If you want to lead, quell the tempest inside. People look to the North Star - not the wind - for guidance. Power lies in the still, small, calm, and clear voice of God within you. Quietly, you will find your voice. It will be big enough. Loud, clanging gongs are for entertainment. Deep and quiet waters wash away the anxiety of the timid and scared. Be those waters. We need you.
Peter Deeley, both wrote and narrated The Leadership Miracle and this falls short of what an audiobook listener expects in an audiobook in organization, length, and depth, but has some redemptive value in a well-produced recording with a professional voice. The Leadership Miracle is meant to be both inspirational and informative, but its organization is one of a stream of consciousness, some thoughts about the state of the world, some oft-quoted world leaders, and mostly a prescriptive approach to life. While the author uses second person, it’s clear that the book is not audience centric, but a transfer of the author’s beliefs and core values. While it doesn’t reach the punitive nature of Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the imagery and dictum clearly punctuate a person who is scolding another for not doing what he recommends. The length, 35 minutes, is simply a long podcast episode or homily, a long diatribe of lament and instruction, which wanders from topic to topic. Much of the first 10 minutes is an introduction to the “book” ahead, the other 25 minutes of the reading. The audiobook uses a complicated vocabulary that seeks to elevate the author as an intellectual and instead creates the sense of someone who replaced simple and direct prose with thesaurus-like entries. The “North Star” guidance that the publisher promises is lacking, the elevated sentiments are gross generalizations, and the material is pedantic. This book will neither quell the tempest inside, nor provide direction for its listeners. It would best be a part of a preacher’s podcast repertoire, rather than an audiobook.
About the narrator
While the author and narrator were the same person, the narrative performance relative to the writing level are polar opposites. The reading is thoughtful and caring, the pauses and articulation clear and lucid. While the author may not have grabbed my attention or interest with the content of this short publication, the narration showed promise and I would be interested to see if he could do multiple voices and personalities. I believe he may have a future in voiceover work.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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