In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership (New York: Crossroad, 1989)

This short little book — easily read in a single sitting — is filled with so much wisdom that you’ll want to own it, read it, read it again, and refer to it after that. Nouwen offers a disarmingly simple meditation on Christian leadership and how his understanding of it changed and grew after he moved into a L’Arche community. He learned that so much of what passes for “Christian” leadership is merely worldly values with a religious patina. Instead, Nouwen offers the challenging, but liberating, way of Christ: a way of deep prayer, humility, service, community, and reflection. Simply essential.

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