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Ready to Lead

Growing Leaders - Youth Edition

Ruth Hassall

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This book is full of Ruth's passion, inspiration and challenge for young people to embrace their God-given leadership gift. Read it, love it and do what it says!
Matt Summerfield, Urban Saints

Content

There may be many reasons why you are interested in this book. Maybe someone recommended it for you, recognising that you have an ability to lead others. Maybe you are already in leadership, or you know that God has called you to be a leader and you want to grow in that role. Maybe you don't see yourself as a leader at all, but there's something inside you that wants to find out more...

Maybe you know of young people in your church or community who you think have the makings of a leader? Giving them this book could be what they need to start them on that path.

This book is written for you, whichever category you are in. It explores what it means to be a young Christian leader in all kinds of settings - at church, school or college, on the sports field, even at home. It also unpacks wisdom and encouragement from 1 and 2 Timothy, two New Testament letters written by an older leader to a younger friend.

Ready to Lead is published together with CPAS, to go alongside their course Growing Leaders - Youth Edition. As with the popular book Growing Leaders, Ready to Lead as a stand-alone book as well as an accompaniment to the course.

This book is full of Ruth's passion, inspiration and challenge for young people to embrace their God-given leadership gift. Read it, love it and do what it says!
Matt Summerfield, Urban Saints

Finally - the book every church needs to equip young people for leadership!
Claire Farley, Youth Pastor

Endorsements

This book is full of Ruth's passion, inspiration and challenge for young people to embrace their God-given leadership gift. Read it, love it and do what it says!
Matt Summerfield, Urban Saints

Finally - the book every church needs to equip young people for leadership!
Claire Farley, Youth Pastor

If there is an idea, invitation or opportunity that means you are becoming a leader, I highly recommend you dive into Ready to Lead and go for it.
Ian MacDonald, Diocesan Youth Adviser

Author info

Ruth Hassall works as CPAS's Leadership Development Adviser with a focus on youth, heading up the Growing Leaders programme, including developing material for teenagers. After working as Youth Pastor at St Thomas', Lancaster, she was appointed as CMS's National Children's Adviser. She joined CPAS in 2004 as Head of Pathfinders and had a Grove booklet on tweenagers', published in 2007.

Reviews

From: The Good Bookstall - March 2009

Ready to Lead works so well for me for two reasons. Firstly the dynamics of Ruth Hassall's faith leap out from the text on every page and then she brings the end of each chapter right back to you in a totally practical and challenging way.

This book combines personal testimony and Bible Study with a route map for anybody involved in or considering Christian leadership. But best of all it strips away the layers of clutter which we all accumulate in our busy 21st Century lives and takes you right back to some of the Christian basics from individual prayer life to the compassion with which we should see those in need. If you feel God is calling you to a leadership role, keep a copy of Ready to Lead handy.

Reviewed by Julian Finbow

From: The Sophia Network website, March 2009

Having just finished reading Ready to Lead I felt eager to write this book review. What can I say? I think this is the book about youth leadership that I would love to have written myself. Ruth starts as she means to go on - and connected with me about her experiences of moving into leadership early on in life. She has an authentic style to her writing; relating her own experience to leadership models, the Bible and where young people are at (from her own experience as a young person and also a youth pastor).

Each chapter opens with a 'Dear Ruth' scenario from a young person, followed by options for how you would respond - this immediately got me thinking. The end of each chapter has action points and ideas for further study - particularly useful if you are reading this as a group or just like a challenge.

Ruth starts with defining Christian leadership and looks at: you as a young leader; being a follower of Jesus; what your heart is like; and what makes you, you. She moves on to look at team dynamics thankfully without too much jargon; followed by leading where you are at - or rather where God has placed you. The idea of us being 'double agents' (or living two lives) is addressed sensitively and honestly. Ruth is extremely supportive in this chapter especially around the big taboo - what we're like at home with our family!

The final chapters help us look outside our situation - the Bigger Picture reminds us that there is a whole world out there with many issues that possibly God would like us involved in; I found it very helpful to be guided to biographies about inspirational Christian Leaders- I always like to be recommended books by people who have actually read them!

Having had experience of leading the adult Growing Leaders Course and accompanying a number of young people through it I was keen to see two things in Ruth's book: Firstly that the book wasn't patronising to young people and secondly that the emphasis on mentoring was strong.

I am pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed - I would be proud to share this book with young people; I think it is accessible, gets to the point, and is friendly yet challenging. The idea of being mentored and having a mentor is also strongly sold, with tips on how to get a mentor and what can be expected in a mentoring session.

I want to go out and buy many copies of Ready to Lead, as I can already think of young people I would like to give this to. This book is appropriate for young people at all stages of leadership and would make a refreshing read for adults and certainly youth leaders! Thanks Ruth - a worthy addition to leadership writing.

Reviewed by Jess Bishop, Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841016207
  • Published: 23 January 2009
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112