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  • M Taylor posted an update 3 months ago

    “The Call To Follow” is a great and countercultural read on being a good follower in a day and age of constant self-promotion and an emphasis on being an effective leader instead of being a good servant to others. Around 200 pages, the book covers many good points, including:

    – Helpful and harmful statements about leadership.

    – Definition of followership.

    – Stereotypes of followership (weak, lacking initiative and motivation, indecisive, etc.).

    – Ways Jesus Christ practiced followership in the Bible (followed the Father’s lead, etc.).

    – How good followership can improve leadership.

    – 5 common characteristics of strong followership in churches.

    – Ways followers can practice good soul care (yes, followers need rest too!).

    Here’s what I like about this title:

    – Easy to read and understand.

    – Good flow from chapter to chapter (not a choppy read).

    – Biblically-based.

    – Contains a helpful study guide.

    – Good scripture index and footnotes for further study.

    While I appreciated the helpful chapter on how followership can improve leadership (having been a manager in some jobs, I can attest to that!), I believe that an organization ultimately rises and falls on good leadership. The authors mention the example of Aaron the high priest giving into the demands of bad followers. While the followers were a bad lot, the leader (Aaron) was even worse because he refused to take a strong stand and not build a golden calf and instead was too much of a people pleaser. Yes, the bad followers were judged, but Aaron also suffered the consequences of being a bad leader (confronted by Moses, was rebuked by God for criticizing Moses instead of standing up for him, etc.).

    Comment aside, this is still a very good read on a countercultural topic (serving others instead of focusing on being a dynamic and charismatic leader – boy, we’ve had plenty of those to our detriment!). Will be read again and a very helpful future reference and reminder on the importance of serving others. Recommended.

    I was given a review copy by Crossway in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.