Justin’s #56 – The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters, Albert Mohler, 224 pages

October 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dr. Albert Mohler became Southern Seminary’s youngest president at age of 33. So when he talks about leadership, you almost have to listen to him. Being an admirer of Dr. Mohler, I knew he wrote this book and was intrigued by it, but it wasn’t until JRF said it was “still one of the best books on leadership I have read” that I decided to pick it up. Dr. Mohler’s premise on leadership is this: “My goal is to redefine Christian leadership so that it is inseparable from passionately held beliefs, and to motivate those who are deeply committed to truth to be ready for leadership,” Thus the word that is bounced around throughout is “conviction”: you don’t have passionately held beliefs while simultaneously being deeply committed to truth unless you have convictions. In the second chapter, he talks about how there have been many good leaders throughout history. There have been 44 Presidents in our own nation’s history. But how many can you name? Washington? Jefferson? Lincoln? The trend that these three leaders have in common is they possessed convictions. Martin Luther King Jr. had convictions to free an entire race of people living in America from the bondage of […]

JRF’s #14: The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler – 224 pages

August 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

  I read and reviewed this book back in 2013.  You can read my original review here. I reread it this year and used it as the basis of a Biblical Leadership Bible study for officers in the Helicopter Air Wing I minister in. I won’t rehash my original review.  I will say thought that re-reading this book through the lens of being a Naval officer and discussing it with other officers made it clear that the book’s greatest strength is also it’s greatest weakness. Molher’s intent was not to write a “7-easy-steps-to-being-a-great-leader type book.  Rather his goal was, “to redefine Christian leadership so that it is inseperable from passionately held beliefs, and to motivate those who are deeply commited to truth to be ready for leadership.” This he greatly succeeds at, but at times in our discussions we agreed that it would have been more specific in how to apply our convictions to leadership, especially in the unique context of the military.  Most of the examples come from either Mohler’s (deserved) man-crush Winston Churchill or his own experiences, which didn’t always relate to our context as junior officers.  Our failure to always draw connections and applications of the principles in the […]

Justin’s #32 – Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul Tripp, 240 pages

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Out of all the books I read last year, one called “When We Were A Burning Fire” by Addie Zierman was the absolute worst. If you read the linked review, you would see that I felt her conclusions were mostly wrong in regards to what scripture says about the Church and her perception of it. This year, I have a feeling this book will take the cake as the worst book I read in 2015. Paul Tripp uses this book to communicate the importance of the pastorate. He stresses things like humility, accountability, and hard work while juggling a ministry throughout the book to stress to pastors in the ministry to keep the “awe of God” on their minds constantly. He argues that when pastors get into the pastorate, they become disingenuous towards what once was awesome and glorious about God. This is probably because they spend hours pouring over scripture and therefore become numb to the gloriousness of God. He gives little anecdotes at the beginning of each chapter to illustrate the point he is about make. But what really is disconcerting about this book is how little scripture Tripp uses to establish his position. You would think that […]

JRF’s #5: The Mauritius Command by Patrick O’Brian – 365 Pages

February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Mauritius Command is book #4 in Patrick O’Brian’s classic Master and Commander series. When the book opens we find Jack Aubrey finally settled down with his cherished wife, Sophia with whom he has had twin girls.  He is happy, but his heart pines for the sea, as does his wallet – sea pay is considerable more substantial than shore duty pay and he must provide for his growing family. Through a fortunate series of events helped along by Jack’s dearest friend, Dr. Stephen Maurturin, Captain Aubrey finds himself becoming Commodore Aubrey, tasked with commanding a small fleet to harrass and reconquer the Mauritius Islands off the the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Like always O’Brian’s mastery of prose makes these books a joy to read.  There was more action in this book than the previous three that I had read, although ironically I felt that it made the book a slower read, as I wasn’t as concerned to the less developed characters as in earlier books. That said, there was much to enjoy this time at sea with Lucky Jack and Dr Maurtin.  There are always great leadership insights to be gleaned.  This time the great perspectives on the […]

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