5 days left until Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love (click here for the book’s website) is released!
August 19th – you will be able to purchase an initial copy directly from the publisher about six weeks before it hits Amazon.
Until then…I’d like to give you a glimpse into how this process began in me several years ago. The year was 2008 and I had been in youth ministry for my entire adult life (the previous 14 years). I was a leader, at least of my own little segment of the world and of the church. Over the years I had become really good at some things but still struggled with others. I was, and am, a work in progress but I wanted more.
I wanted to grow. I wanted to live closer to God. I wanted to see more people claim the freedom he offers. I wanted to lead well. Better. Truer.
I had been mentored over the years by many different people, some of whom were currently mentoring me. But I still wanted more. I knew there was so much to learn…to become. In my search to be challenged and equipped, I picked up a book entitled, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin. It is a short little book about people, community and our ability to lead in an ever-changing culture. It speaks of a world that is shrinking; moving ever increasingly into smaller groups of people who are connected by a shared interest and a means of communication. Seth calls these smaller groups “tribes.” He says that these tribes gather around three things: 1. each other 2. a leader and 3. an idea. He went on to unpack this concept of our society looking for connectedness and belonging, as he discussed the opportunities and challenges leaders face when choosing to enter with them. It was an encouraging and insightful read.
Then, toward the end of the book, Seth moved toward the new and advancing ways leaders can enter a community, express ideas and lead effectively. Our world has shrunk and platforms are readily available. Case in point…I have had readers on this blog from all over the world, countries I have never entered but people who are a part of our little tribe. This began to really hit me and make perfect sense. Then, the push.
Seth asked, if you are a leader, why aren’t you leading? Why aren’t you using the opportunities at your disposal and going for it?
He went on to give an example, stating that just a few years ago, you had to win the approval of a publisher to print a book. But that is no longer the case. Now, the platform is available. You don’t have to jump through someone else’s hoops and lead how they think you should. You have to ability to get your message out, as you desire – if you will take the risk! If you will lead.
Reckless Pursuit carries a message that has resonated in me for years. It is a message that has changed my life at a foundational level and I long for it to change yours. It is worth the risk. It must be spoken. I want to invite you to jump in with us. Read it for yourself and see if you agree. Welcome to our little tribe!