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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
98,518
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.05(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 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tinapsr More than 1 year ago
Did you ever consider yourself that "square peg" trying to fit into a round hole? Ever have your parents see a report card with all A's and one C, and they immediately focus on how to get you to improve your "C"? Ever wonder why it seems like always the same people are asked to volunteer for church groups, yet wonder if you have a place to help? If your answer is "Yes" to any of these questions posed, then read the Living your Strengths, Discover your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community and take the Clifton StrengthFinder assessment. When you get the immediate results, review the book, you'll come away with a personal understanding of inate talents that make you -YOU. The focus of the book is to position oneself in areas of strengths, rather than try to always correct one's weaknesses. I find that the parish in which I belong is forward thinking in engaging the community members to position leadership or volunteer opportunities tothose with these inate talents, and if everything goes according to plan, will lead to more fulfillment on the part of volunteer and committment to a service that benefits from ones special talents. Don't forget the college students that are trying to discern their major. Having a better understanding of the top strengths will lead to more satisfaction in career choices, since the insight provided will be one one reflecting the student's strengths, rather than produce a degree that disconnects from where the true happiness and pursuit of a career may be better aligned. So parents, praise the good grades, and focus on the career path that the student excels in, rather than trying to make the student that may be holding a square peg fit into a round hole.