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Book Review: “Beyond Talent” by John Maxwell

John Maxwell is known for one thing, being a leader of leaders. And he does that one thing extremely well. He has learned to communicate timeless truths into understandable actions that we can take to improve our leadership. Despite the fact that he has dozens of books out, he still continues to find things to speak about. This book is another one of those.

I enjoy John Maxwell, although his stuff is usually on the higher end of the price scale. He is similar to Dale Carnegie in that his principles are not necessarily surprising or new, just put in simpler terms. He then throws in an example of someone who utilized (or failed to utilize) the principle he is describing.

In this book Maxwell chooses to talk about talent. Whereas many people try to lead simply on talent alone, Maxwell says that the best leaders are those who find their talents and utilize them, but ALSO mix in a bunch of right choices along the way.

My only drawback to this and other John Maxwell books are that he tries to talk about SO MANY aspects of leadership in one book. This is where I prefer to read something by Andy Stanley. Give me one concept that I can remember so that I do something rather than get things mixed together. With Maxwell’s stuff I usually just pick one principle that I need most and try to apply that. Overall, though, this is another quality book from John Maxwell.

P.S.  As with many of the books on here, I received this free from booksneeze.com in exchange for this honest review.


Book Review – Andy Stanley’s “The Principle of the Path”

I recently received a copy of Andy Stanley’s “The Principle of the Path” from Thomas Nelson Publishers (in exchange for this free review). I must say, everything I read by Andy Stanley seems to be gold. There are a few authors in that category (John Maxwell, Bill Hybels) and Andy Stanley is becoming one of them.

In this book, Stanley explores his “discovery” of a universal principle that he calls the “principle of the path.” Basically, he sums it up like this, “Just as there are physical paths that lead to predictable physical locations, there are others kinds of paths that are equally as predictable.” Stanley suggests that choosing certain paths/decisions in any area of life (emotional, spiritual, relational, etc.) leads to certain, predictable outcomes.

Also included is a study guide for people who want to go through this with a group or a mentor. I personally don’t get much out of the study guides that are included with books, but if you’re into that, this has one.

Overall, this is another winning book by a great communicator. I highly recommend it.