Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Review of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron

You have the capacity to become an extraordinary leader---if you are willing to embrace a deeper definition of leadership and take action to apply it.

In The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, Jenni Catron, executive church leader and author of Clout, reveals the secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."

Weaving a winsome narrative filled with inspiring real-life stories, hard-won wisdom, and practical applications, Catron unpacks four essential aspects of growing more influential: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, your mind for managerial leadership, and your strength for visionary leadership.

Leadership isn't easy, but it is possible to move from ordinary to extraordinary.  Jenni Catron shows the way.

Quotes I loved from the book...
"Love your neighbor as yourself."

The Great Commandment has enormous implications for us as leaders.  This is where extraordinary is found.

The heart of a leader is the truest part of who he or she is.  Your heart is the center of your emotions, desires, and wishes.  Your heart is what most connects you with others.

Before we can lead others from our heart, soul, mind, and strength, there is a key first step.  I believe it is the starting point of leadership.  To lead others well, we must first lead ourselves better.

Extraordinary is a result of a hungry, teachable attitude and a commitment to consistent growth and progress.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. - Jim Rohn

Extraordinary leaders step up to help make decisions and to guide the way, especially when circumstances are complex.  - Jenni Catron

About the Author
To learn more about the author visit...http://jennicatron.com

Please look for the article in our February Heartbeat Connection Magazine online.

Thank you to Booklookbloggers.com for the opportunity to review this book.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review of Mirror Images by Laurie Norlander

Mirror Images by Laurie Norlander was a captivating book.  As soon as the book opens there is a suspense and interest that captivates the reader.  I was trying to figure out "who did it" in the book and never was able to get the answer until close to the end of the romance/mystery.  The main character was Madison.  She'd been through a difficult romance.  Then her boyfriend stole her money and left town.  She hadn't heard anything about him until there was a newspaper article stating that he had died.  She decided to go and see if she could get her money back after she attended the funeral, as she planned to use the money to adopt a baby.

Here is the book description...They say seeing is believing … what if they’re wrong? That’s the dilemma Madison faces when a puzzling obituary prompts her to attend the funeral of a man she once loved. Grief and regret turn to disbelief when she sees him standing in the cemetery. It’s the first of many surprises as Maddy learns nothing is as it seems in the close-knit community of Churchill, Wisconsin. Mirror Images is a riveting romantic suspense novel woven with insights on friendship, forgiveness and the power of faith.

Excerpt from Laurie Norlander, "Mirror Images."
"I'd known---thought I loved---this man in New York when he was an unemployed dockworker calling himself Ross Bauer.  I snorted.  Obviously, I'd never known him at all."

"Although I'd been raised in the church, my time with Ross Bauer had convinced me my lukewarm faith was the worst kind of hypocrisy, and I'd gradually stopped attending Mass.  I was surprised Hannah was a religious person.  She seemed too down-to-earth."

"From the moment I arrived in Churchill, I'd been inundated with the unexpected."

"My eyes darted to Rae's chalkboard.  For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword...and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  I'd never been good with matters of the heart"

"Stop trying to make it logical, and listen to your heart."

About the Author
To learn more about the author visit...

Please look for the article in our January magazine online.

Thank you to Booklookbloggers.com for the opportunity to review this book.


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