that statement are some truths he takes time to unpack...

'Divine direction begins with unconditional submission. Not information'.

'We will never reach our full potential without tapping into the wisdom of others'.

And the one thing which spoke to me more than anything else was the verse Psalm 119:37 'If I focus on worthless things, I'll be drawn in the direction of worthless things'.

Reading this was definitely a God-reminder to hear His voice and to recognise how the direction of my life will be influenced by what I choose to give or allow my attentions to be captured by.

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The Blessed Church is one of those books every church leader should read. Pastor Robert Morris shares the story of the church God called him to build and in doing so, unpacks the aspects which need to be blessed to create a healthy environment which can encourage growth. As he writes 'Growth without real health is unsustainable. If you want growth, pursue and monitor health.

He then uses the rest of the book to talk about those areas to pursue and monitor - the vision, the shepherds, the leadership, the culture, along with the right kind of church government too. All play their part in ensuring we are putting our energies into the right things which will bring about the right kind of growth. And the world definitely needs some great healthy churches.

'As wise master builders we don't get to choose the kind of house we're building....We just build with love, with quality and fight at the same time.'

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In the first few pages of his book, What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith lays out the premise for the book, 'The paradox of success: the beliefs that carried us here may be holding us back in our quest to go there.' (Wherever 'there' may be for us).

I found this book to be full of challenging insights from someone who is all about helping bring change in high-performance individuals. Spending time looking at the habits, behavioural flaws, such as not saying 'Thank You' enough, which can turn people off us was enough for me. I had to make sure I was reflecting and asking the question 'Is this me?'

Yet the author didn't stop here. He gave us solutions, new habits to be formed which would help us travel from where we are to where we want to be, changing how those around us perceived us. The solution he writes, is easy. Get feedback by paying closer attention to the world around you. Understanding that becoming a better leader is a process, not an event.

What is the one area I would say I need to improve in? (I may write about this in a separate post). What to do - reflect and observe, apologise, say 'I'm sorry', don't qualify or explain it, and tell people you are trying to change. Maybe even ask some people for a couple of ideas to help you get better.

There is so much to takeaway from this I would highly recommend it.

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What is your best read from January?