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Hand Me Another Brick

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Do others look to you for leadership? Do you face a major task or shoulder heavy responsibilities? Do you want to take your leadership skills to a higher level?

When Nehemiah confronted the task of rebuilding Jerusalem's wall, he was heartbroken by the damage he saw and nearly overwhelmed by the task that lay before him. Yet through the application of timeless leadership pr
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Published December 1st 1998 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published June 26th 1978)
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Oct 06, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me quite some time to get through. It is a deep dive into the book of Nehemiah through the lens of leadership. It discusses the qualities and perspectives that can enable you to be a better leader by reviewing each of the actions, inactions, reactions, prayers and petitions that Nehemiah made. There is a lot of stuff here.
I know for me, after reading this, it is more about how to apply some of these principles into my life. For that though, the particular copy I had included a stu
Aug 10, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership, 2013
I was caught off guard by the 1980s cover for this book: under it lies such a gem for ministry!! Swindoll demonstrates leadership principles clearly from the story of Nehemiah. Another suitable title for this book would be "The Praying Leader", Swindoll makes also a very strong case for the spiritual life of leaders (more than other leadership books I've read or heard about). Awesome for anyone (not just pastors: business men, professors, moms, student club leaders, you name it).
Melissa AuClair
Jan 22, 2013 Melissa AuClair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm biased cause I've never read a bad Charles R. Swindoll book.

But it really was good. With the exception of some references to leaders in large organizations, the book applies to everyone- because we all lead- whether we lead our children or the people in our sphere of influence at the office, the committee or the mentoring group.

Plus, the story of Nehemiah is SO good and I don't hear a lot of teaching on the life lessons in this Bible book- it was an encouraging and helpful read.
Sep 06, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

An excellent volume on leadership based upon the book of Nehemiah. Swindoll has managed to write in a way that is readily understandable without sacrificing depth (a rare talent in my experience). Definitely a book I would recommend!
Jul 12, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OUTSTANDING - a must read at least once a year!!
Jan 02, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy bueno, lo leí en 2 días y lo volveré a leer, aprendí mucho, realmente no veía de esa manera la vida de Nehemías, es un gran ejemplo de vida.
Lo recomiendo mucho!
Jay Crook
Feb 09, 2017 Jay Crook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read concerning leadership using Nehemiah as the example.
Jerry Simmons
Aug 09, 2011 Jerry Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book by Charles Swindoll is an in-depth study of the book of Nehemiah. Swindoll begins the book with the background and overview of Nehemiah’s work in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. He follows Nehemiah’s three different roles: Cup bearer, builder and governor.
Swindoll considers the prayer life of the cup bearer. He digs deep into the story to uncover the powerful principles that Nehemiah lived by as he waited and prayed for Jerusalem. Did you know that he waited and prayed for four mont
Pat Roseman
An older book about Christian leadership but the principles are still true.
Feb 16, 2016 Mr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hand Me Another Brick is a concise book on leadership and the qualities required of a leader. Swindoll explains these qualities through the narrative of Nehemiah.

Using the chronological layout of the Book of Nehemiah, Swindoll shows the ups and downs of becoming and being a leader of a group of people. In summary, the qualities required to be an effective leader are: a prayerful life, conviction in what you believe, a joyous perspective, ability to take constructive criticism, continual planning
I enjoyed this book so much that I took notes on each chapter as I was reading it. Swindoll systematically identifies the qualities of a good leader and also the practical steps leaders can follow to deal with discouragement, promotions, the unknowns, passivity, and other problems as he follows the story of Nehemiah chronologically. Prayer, action, obedience, and other good qualities are encouraged, and I'll definitely be re-reading my notes often.
Gerald Thomson
Swindoll does a nice job of intertwining the story of Nehemiah and contemporary leadership skills, helping both the leader and those who follow those leaders. There is also wonderful insight into how to approach problems and opposition, using Nehemiah as an example of prayer and patience. The section about praying for those in leadership over you is very good, helping you to focus on what you can control and leaving to God what only He can change.
Jan 05, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this back in 1989 or so, a copy lent to me by a friend. Several years ago, I saw this paperback version and picked it up to add to my library. I have enjoyed and been challenged once again by Swindoll's study of leadership from the life of Nehemiah, and I would predict this is a volume I will revisit once again. I highly recommend it as a "good read."
May 02, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard about this book forever, but only recently began to read it for myself. It is essentially a commentary on Nehemiah, but it is much to practical to be just that. It is a leadership book filled with all kinds of helpful advice to those who lead companies, churches, and families. Great read!!
Jennifer Parker
I thought this book was really good. I enjoyed getting to read about the author's example of Nehemiah and how Nehemiah, with God's help, became a leader. Also I found interesting the different aspects of leadership Nehemiah had done described in this book. If you are looking for some guidance on leadership, or want to gain knowledge on leadership, check this book out.
Jan 06, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on servant leadership based on the book of Nememiah. I read this several years ago and learned A LOT! I'm reading it again now with my small group and learning even more. I think this is a must-read for any Christian in leadership.
Nov 03, 2008 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kris by: my dad
Shelves: spirituality
The first book of spirituality I ever read. My dad recommended this after making a decision to follow Jesus as a 16 year old. Chuck Swindoll won me over as a gifted pastor communicating the difficulty in following Jesus and the hope for success.
Dec 01, 2013 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to me as one of the best leadership books ever written. I don't know if it reached that status for me, but I really enjoyed it and loved that he took the leadership skills/ideas straight from the Bible.
Aug 03, 2011 Bro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super! I love this book and the sermon series. It is a real page turner.
Jessica Halt
Definitely better as a Bible Study than a personal read.
Pam Hylbert-eder
I went through this book with the sermon series. A fantastic and Insightful study for those in leadership positions or possibly moving towards leadership.
Jul 06, 2010 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
If u need an encouragement to press on, this book will inspire and assure u that God can and will overcome the impossible when he calls n gives u the task to complete
Read this in preparation for a missions class I taught in the book of Nehemiah. Simple principles of leadership from the life of Nehemiah are pointed out. Nothing heavy or deep.
One of my favorite Chuck Swindoll books of all-time. What a great resource to understand how God used a simple man to do a great thing among God's people.
Seth Pierce
Sep 08, 2014 Seth Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice little companion book to the book of Nehemiah. Not the most scholarly, and a few cliches given the age of th book, but some good timeless principals and ideas that will preach well.
Dec 27, 2012 Darrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful look into what makes a great leader.
Kendra Thiel
Oct 18, 2016 Kendra Thiel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: encounter
Excellent book on leadership that examines a little-known character from the Bible, Nehemiah.
Apr 23, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books on leadership.
Jan 21, 2017 HailSaira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encouraging book for someone who wants a light Christian read.
Sep 13, 2012 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good look at what we are called to as leaders.
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Charles Swindoll has devoted over four decades to two passions: an unwavering commitment to the practical communication and application of God's Word, and an untiring devotion to seeing lives transformed by God's grace. Chuck graduated magna cum laude from Dallas Theological Seminary and has since been honored with four doctorates. For his teaching on Insight for Living, he has received the Progra ...more
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