What makes a book a “must read?” The potential to change lives. To make a difference in others, we must connect. Maxwell states, “…connecting is everything when it comes to communication.” I would take this one step further, connecting is essential in following the command of our Lord to make disciples. Connecting is what the church is all about- connecting to God and to each other.
John Maxwell’s book, written in 2010, gives leaders the principles (theory) and practices (application) for connecting with others. This does not present the topic with “five step formulas” but with biblically-based principles that can be used in any relationship and any size group.
For me, this book was a joy to read, even when the contents seriously challenged my tendencies. For some people, connecting comes much easier. I am not one of them. I am a task-driven, project-oriented person who needs to slow down and invest deeply in people, not programs and strategies.
7 Reasons to Read this Book
1. If you want to have a greater impact on others
2. If you want to develop presentation skills that increase the chances that people will remember and apply what you have taught them
3. If you want to inspire people
4. If you want to be a “giver” when you interact with others instead of a “taker”
5. If you want to understand the role of passion and energy in connecting with others
6. If you want to understand what habits create barriers to communication
7. If you want to understand the things that encourage people to listen
At the end of every chapter, Maxwell gives tips for three kinds of communication: one-to-one, small groups, and larger audiences. These brief, but potent, thoughts by themselves make the book worth buying. Due to the practical application for every ministry leader, you will find this book very difficult to put down. There is so much valuable content that I should endeavor to re-read this book at least once a year. This book has definitely made my short list of “must reads.”
Next book I am reading (and will review)- Me to We by Alan Nelson.
Follow One, Lead Others