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A review of Home Run: Learn God's Game Plan for Life and Leadership
by Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell
Review by Anna Herring

In Home Run (FaithWords, 2014), Kevin Myers and John Maxwell take a frank look at our tendency to take shortcuts in life and leadership. In the language of the book's dominant metaphor, we want to run to third base first. But drawing on Romans 12:1-2, the authors explain why and how to run the bases in the correct order.

They begin at home plate, where we all step up to bat. Home plate is where we need to learn foundational spiritual practices, like Bible-reading and prayer.

First base is where we must succeed with solid character. They underscore that failing on seemingly small issues of integrity can have a negative lifetime impact. If we cannot win with ourselves, we will never make it to second base.

Second base is where we strive to win with others. God designed us to be in relationship, yet our selfishness tends to sabotage our connections with others. Myers describes four actions that work in every relationship: value others more than yourself, give more than you take, forgive what you can't forget, and let God change people.

Third base involves our careers or lifestyle. This is where we must gain competence. Unfortunately, our culture often promotes a succeed-at-all-costs mentality, which can result in broken relationships (second base) and lapses in character (first base).

In order to score a home run, the authors stress we must do everything for God's glory, not our own. It is accomplished through discovering God's purpose for our lives, giving ourselves to others, inviting others into the journey, and helping others discover their purpose in God's plan.

Personal stories and biblical lessons help enhance the lessons of the bases. The authors demonstrate how your life can align with God's will if you follow God's plan. Perhaps most powerful are the stories from Myers who shares his personal shortcomings and how they affected his family and church. This vulnerability allows readers to establish a personal connection with the author.

The book provides a great map for succeeding in your personal and professional lives. It skillfully introduces theologically-based instruction for those that may be unfamiliar with biblical content, while weaving in personal stories. Myers clearly communicates how running the bases out of order can cause disappointment and frustration while Maxwell provides snippets of leadership insight that encapsulate the book's wisdom. Home Run makes an excellent, accessible leadership study for businesses or small groups.

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