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Leadership and Emotional Sabotage: Resisting the Anxiety That Will Wreck Your Family, Destroy Your Church, and Ruin the World

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Joe Rigney

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Joe Rigney serves as Fellow of Theology at New Saint Andrews College. He is a husband, a father of three, and the author of a number of books, including Things of Earth and Strangely Bright.

AUTHOR: Joe Rigney

BINDING: Hardback

PAGE COUNT: 120 pages

SIZE: 5.5x8.5"

ISBN 10: 1-59128-040-0

ISBN-13: 978-1-59128-040-8

RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2024

Who are you when the teeth come out?

For every true act of leadership, there is an equal and monstrous act of sabotage.

Look Inside the Book

Our leaders have been entirely routed by the agitated and the anxious. These emotional tyrannies manifest themselves in local libraries, HR cubicles, elder meetings, and at your Thanksgiving dinners.

In this book Professor Joe Rigney seeks to recover the nerve of old that steadied leaders to make tough calls. The nerve that braces them when sabotage comes--because it will. The nerve that has more fun than its enemies.

Cheer up, there's no way out but through.


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People Are Saying:

"Outstanding...Biblical leadership for the unique cultural moment we’re in. It will challenge you.”~Andrew T. Walker, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Weak leaders often fail by a failure of nerve (especially by fearing to take stands at the risk of displeasing people). In this book Joe explains what a leader should do when people are highly reactive and anxious and combustible—like a gas leak that can explode with just a spark.”~Andy Naselli —Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament for Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis and one of the pastors of The North Church

“A critical and sobering read for fathers and organizational leaders. With pinpoint accuracy Rigney diagnoses the chaotic ethos of our age and draws from the wellspring of Scriptural wisdom to reintroduce joyful and steadfast leadership in Christ.”~Jeremy Tate, CEO of the Classical Learning Test

"In a day when an egalitarian spirit has flattened any respect for authority and the most miserable member is consoled most and considered first by unassuming leaders, Leadership and Emotional Sabotage is necessary reading. Senior pastors would do well to read a copy, and they would do better to read this book with their fellow elders, ministers, or church leaders. On the topic of emotional sabotage, this short book by Joe Rigney provides a neon sign that explains much of the inexplicable challenges pastors face in our anxious age. Take up, read, and share."~David Schrock (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), pastor of preaching and theology at Occoquan Bible Church in Woodbridge, Virginia

Customer Reviews

Based on 91 reviews
Tim K.
Best book on leadership I have read

I’ve been a pastor for 42 years and love to read. I’ve read a lot of fine books on leadership over the years but some rise to the top for their exceptional instruction and insight. This book provides greater insight into leading in the present moment than any book I have read. It is full of wisdom. The chapter on leadership in the church is worth the price of the book and a couple of the pages in that chapter are so good they are worth memorizing. A book like this doesn’t come along very often. I’ve recommended it to virtually every pastor I know. I also think wives would benefit immensely from reading it — to know how to encourage their husbands in this vital task of leadership.

Alex H.

Leadership and Emotional Sabotage: Resisting the Anxiety That Will Wreck Your Family, Destroy Your Church, and Ruin the World

Briana R.
Highly recommend this book!

This was an amazing read and was a wonderful gift. It was eye opening and life changing. Thank you!!

Jordan J.
Required reading for all men

A fantastic no-frills exposition of what leadership truly looks like. Prepare to feel eviscerated and yet somehow encouraged and ready to dive in the deep murk of leadership to the glory of The Father.

Adrian H.

I liked the book, it gave me some things to think about.

Tryston M.
Wonderfully Edifying

This book was an emense help to me. I want to get a copy got all my Church elders and friends.

Samuel G.

Leadership and Emotional Sabotage: Resisting the Anxiety That Will Wreck Your Family, Destroy Your Church, and Ruin the World

Casey L.
Great book packed with nuggets of biblical and practical wisdom.

A great book packed with nuggets of biblical and practical wisdom. The first chapter spends time discussing concepts from Shakespeare that were meant to give understanding to the content of the book. I feel this was unnecessary - the book's wisdom stood on its own. Otherwise, it was an excellent book that we will be using for leadership development at our church going forward.

Josh P.
I liked the title. It seems to fit the content.

Joe did a good job explaining his assessment and solution for leadership with men. The beginning starts out a bit slow and difficult to really grab hold of the plot, but as you keep reading it starts to fit in place.

Jon R.

I have read and reread this several times. I have also heard Dr. Rigney speak on it too. This book is a MUST read for all who are in leadership. But it is also a MUST read for all church members, parents, teachers, and students. So basically everyone should read this. Our men at our church are reading it this summer and I expect it will have a great impact on our church. Thank you for the great book.

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