In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen is one of my favorite authors which is evident in him being the most represented author in my library. I love his extraordinary ability to write about deep theological issues in relatively simple and relatable terms. A skill he probably acquired working many years in the academe teaching at prestigious schools such as Harvard and Yale and then later serving at the L’Arche community of Daybreak.

When I saw that he had written In the Name of Jesus, a book specifically on Christian leadership, I could not wait to read it. Like most of Nouwen’s works, it took me less than a day to read it but it is a book I will not forget.

The book is a response to a simple question: what will Christian leadership need in the twenty-first century? Though written nearly 25 years ago, Nouwen’s words still endure today.

As recorded in Matthew 4, after spending forty days in the desert Jesus was tempted three times. Nouwen walks us through each of these temptations and how they are relevant in our Christian leaders today.

Anyone who wants to serve in a ministry environment or serve in any industry with a Christ-like attitude will benefit greatly from this book.

I am a big fan of quotes and my favorite quote from this book: “The mystery of ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God.”