It is wonderful to see publishers who care about a book’s design and aesthetics. Baylor University Press consistently hits home runs in these areas.
John Swinton has written a terrific book that makes us look more honestly at our ideas of time and how they impinge on our treatment of those with disabilities. Non-spoiler alert: we don’t do very well at either!
There is much to like about this book. It helps us wrestle with issues of great consequence and yet maintains a gracious tone throughout.
Perhaps this quote by Scott Bader-Saye from page 57 well describes the tenor of this terrific book: “The ways we experience, name, and interpret time contribute to the kinds of communities we imagine and inhabit.”
My friend, Nate Bridgman, sent this my way. A terrific talk with major implications for both Christian and secular organizations.
I will be interviewing Professor Karen Swallow Prior next month, but this is a terrific interview on what great books can do for us:
A: “Imagine Donald Trump’s library.”
B: “You’d have to.”
My latest interview:
Yes, that’s right. You heard me. Here are a few things about Polk I learned from reading Walking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson by David Reynolds:
He determined to serve one term.
He rarely took vacations.
He sought to address four main campaign promises and did!
He worked extremely hard.
(Waking Giant, p. 351-53 by David Reynolds)
From Peter Scazzero, “Lessons in Leadership and Differentiation” (Part 1); Feb. 20, 2013
Leaders have a number of key tasks if we are to operate out of high level of integrity. These include:
- Confronting myself. Am I calm and clear about what God has given me to do? Where am I doing the easy thing, not the best thing for those around me? Where am I abandoning my own values? How am I allowing fear to cause me to ignore problems?
- Mastering myself in the face of anxiety. When we don’t, we end up looking for validation from other people. We end up using the people we aim to serve.
- Tolerating discomfort. There is never a good time to change things. In fact, it is impossible to create change while maintaining stability. To kindly bring up hard things others want is one of our critical tasks.
- Getting clear on my goals and steps. This is hard work. The alternative, however, is much worse. Once I have my goal, the next great challenge is to think through the steps to get there – in the right order.
In what ways might you be doing an easy thing in your leadership today and not the best? Where are you not thinking things through but taking the easy way out by focusing on the short-term?
From one of my favorite, living authors: