Book Review: Successful Leaders of the Bible

In Successful Leaders of the Bible, Katara Washington Patton profiles and draws leadership lessons from Biblical icons.

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Title: Successful Leaders of the Bible

Author: Katara Washington Patton

Publishing Date: January 2017

Publisher: FaithWords

Page Count: 160

Goodreads rating: 3 Stars

In Successful Leaders of the Bible, Katara Washington Patton profiles and draws leadership lessons from Biblical icons. I liked that she tried to balance between both Old and New Testament characters and also highlights lesser known female leaders like Phoebe and Tabitha (Dorcas). You can tell that she puts her (possibly overactive) imagination to good use by inserting internal monologues that each leader may have had when faced with certain difficult circumstances. This is was particularly helpful when she was discussing character like Phoebe who is basically mentioned in a few lines as compared to Paul who features in the majority of the New Testament. 

In one way or the other, Katara challenges leaders to take self-inventory to see if they are operating under God’s Spirit each and ever day and in every decision and not in the heat of the moment, when we are faced with tough decisions. At the end of every chapter, she provides prayers for the leader-readers to “steal” and possibly incorporate in their own spiritual walk.

The one thing that I could fault with this book is that the reader is not told what criteria she used in selecting the various leaders to feature in the book, which made it harder to connect with the characters and each profile felt like she writing their resume while pointing out their strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I liked her book, because Ms Patton did offer a fresh perspective on some of my own favourite Bible champions.

This is a quick pick-me-up for when you are facing your own leadership struggles and need to be reminded that the Biblical champions were also human and managed to overcome life’s obstacles.

Honest review originally published on Netgalley in exchange for the advanced copy.

Photo Credit: Goodreads

 

 

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About Lillian

I am a proud student of the human experience which provides me with the perfect excuse for being a bibliophile (read: book hoarder) and the unofficial patron of Nairobi Inama bookshops. But in my past life, I was a recorder player. You can also find me on Medium (@lillianyamongo) where I discuss sustainable finance.
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