I often work with authors. It’s invigorating and rewarding work. But working with one particular author honored and blessed me in more ways than I could imagine. So, it’s hard to imagine how thrilled I am to announce that my brother, Dr. Rev., has a book coming out soon and is now available for pre-order.
My brother, Rev. Dr. Tod E. Bolsinger, is kind of a big deal. He’s a nationally recognized consultant for leadership, a published author, accomplished speaker and now the vice president of Christian formation at one of the nation’s most significant Christian seminaries. Every accolade that comes his way is well deserved. But above all of this success, Tod is first and foremost a person who dedicated his life to God as a young man and then lived it out to the very best of his ability. Dig deep under his skin and you find what you see from his first handshake: an unwavering disciple of Christ.
All of this is significant, but if Tod is anything to our family, he is our Catholic priest. He marries us, he has buried some of us, he is there when tragedy befalls us and celebrates enthusiastically when life rewards us. For more than 30 years, Tod has done one thing I value more than anything else: He has been there.
In his latest book, Tod offers an incredible realization to the Christian community, neatly captured in the title: Canoeing the Mountains. Ever since Tod asked me to help edit his book, I have been struck by the wisdom of this title. It comes from the story of Lewis and Clark on their journey to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean. These were rivermen, who washed up at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Nothing prepared them for what was to come. If they tried to use what they knew, rivers, they died in what they didn’t, mountains.
Leaders, Tod writes, prove their mettle when they adapt. When they learn to canoe mountains. When they lead others to safety and to new heights at the same time.
It’s a perfect metaphor for this post-Christian age. It’s a perfect metaphor for anyone who leads others. And it’s a damn readable book.
I hope you’ll pre-order your copy today, by clicking here for a big discount. Then review it. Share it. Promote it.
My brother Dr. Rev is the real deal. It comes through in his book. I hope you enjoy it.