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Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community
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Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community

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by Donald O. Clifton, Al Winseman, Curt Liesveld
 

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Personal stories and actionable advice for the spiritually committed, all rooted in a decades of research.

Even in a country as religious as the U.S., many people feel disengaged from their faith communities. More than half report that they really don't get the opportunity in their congregation to do what they do best. People just feel disconnected.

Maybe

Overview

Personal stories and actionable advice for the spiritually committed, all rooted in a decades of research.

Even in a country as religious as the U.S., many people feel disengaged from their faith communities. More than half report that they really don't get the opportunity in their congregation to do what they do best. People just feel disconnected.

Maybe it's because those faith communities make unwitting missteps: Pastors ask shy people to be Greeters, or recruit innately disorganized people to coordinate church events.

The problem is simply this: Too many people's talents are going unappreciated. But it doesn't have to be this way. Living Your Strengths shows readers how to use their innate gifts to enrich their faith communities. The book —- written by onetime pastors Albert Winseman and Curt Liesveld, and Donald O. Clifton, co-author of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths —- shows people how to identify and affirm their talents, and how to use them for growth and service. Most importantly, Living Your Strengths helps people discover their true calling.

The book includes an ID code that gives readers access to StrengthsFinder.com, a personality assessment that reveals user's top 5 talent themes. Spiritual enrichment begins with turning talents into strengths. Living Your Strengths is an indispensable guide to help readers to just that.

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Publishers Weekly
This is the religious spinoff of Clifton's first coauthored bestseller, Now, Discover Your Strengths, which was aimed more squarely at the business world. The principles in both books are the same: individuals will be happier and more successful if they build on their strengths, rather than focusing on overcoming their weaknesses. The authors call for a "strengths revolution" in churches that will allow more congregants to feel they contribute by doing what they do best. If congregational leaders can identify members' strengths and assign tasks in harmony with those traits, they will enjoy a greater sense of connection to and satisfaction with their religious communities-something the authors suggest is in short supply. It is a simple message fleshed out by an inventory of 34 possible "signature themes." Readers can determine their own top five signature themes by using an ID code (unique to each book copy) to take an online personality test developed by the Gallup Organization. The authors' "theology of strengths" refers to Paul's sermon on "the body of Christ" (1 Corinthians) and Christ's parable of the talents, among other biblical passages. This is an action-oriented book, and taking the test will give readers a personal hook. It should appeal to religious book groups as well as individuals and church leaders. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595620026
Publisher:
Gallup Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
86,087
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Al Winseman is Global Practice Leader for Faith-Based Organizations for The Gallup Organization. Since joining Gallup in 2000 to develop this new practice area, Winseman has led research into the characteristics of effective congregations. Prior to joining Gallup, Winseman served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 15 years. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Jane, and their two daughters, Julie and Kaleigh.

Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., (1924-2003) was past chairman of The Gallup Organization and coauthor of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths and other books. He was named the Grandfather of Positive Psychology and the Father of Strengths Psychology by the American Psychological Association. He is survived by his wife Shirley, four children, and nine grandchildren.

Curt Liesveld is a Senior Developmental Analyst, Consultant and Seminar Leader for The Gallup Organization. Since joining the company in 1999, Liesveld has led leadership and management seminars for many of Gallup’s clients in the corporate, education, church, and government sectors. Prior to joining Gallup he was a church leader and pastor in the Reformed Church in America for 23 years. Liesveld lives with his wife, Rosanne, in Lincoln, Nebraska

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Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AshlandOregon More than 1 year ago
I found the authors' articulation of the information to be clear, organized, and beneficial. It is great for the high school senior or college freshman, to help get started on the appropropriate path.
Meekmock More than 1 year ago
The Strengthsfinder test and this book put a whole new spin on stewardship of time and talent. It makes so much sense when you think about helping fellow parishioners find their place in ministry. God has given each of us our own unique talents and strengths and these are what we should be developing. The book gives practical suggestions for doing just that. It is so liberating to know I don't necessarily have to work on my weaknesses, but use my strengths to be happy in any situation, whether it be work, family relationships, or volunteering at my church.
jeffreyh27 More than 1 year ago
Living Your Strengths uncovers what GOD has Designed us to be, Detail oriented, not some dont worry-be happy, nonsensical from Dr. Phil.
A Cutting edge look into WHo we Really are, and helps us to stop fighting it.
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