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Lead... for God's Sake!

Todd G. Gongwer, Urban Meyer,
Lead... for God's Sake!

Steve Rocker, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky's history, is about to enter into the most difficult season of his career. With expectations at an all-time high, his players have lost their will to win and their passion for the game; none ... Read More

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Item # 1376111


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Steve Rocker, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky's history, is about to enter into the most difficult season of his career. With expectations at an all-time high, his players have lost their will to win and their passion for the game; none of Coach Rocker's tried and true motivational methods are working, and he doesn't know why.As the season continues to spiral downward and his home life begins to mirror the problems he's facing on the court, Coach Rocker stumbles upon a most unlikely mentor Joe Taylor, the school's janitor, who seems to have the answers to all of the Coach's problems.
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Book
  • Release Date: Dec 15, 2011
  • UPC: 9781414370552
  • Height: 0.90
  • Width: 5.60
  • Length: 8.60
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Publish Date: Nov 1, 2011
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "REL030000"
  • ISBN: 1414370555

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WHY LEAD? by Hephzibah610 on 7/16/2012

Reading a book on leadership isn’t something I would normally do of my own volition.  I am not what I consider a “leader” type person, but it seems that Providence is leading me into leadership at least as some level. Though a reluctant leader, I thought it might be good to read a book on leadership.  I chose the book, “LEAD…for God’Sake!–A parable for finding the heart of leadership,” by Todd G. Gongwer.
This book revolves around a coach, his team and an unlikely influence in their lives.  The parable takes you through some background of what got the coach where he is at the beginning of the story and how he got there.  His team players are losing steam and their heart for basketball.  Coach’s frustrations mount as he tries the things he knows to get the team to move ahead, take responsibility and win.  Unfortunately, his tactics cause more trouble than help.  Along with that, Coach is losing touch with his family.  At wits end he begins to open up to the school janitor who has an unconventional way with people. 
Lead for God’Sake, gave me (or reminded me) of a few insights on good leadership.  It gives a larger scheme of things that one should focus on if you are called to lead, and we all are.  I felt the book was written more for men, as it revolved around sports and guy talk.  Not that I didn’t glean anything out of it but it was not the type of book that normally would interest me.  The story line was a little slow at times, but it was an easy read and I can see how men would enjoy it. (In fact, my husband read it and said he thought it was a good book on leadership.)  
For me, I’d give it 3/5 stars but adding in my husbands interest…we’ll make it 3 and 1/2 stars.
 ***This book was given to me free of charge by Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.

Fantastic - a great read for everyone whether you think you are a leader or not! by LG Reader on 1/16/2012

This book has the potential to have each person become more effective in their life, work, play, family and spiritual walk. Easy read. Don't want to say to much...just that this is what you have been looking for!

Excellant Read! by Shondra on 12/5/2011

I have been reluctant to read this book for many months, not fully understanding what it was. The author is from the small town we live in, and actually attends the same church as my family (their children are in my children's classes at school as well). While there has been much hype in our area since the release of the book, it was never one I intended to purchase, I thought it was a "self-help" book of sorts. Then it became available through one of the company's I do book reviews for, so I thought I would give it a try.

While the beginning was a bit rough for me (some choice language is sprinkled through out the first few chapters), I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Needless to say, I immediately handed it off to my husband, who is an elementary school teacher and basketball coach, and told him it is a "must read"!

While the book does deal with leadership and "self help" issues, it felt more like a fiction story I was reading, which is right up my alley! Coach Rocker is dealing with many issues that are relevant in marriages today, and seems to be going through much more in his job as well. He struggles in many areas, and at times is just trying to stay afloat. How can he be the leader others expect him to be, when he doesn't even have his own life in order?

The one storyline I couldn't get enough of was that of Joe, the Janitor. What a special and unique man he represented! Through the relationships that are formed, we are taken deeper in to the life of Joe, and find out how he became the man that he is today. On the surface, Joe seems to be your average blue collar worker, but after spending several minutes with him, you learn there is so much more to who he is.

If you're looking for a great book to read, and glean some wonderful leadership advice from, then this book is for you! Even as a stay at home mom (who leads a girl scout group, coaches Upward Cheerleading, and works with children at church) there were so many take-a ways from this book for me. Everyone needs a "Joe" in their life, teaching them what it means to be a leader, and more importantly, a child of God.

I enthusiastically give this book 5 stars! It would make a wonderful Christmas gift for that special someone in your life!

**I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers and was not required to post a positive review.**

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