A Failure of Nerve  Revised Edition Book

A Failure of Nerve Revised Edition

  • Author : Edwin H. Friedman
  • Publisher : Church Publishing, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2017-05-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781596272804

A Failure of Nerve Revised Edition Excerpt :

Over a decade after his death, Edwin Friedman’s bestselling A Failure of Nerve continues to offer insights into leadership that are more urgently needed than ever. This revised, anniversary edition is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, and politicians and teachers. His understandings about our regressed, “seatbelt society,” oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today. Suspicious of the “quick fixes” and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argued for strength and self-differentiation as the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy. A Failure of Nerve was unfinished at the time of Friedman’s death and originally published in a limited edition. This edition cleans up some oversights in the original and brings his life-changing insights and challenges to a new generation of readers.

A Failure of Nerve  Revised Edition Book

A Failure of Nerve Revised Edition

  • Author : Edwin H. Friedman
  • Publisher : Church Publishing, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2017-05
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781596272798

A Failure of Nerve Revised Edition Excerpt :

- Magnum opus of leading figure in application of family systems theory to congregations - Widely used in seminary and continuing education since 2007 first publication - Revised 10th anniversary edition of best-seller

Generation to Generation Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Generation to Generation

  • Author : Edwin Friedman
  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-17
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609182366

Generation to Generation Excerpt :

An acclaimed, influential work now available in paper for the first time, this bestselling book applies the concepts of systemic family therapy to the emotional life of congregations. Edwin H. Friedman shows how the same understanding of family process that can aid clergy in their pastoral role also has important ramifications for negotiating congregational dynamics and functioning as an effective leader. Clergy from diverse denominations, as well as family therapists and counselors, have found that this book directly addresses the dilemmas and crises they encounter daily. It is widely used as a text in courses on pastoral care, leadership, and family systems.

Failure and Nerve in the Academic Study of Religion Book

Failure and Nerve in the Academic Study of Religion

  • Author : William E. Arnal
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-09-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317543954

Failure and Nerve in the Academic Study of Religion Excerpt :

Failure and Nerve in the Academic Study of Religion presents a provocative critique of the unwillingness of modern scholars to publically distinguish research into comparative religion from confessional studies written within denominationally-affiliated institutions. The book offers the 19th Century founders of the study of religion as a bracing corrective to contemporary timidity. The issue was analysed and documented by Wiebe a quarter of a century ago. Here, marking Wiebe's work, a wide range of contributors reassess the methodology and ambition of contemporary religious research. The book argues that conceptualizing religion as part of the world of human action and experience is the first requirement of the study of religion.

Managing Leadership Anxiety Book

Managing Leadership Anxiety

  • Author : Steve Cuss
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2019-04-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400210893

Managing Leadership Anxiety Excerpt :

You Can Learn to Handle the Onslaught of Internal and External Pressures Does anxiety get in the way of your ability to be an effective leader? Is your inability to notice when you and those around you are anxious keeping you "stuck" in chronic unhealthy patterns? In Managing Leadership Anxiety, pastor and spiritual growth expert Steve Cuss offers powerful tools to help you move from being managed by anxiety to managing anxiety. You'll develop the capacity to notice your anxiety and your group's anxiety. You will increase your sensitivity to the way groups develop systemic anxiety that keeps them trapped. Your personal self-awareness will increase as you learn how self gets in the way of identifying and addressing issues. Managing Leadership Anxiety offers valuable principles to those who are hungry to understand the source of the anxiety in themselves and in the people with whom they relate. Readers will be empowered to take back control of their lives and lead in mature and vibrant ways.

Wintering Book
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings


  • Author : Katherine May
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-11-10
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593189504

Wintering Excerpt :

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! AS HEARD ON NPR MORNING EDITION AND ON BEING WITH KRISTA TIPPETT “Katherine May opens up exactly what I and so many need to hear but haven't known how to name.” —Krista Tippett, On Being “Every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. . . . This is truly a beautiful book.” —Elizabeth Gilbert "Proves that there is grace in letting go, stepping back and giving yourself time to repair in the dark...May is a clear-eyed observer and her language is steady, honest and accurate—capturing the sense, the beauty and the latent power of our resting landscapes." —Wall Street Journal An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing arctic seas. Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season.

Nerve Book


  • Author : Indira Samarasekera
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-14
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773058153

Nerve Excerpt :

Candid and insightful perspectives on the dilemmas and opportunities women confront as they take on leadership positions Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera had vastly different career paths on their way to becoming the first (and so far only) female presidents of two of Canada’s largest and most respected research universities and directors of some of the nation’s largest market cap companies, but what they had in common was their gender, their willingness to take risks when leadership opportunities presented themselves, and a work ethic second to none. It was not always easy, pretty, or fair, but it was always the result of choosing to answer the call to lead. A call that in the authors’ view, too many women still turn away from. In Nerve: Lessons on Leadership from Two Women Who Went First, Piper and Samarasekera share their personal and professional stories, offering guidance for women leaders of every age and at every stage of their career. Nerve is a must-read for any woman who is leading today, considering leading, or thinking about life after leading.

