In turbulent times, King David united a nation--and his hard-earned wisdom can bring us together today. This new 30 Days With book offers a month of readings plus ideas for small-group discussion. David ranks among the world's greatest heroes for defeating Goliath and best-selling authors for writing Psalms. He is honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims. In this book, pastor, educator and leadership coach Larry Buxton shows us how David embodies 14 crucial values shared by effective leaders to this day.
Just as the first volume in this series invites readers to spend 30 Days With Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest unifying figures in American history, Buxton's book is a call for all of us to remember values that unite us. Buxton dedicates "this book to everyone who believes that the character of any leader is of critical importance to our nation, our institutions, our congregations and our homes; and to all those who seek to let God shape their character as more virtuous human beings, that their influence may spread to heal our world."
Answering that call in the opening pages are two nationally known political leaders--one a Democrat and one a Republican, who came together in these pages to urge all of us to read these 30 short stories drawn from David's often tragically learned lessons about life.
In his Foreword, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine writes: "From the blockbuster arc of David's life, Larry Buxton assembles 30 short chapters on key leadership traits--patience, vision, humility, integrity, openness, tenderness, forgiveness, courage, gratitude, self-control, surrender, perseverance, calmness, justice. Buxton helps us see how David either exhibited these values or catastrophically failed to achieve them. The chapters are probing and conversational--with references from the worlds of literature, sports, politics and entertainment to illustrate how to apply these lessons to our everyday challenges."
In his Preface, Andrew H. Card, who served in Washington D.C. during two Bush administrations, writes: "No matter what your faith or tradition of worship--and, no matter your role in business, management, philanthropy, sports, politics, government or family--you will find the adventures in these 30 daily readings extremely relevant and highly motivating. We need to meet David again through Larry Buxton's wise retelling of these stories--so that we all can lift up the best values in leadership in our institutions, our nation and our world."
About the Author
The Rev. Dr. Larry Buxton began Larry Buxton Coaching after a distinguished 41-year career as an ordained clergyperson in the United Methodist Church, educated at Yale Divinity School. He is a certified Resilient Leadership coach. In coaching, he draws on his training with family systems pioneers Murray Bowen and Ed Friedman to improve leaders' functioning in organizations. Larry knows the unique and complex challenges of leading communities through times of stability as well as times of crisis. Larry teaches at Wesley Seminary, Washington, DC., where he earned his doctorate. His wife Beverly also is a leadership development coach and trainer. They have two married sons and two grandchildren. Larry enjoys travel and is a sought-after speaker and educator.
Andrew Hill Card, Jr. has been a leader in the U.S. auto industry, a top figure in Washington D.C. and an educator. Among his many roles, he served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush and was Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. He also was president of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire until his retirement in 2016.
Timothy Michael Kaine is the U.S. Senator from Virginia. An attorney and educator, Kaine has served as an elected leader at local, state and national levels since 1994. In the 1990s, he was mayor of Richmond; in 2005, he was elected Governor of Virginia; in 2016, he was Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential running mate; then, in 2018, he was re-elected to the U.S. Senate.