What does grace-paced leadership look like? Spiritual mentor. Pastor. Executive director. Parent. Professor. Spouse. We have many roles and relationships. And in the midst of all we do, we’re tempted to frantically take control of situations in hopes of making good things happen. Alan Fadling, author of An Unhurried Life, writes: “That kind of unholy hurry may make me look busy, but too often it keeps me from actually being fruitful in the ways Jesus wants me to be. Jesus modeled grace-paced leadership. To learn that we begin not with leading, but with following.”
In these pages Alan Fadling unfolds what it means for leaders to let Jesus set the pace. Through biblical illustrations, personal examples, and on-the-ground leadership wisdom, this book will guide you into a new view of kingdom leadership. Along the way you just might find that the whole of your life has been transformed into a more livable and more fruitful pace.
“As my own leadership responsibilities have significantly increased in recent years, I can only say ‘many thanks!’ to Alan for offering such a timely, rooted, and integrated vision of the very real possibilities that exist for leaders who choose an unhurried life. It’s all true! And it’s an ongoing pursuit, which is why his book is so helpful. Rich with practical examples of practices to support this way of life and leadership, An Unhurried Leader is a great guide for anyone who seeks to lead from a place of overflow rather than deficit.”
â€”Mindy Caliguire, founder, Soul Care
“In An Unhurried Leader, Alan Fadling points the way out of hurried leadership that kills the souls of leaders. He reveals leadership steeped in spiritual abundance and joy. This is not a how-to book. This book lays out a path to becoming a better sort of person, who is then naturally a better kind of leader.”
â€”Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop, author of Christianity Beyond Belief
“In An Unhurried Leader, Fadling uses the Bible to unpack the wisdom of choosing to be led by Jesus as we lead others, so that our pace, ways, and results align with God’s will. This is a book I highly recommend to everyone who is intentional about joining God at work and working God’s way.”
â€”Jean Paul Ndagijimana, corporate chaplain, Lift Up Limited, Rwanda
I rarely review a book that I haven’t finished yet, but An Unhurried Leader is one of those books.Â I’m reading it slowly and thoughtfully, taking in the lessons that Jesus has to teach me page by page.Â So, as I am being impacted by what I am reading (and as I know I loved and greatly benefited from An Unhurried Life) I feel very confident in highly recommending this book even though I’ve not yet read it cover to cover.
I can especially say that I deeply appreciated the beginning of the book looking first at what it means to be a follower as that is a lesson that every leader needs to master.Â I also have been reflecting on two particular Scriptural metaphors that have been presented (both from the Prophets).Â I’m finding this book is too good to be rushed, which is perhaps perfectly in keeping with it’s Unhurried content.
I recommend you check it out for yourself.
I received a free pre-release digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.