No Little People  repack   Introduction by Udo Middelmann  Book

No Little People repack Introduction by Udo Middelmann

  • Author : Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Publisher : Crossway
  • Release Date : 2021-05-19
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781433576751

No Little People repack Introduction by Udo Middelmann Excerpt :

16 Encouraging Sermons on Human Weakness and God’s Sufficiency by Francis Schaeffer Most Christians take an honest look at themselves and conclude that their limited talents, energy, and knowledge mean that they don’t amount to much. Some even ask, Can I really make a difference? Francis A. Schaeffer counters this claim with truth from the Bible, arguing that with God there is no such thing as little people. No Little People contains sixteen sermons from Schaeffer that explore the weakness and significance of humanity in relationship to the infinite and personal God. The focus of this collection is the lasting truth of the Bible, the faithfulness of God, the sufficiency of the work of Christ, and the power of the Spirit. Readers will be encouraged by the value that God places on each person made in his image to accomplish his redemptive plan.

Friedman s Fables Book

Friedman s Fables

  • Author : Edwin H. Friedman
  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Release Date : 2013-02-19
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 9781462511495

Friedman s Fables Excerpt :

Edwin H. Friedman has woven 24 illustrative tales that offer fresh perspectives on familiar human foibles and reflect the author's humor, pathos, and understanding. Friedman takes on resistance and other "demons" to show that neither insight, nor encouragement, nor intimidation can in themselves motivate an unmotivated person to change. These tales playfully demonstrate that new ideas, new questions, and imagination, more than accepted wisdom, provide each of us with the keys to overcoming stubborn emotional barriers and facilitating real change both in ourselves and others. Thought-provoking discussion questions for each fable are included.

Nonzero Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings


  • Author : Robert Wright
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2001-04-20
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375727818

Nonzero Excerpt :

In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history–and discerning where history will lead us next. In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever since the primordial ooze, life has followed a basic pattern. Organisms and human societies alike have grown more complex by mastering the challenges of internal cooperation. Wright's narrative ranges from fossilized bacteria to vampire bats, from stone-age villages to the World Trade Organization, uncovering such surprises as the benefits of barbarian hordes and the useful stability of feudalism. Here is history endowed with moral significance–a way of looking at our biological and cultural evolution that suggests, refreshingly, that human morality has improved over time, and that our instinct to discover meaning may itself serve a higher purpose. Insightful, witty, profound, Nonzero offers breathtaking implications for what we believe and how we adapt to technology's ongoing transformation of the world.

Thirty Years That Changed the World Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Thirty Years That Changed the World

  • Author : Michael Green
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2004-03-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 287
  • ISBN 10 : 0802827667

Thirty Years That Changed the World Excerpt :

Green opens up the gripping story of the Book of Acts, highlighting the astonishing, volcanic eruption of faith found there and comparing it to the often halfhearted Christianity of the modern Western world.

Uproar Book


  • Author : Peter L. Steinke
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-02-13
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538116548

Uproar Excerpt :

If “these are the times that test men’s souls,” never more than for the leader’s ability to think clearly, to be present calmly, and to challenge effectively. It’s a time when leaders cannot be as anxious as those they serve; otherwise, the system is leaderless. Anxiety flows down like water from a leaky pipe. To lead effectively we must understand the impact of powerful emotional forces on people’s behavior, especially in anxious times. Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times helps leaders understand the powerful impact that emotional processes have on the people they lead. Peter Steinke, bestselling author of CongregationalLeadership in Anxious Times draws on decades of work on system conflict and personal experiences to share real stories of challenges leaders have faced and how understanding the power of emotions has dramatically influenced their success. In this book, readers will observe important leadership characteristics such as separating oneself from the surrounding anxiety, making decisions based on principle and not instinct, taking responsibility for one’s own emotional being, staying connected to others including those who disagree with you, being a non-anxious presence, focusing on emotional processes rather than the symptoms they produce, knowing people naturally influence one another, and recognizing leader and follower as complements. At the end of each chapter, there is a Leader’s Notebook, a short section to illustrate, enrich or engage your thinking about leadership. As Steinke suggests, being anxious causes you to lose perspective, and leaders do their best thinking when they are not overly stressed and can think about options, doing their best work when they work on themselves. So where are you in your leadership journey? No matter where you are—beginning, middle or end— this book will be one the most significant leadership books you’ll read.

A Language Older Than Words Book
Score: 3
From 12 Ratings

A Language Older Than Words

  • Author : Derrick Jensen
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release Date : 2004-03-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603581820

A Language Older Than Words Excerpt :

At once a beautifully poetic memoir and an exploration of the various ways we live in the world, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches every aspect of our lives and indeed affects all aspects of life on Earth. This chronicle of a young man's drive to transcend domestic abuse offers a challenging look at our worldwide sense of community and how we can make things better.

Nerve Blocks in Palliative Care Book

Nerve Blocks in Palliative Care

  • Author : Fiona Hicks
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-09-09
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 135
  • ISBN 10 : 0198527039

Nerve Blocks in Palliative Care Excerpt :

This practical book provides comprehensive and easy-to-follow guidelines about nerve blocking and neuromodulation techniques to help professionals to make choices in pain management. Patient selection and appropriate referral are discussed as well as ethical issues and consent.

The Things They Carried Book
Score: 4
From 46 Ratings

The Things They Carried

  • Author : Tim O'Brien
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547420295

The Things They Carried Excerpt :

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.