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Spiritual Book Club

June 7, 2017 — “Toughest People to Love: How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life -- Including Yourself” by Chuck DeGroat. People -- frustrating, confusing, disappointing, complicated -- are the most difficult part of leadership, and they challenge leaders everywhere, from leaders of many to managers of a few. In this book Chuck DeGroat addresses the flawed nature of people and offers wisdom for leaders of all types in dealing with just about anyone who is difficult to lead and to love. Toughest People to Love explores the basics of how people "tick," encouraging leaders to examine and take care of themselves so that they can better understand and care for others. Based on DeGroat's wealth of experience as a pastor, professor, and therapist, this book -- both wise and practical -- is one that countless leaders will go back to time and again for valuable insights and renewed vision. We will meet at 7pm in the library. Calandra Nevenzel

July 5, 2017 We will meet at 7 pm in the library to discuss Ronald Richardson’s book “Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership; and Congregational Life.” This book reads like detailed notes from a Healthy Congregations workshop. It offers a theory about human behavior that helps us better understand our congregation as a community, a practical set of leadership ideas and behaviors, guidelines for appropriate behavior during conflict and personal steps we can take to become a positive force for healing and cooperation.   Ronald Richardson is a pastor, author, consultant and pastoral counselor.