Review of Perry Noble’s The Most Excellent Way to Lead

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The Most Excellent Way To Lead by mega-church pastor Perry Noble is  a short book asserting that 1 Corinthians 12, the Love Chapter, guides leaders to find the best way to lead others—through loving them.

Strengths

The premise is what drew me to this book. Many leadership books, including Christian books on the subject, focus on the leader or give “how-to” steps to getting people to follow or be on board. Noble asserts correctly that it all begins with love. People are more likely to support someone who sincerely loves them. Therefore, the first goal of every leader should be to love his people. This assertion is the greatest strength of the book.

Noble and the publisher recognize that the book’s target audience (mainly other pastors) is composed of very busy people. The book is a quick read. Perry and the editors balance the length of chapters. The print is large. Chapter summaries are succinct and easily referenced. The language and content are accessible to the average church leaders.

Weaknesses

Noble writes in much the same style as one of his mentor’s John Maxwell, which means that the book has many quotable statements and personal illustrations. By personal, I mean that Perry Noble is the main figure in most of those illustrations. To his credit, he does not always present himself as a good example. For many this pattern will make the book more personal and compelling. However, for me, it makes the book choppy in language and more dependent on the stories of the author than the story of Scripture.

Conclusion

Though the style is not what I prefer, the book is worthwhile to read. For task minded and goal oriented people such as myself, the reminder to love and to value people above other things is important to hear and even more important, to put into practice. I can see myself referring to the lessons found in this book often in the future.

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for a review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.)

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Author: RLJ

Hi. My name is Randy Jackson. I hope what I write helps you to grow in your relationship with God and to think more deeply about the things of God.

2 thoughts on “Review of Perry Noble’s The Most Excellent Way to Lead”

  1. I am very saddened over the Perry Noble firing. Incredibly tragic and my heart breaks for the church and very impressionable new believers. I don’t think firing him was the best thing. Why not a medical leave? If his alcoholism is a sickness, why not give him a medical leave like he would receive if he had cancer. This could have been a huge redemptive win for the church. What a great statement the church could have said to the world: “As many of you face this same struggle of alcoholism, we are going to rally around our founding pastor as he receives the treatment he needs. We are a redemptive church!” I get it when the pastor is caught having an affair or stealing money or beating his wife. End of the story. Must resign. Alcoholism? Seems to be a medical issue. I don’t drink and would not recommend it to others but hurt for those whose life is wrecked by it.

    1. It is a sad situation: one in which we should pray for Perry Noble, his family, and for the church. As I understand the situation, the church leadership had on different occasions sought a resolution: they did not just dismiss their pastor at the first sign of a problem. Not knowing all of the details, I would hesitate to judge how the church handled the situation. Biblically and practically, alcoholism, like all addictions, is both a sin and a sickness. Our response should be a mixture of both confrontation and compassion. Sadly, sometimes the most compassionate action is to remove ourselves from enabling the addiction. Perhaps, that is what the church has collectively done in hopes that their former pastor will now get the help that he needs.

      Regardless, I hope that this will be a wake-up call to the dangers of alcohol. In my denomination, the SBC, it seemed to me that a few years ago some to confront legalism became too nonchalant in their attitude toward alcohol. I hope now that they will acknowledge the dangers of alcohol and perhaps be more understanding of the generation before them and the stand that generation took.

      Thank you for commenting, and thank you for your commitment to redemptive compassion.

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