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"Ten days after the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, I stood at Ground Zero and tried to take in the aftermath of one horrific day. The thoughts of that made me cry out to God, No way! There’s just no way evil can be that deep and that dark! But strangely, while the ashes smoldered around me, and the grief of it overwhelmed me, a profound hope rose in my heart - the local church is the hope of the world. There were many people and organizations helping out after the disaster.

"But a work of a deeper kind was happening behind the scenes in downtown Manhattan. The most important work of all was being done by pastors and church members, volunteers of churches, ordinary Christ followers. They were in the middle of all the misery, addressing the concerns of the soul. It was happening 24 hours a day. That was the untold media story. So many other organizations met the external needs of people, but it was the church that reached out to care for the inner needs of their fellow human beings. The church became the physicians for the souls of people."

That experience underscored, yet again, the convictions that have been forming in Bill Hybels for the past 30 years - that the church has an unique mission to fulfill on planet Earth, and that the future of our society depends on whether or not church leaders understand that and focus the vision of local churches accordingly.

Where Bill’s heart beats the fastest is with leaders in local churches. He believes to the core of his being that local church leaders have the potential to be the most influential force in the world. If they "get it," churches will be the redemption centers for change that Jesus imagined them being. So that’s Bill’s hope - that the spiritual gift of leadership will come alive in churches everywhere and, as a result, the church will become the force in the world against which the gates of hell cannot prevail.

©2002 Bill Hybels (P)2003 Zondervan

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Very Good Book

I enjoyed this book a lot and perfect for pastors of the local church or Christian business leaders. The book production is sloppy though. Several places they need to edit where the reader actually says "let's do that again" and from one chapter to another, it's WAY to quick. You'd think the production value would've been better.

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The book was done well. Some words were incorrect with the text. The last chapter was skipped and not recorded.

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a must-read for anyone who leaves.

I've added this to my list of books that every Christian leader should read. Correct that, every leader should read. Whether it's Christian Ministry, Christian business, Raven a secular endeavor, this book is for all who want to be better leaders.

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My favorite leadership book.

I had read the book 10 years ago and was deeply moved. After recommending it to so many people, I thought it would be good to read/listen to it again. I wasn't disappointed. Bill Hybels hits it out of the park with leadership principles that pertain to everybody who leads anything.

The reader was good but there are a few quirky items. At one point he goofs up and asks to read it over - an obvious edit that was missed. There are also some missed 'pauses' where he jumps right into the next section without the natural pause that a reader would 'feel' when reading a book. None of these are too distracting.

This is a must read for anyone who leads a ministry and very applicable to business leaders.

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A Must Read!

This book is full of wisdom and useful practices. Unlike most books, the last chapters contain powerful practices that should be studied. I recommend this book as a reference tool for all leaders and laypeople.

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awesome book

I feel that all the principals can be applied in all ministries.
I will used them in our ministry.

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Lots of mistakes but that doesn't mess of the good read! Thank you!! Great voice too!

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This is an amazing book!

This book is worth every minute of your time! Powerful!! I was very blessed by it!

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Informative and Encouraging

There were a few mistakes in the audio that they forgot to take out, a few times Tom had to repeat something. Otherwise, the narrative and content were very good. I received so much from this book. I highly recommend it!

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loved it! Such wisdom for my life

All church Leaders should read this & even those who don't consider themselves leaders in the church.

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  • 04-30-17

Excellent, honest godly advice, very beneficial.

A great book. Filled with stories of past events that brings to life these principles of courageous leadership. It made me laugh out loud in places and reflect deeply in others. I am going to try and embed these lessons into my own life.

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  • allanv
  • 11-25-13

Church leadership from someone worth listening to

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Passion, insight, conviction and wisdom come together from the experience and knowledge of Bill Hybels to make this book a 'must' for those in church leadership. Laughter and tears flow as we hear the highs and lows of what it means to serve in a local church. Every pastor, minister or priest should read this book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Non fiction so no characters

Have you listened to any of Tom Casaletto’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Good to listen to...a few mistakes and re-recordings are noted but not enough to spoil the listening

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could I would have...so yes

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First class

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  • tinkerbell54
  • 09-24-17

Addictive reading

This compelling book enthused me, encouraged me and brought me to tears. A must read for all those called to Christian ministry.