Spiritual Intelligence: Discover Your SQ. Deepen Your Faith. [NOOK Book]

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Western culture has long prized the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) as a benchmark of a person's mental abilities. And since the mid-nineties we have known of other forms of intelligence such as emotional and social. Now, prolific author, former pastor, and leadership development specialist Alan E. Nelson introduces "spiritual intelligence"--a person's ability to assimilate faith into everyday life.
Churches and individuals are coming to the conclusion that far too many people are ...
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Spiritual Intelligence: Discover Your SQ. Deepen Your Faith.

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Overview

Western culture has long prized the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) as a benchmark of a person's mental abilities. And since the mid-nineties we have known of other forms of intelligence such as emotional and social. Now, prolific author, former pastor, and leadership development specialist Alan E. Nelson introduces "spiritual intelligence"--a person's ability to assimilate faith into everyday life.
Churches and individuals are coming to the conclusion that far too many people are active in church their entire lives but never mature, going directly from Pampers to Depends. How can this be? In Spiritual Intelligence, Nelson will help readers take charge of their spiritual growth by helping them incorporate methods Jesus used in teaching his disciples. Readers will assess their own spiritual maturity and learn what steps to take next in their journey of discipleship.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nelson, author of 14 books, believes that spiritual journeys are team efforts. He adapts Daniel Goleman’s concept of emotional intelligence to Christian life, harnessing it to create teams that assist in developing spiritual lives. Experiencing the spiritual trip with others speeds the journey. Spiritual Intelligence “road maps” include Bible study and shared experiences of team members and human pathfinders. Nelson is a professional leadership trainer who views nurturing the soul as the mission that can fuel church growth. Spiritual maturity requires an organized effort beyond Sunday worship; it can be attained by creating disciples who then become pathfinders for others. By helping others, the author says, Christians get beyond emotional stumbling blocks and grow in relation to a heavenly parent. His ideas on gathering together, writing a covenant, and maintaining group harmony, activities for which he provides workbook exercises, keep the book moving along. He neatly defines five dominant soul types that the local church encounters and how a church can create teams to work together as spiritual partners. In a world of superficial social networking, Nelson proposes committed relationships. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Nelson (founder, KidLead), a former pastor, asserts that too many Christians in the benches fail to achieve spiritual maturity; he connects personal spiritual development to the lessons that Jesus gave his disciples. Each section includes "interaction ideas" and activities; the book also features an appendix on applications of the method to the development of an "SI" (spiritually intelligent) church. VERDICT Nelson's accessible style, with clear guides and suggestions, should make these chapters useful for both the individual and the church group.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441207586
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,168,573
  • File size: 690 KB

Meet the Author

Alan E. Nelson (EdD) is a leadership development specialist. He was a pastor for more than 20 years and is the author of fourteen books on personal growth and leadership. He is the founder/CEO of KidLead, an organization dedicated to training effective, ethical leaders.
Alan E. Nelson (EdD) is a leadership development specialist. He was a pastor for more than 20 years and is the author of fourteen books on personal growth and leadership. He is the founder/CEO of KidLead, an organization dedicated to training effective, ethical leaders.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Foreword Les Parrott 11

Introduction: From Pampers to Depends 15

Section I A Spiritual Journey

1 It's Your Soul: Taking Responsibility for Your Own Spiritual Growth 23

2 Soul Cartography: Assessing Your Journey toward Spiritual Intelligence 33

3 Jesus's Soul Growth Method: Why Most Spiritual Activities Don't Get Us Where We Want to Go 51

4 The Travel Team: Tapping the Power of a Spiritual Journey Group and Enjoying It 63

5 Directions: GPS for the Soul 87

6 Experiencing the Trip: Activating Your Passion and Knowledge 107

7 The Path Finder: Increasing Your Rate of Growth and Avoiding Plateaus 125

Section II Planning Your Trip

8 Reading the Odometer: Measuring Your Progress While Avoiding Legalism 143

9 Roadblocks and Detours: How to Stay Out of the Ditch 151

10 Makes and Models: Determining Your Soul Type 163

11 Enjoying the Journey: Spiritual Intelligence Is Wings Not Weights 177

12 Are "We There Yet? Recognizing the Destination of Spiritual Intelligence 191

Appendix A The Journey: A Spiritual Health Assessment and Development Plan 201

Appendix B The SI Church 215

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