From Church Turned Inside Out to Leadership From the Inside Out, next up on Leadership Network Author Notes – Kevin Harney, author of the latter title. Kevin is lead pastor at Shoreline Community Church in Monterrey, California. Hope you enjoy the following insight into the man behind the book.
Why is reading important to you, and how do you find or make time to read books and blogs?
As a boy, my father would often hold up a book and tell me, “You can travel the world and learn about anything by the simple action of reading a book!” All through my childhood both my dad and mom would each have a pile of ten to twenty books on their night stand (and more on the shelf behind the toilet!) My dad was right. I learn so much from others who have thought deeply, traveled, studied, and share their insights through writing. I make time to read by fitting it in the cracks and small spaces of life. Honestly, I rarely get to sit for an hour or two and read uninterrupted. But, I read one of the worst books I have ever purchased (in this case through downloading it to my I-Pad) from the time I left my house in Monterey, CA last Wednesday and the time landed in Michigan. I needed to read this book because a number of people asked me about it. So, I read on planes, standing in lines, while having airport food, and before we landed.
What books are you currently reading that you would recommend to our readers?
The Gospel Commission, Horton; Magnificent Prayer, Harrison; The Prayer Bible, edited and complied by Ben Patterson; The Land Between, Manion, The Power of a Whisper, Hybels; Thirsting for God, Thomas; Speeches that Changed the World, Montefiore
How do you make time to write books or blog?
About twenty years ago I began writing for a small publisher: a two-page study for students. Two years later, Zondervan became my primary publishing partner and we have worked together ever since. When I began writing, I had to open up twenty hour a week in my schedule. As a husband, father of three boys, and full time pastor, this meant I had to do something dramatic. My decision was to stop watching sports and following almost any college or professional sports (something I loved). With this decision, I blocked out 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, five nights a week as my writing time. I did this for about fifteen years. Now that our sons are grown and out, I have a bit more flexibility
and I fit my twenty hours in at some different times, but I still do a lot of late nights. This happens to be good brain time for me.
What is the “big idea” of your latest book in a Leadership Network book series?
The book is Leadership from the Inside Out. The big ideas is that many leaders crash, become ineffective, or drop out of ministry (or business) because of something that goes wrong on the inside. We spend a lot of time sharpening our leadership edge and growing our skill set, and we should. But, most leaders would do well to spend regular time doing self-examination and looking inward. If we stay healthy on the inside, we can lead for a lifetime. This book helps leaders learn to reflect deeply on their inner life and remain healthy on a soul level.
If leaders only had time right now to read one chapter of your book, which one would
your recommend… and why?
Chapter Nine: Bearing the Yoke of Jesus…the Leader’s Back
Most leaders I know carry too much and allow others to load unnecessary burdens on them. God wants us to serve Him for a lifetime and this will not happen if we carry what everyone else loads on us. In this chapter, leaders learn how to discover the yoke/load that Jesus gives and to carry only this. It is incredibly freeing!
Next up … Robert Creech, author of The Leader's Journey.