• Book Review: Shrewd

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, March 4th, 2013

Book Review: I Recommend Shrewd

With the flu and my recovery from falling off a ladder, my reading this book has gone way too slowly, but finally, I finished it. Shrewd, by Rick Lawrence is a “One of a Kind” book. It is based upon Matt.10:16, where Jesus said, “Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.”

Unfortunately, I never heard a sermon on this idea of “shrewdness” in leadership. Being “shrewd” was always a negative subject for me, nothing to emulate. Thanks to Lawrence, I now see “shrewd” as a positive leadership trait. It’s based upon how things work and using your leadership insights to leverage things to get them done. To be shrewd is to apply the right force at the right place to achieve the right result. Hence Jesus’ commendation of the dishonest manager, and His statement that “the children of darkness are more shrewd in their generation than the children of light” (Luke 16:8).

Now, I am recognizing “shrewdness” in leadership culture all around me. I have observed it on the mission field, big time. I recommend Shrewd. It could impact your leadership too. It has changed mine. My wife and I have both read this and it has stimulated some interesting conversation about our influence and how things work. Order this book!

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