Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell ~ Wednesday’s Book of the Week

Wednesday’s book of the week is by John C. Maxwell. Author of the New York Times Bestseller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and previous pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego. He was recognized at “the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014.”² I usually like to look up a video on the book or the author prior to reading their books. It gives me an insight into what I’m about to read. I found a video related to the book in the form of a sermon that he gave posted on YouTube. The book is more of the leadership training style of 21 Laws, but I found some gems from this sermon (that I’ve posted at the bottom of the page) that I want to share with you.

3 Questions every follower asks of a leader¹

  1. Do you care for me?

  2. Can you help me?

  3. Can I trust you?

and also

“Legalism overvalues works and undervalues people.”¹

These were some amazing takeaways.  If we overvalue the work and undervalue people how can we expect people to want to put their heart and soul into their work? I think about how easy it is to prescribe the legalism tag to other people. But how many times do we focus on the work instead of valuing, building up people? I say this not because I am better, but because I have seen myself fall into this trap as well. I’m looking forward to reading his book Intentional Living and I hope you’ll join me this week as we head closer to the New Year.


Sarah Jackson

Vigilant Poster Girl





  1. YouTube Video of John Maxwell
  2. Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell back cover

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