Broken and Whole
In his nearly four decades of pastoral, parachurch and nonprofit ministry leadership Steve Macchia has come to understand his own brokenness. He writes: "I've experienced great success and embarrassing failure. I've considered myself effective, and I've watched myself implode. I've brought others a lot of joy, and I've dished out my share of disappointment. In essence, as much as I like to view myself as a good or very good leader, in fact I'm more truthfully a blessed and broken leader—one who is daily in need of being renewed by the Spirit of God who resides in me."
In Broken and Whole Steve offers the gifts of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 as the antidote to our brokenness. He writes with personal transparency from his own experience. Each chapter concludes with a powerful spiritual assessment tool to use in reflecting on our own leadership strengths and weaknesses. By embracing and befriending our own brokenness we can find true wholeness in God’s strength. As you progress through the book, you will discover a new way to live in freedom and joy.
All proceeds from the sale of Broken and Whole further the mission of Leadership Transformations.
Within these pages Macchia will address:
- if it is acceptable to have a competitive spirit;
- how to keep pride from taking hold of the heart;
- what to do when fear and worry are hard to shake;
- ways to keep envy and jealousy at bay;
- the importance of patience in every relationship; and
- how God can redeem each specific area of weakness.
Praise for Broken and Whole:
"Thank you for writing this important piece for leaders."
— Eugene Peterson, author of The Message
“It takes audacity and humility to confess your own frailty and folly. It takes grace and wisdom to mine these things for enduring life lessons. Stephen brings all that to this book. He is a man who listens deeply to his own life and who flourishes because of, not in spite of, weakness and brokenness. And he writes so well, so honestly and so practically about these things that I feel a fresh rush of hope that my own weakness and brokenness is the path to wholeness.”
— Mark Buchanan, author of Your Church is Too Safe
"I once heard a greatly respected spiritual formation writer muse, 'Wouldn't it be good if people would talk about their weaknesses as a way of introducing themselves.' And this is exactly the pattern of transparency Stephen A. Macchia follows as he talks about his own brokenness before describing his path to change. What a wonderful way to present the wholeness described in 1 Corinthians 13—the love that is God's, the love that can bubble up within the leader."
— Gary W. Moon, Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College, editor of Eternal Living
"Our world values people who break records and outperform others. This pressure to crash through human limits and exercise grandiose powers presents temptations to spin, compare, exaggerate and sell ourselves. Any help we can get in addressing pretense, dishonesty and addiction to self is welcome. Steve offers Jesus' own living path of love as a way forward. The path to awareness, freedom and God is meant for us all."
— Adele Calhoun, copastor, Redeemer Community Church, author of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook
"The greatest commandment for leaders isn't any different than the greatest commandment for anyone. Love God. Love people. Stephen has given us a vision of Christian leadership that is more patient than hurried, more Jesus-promoting than self-promoting and more generous than self-serving. His candor and humble self-revelation is inviting and grace-giving. I highly recommend Broken and Whole."
— Alan Fadling, executive director, The Leadership Institute, author of An Unhurried Life
"In Broken and Whole, Steve Macchia honestly, openly, and humbly invites us into his own stories of brokenness as a leader, and into the wonder of the grace of God. Surely, as Paul teaches, God's power is manifested in our weakness. Steve understands this well and offers Paul's teaching in 1 Corinthians 13 as a road map for leaders seeking forgiveness, wholeness, and strength in the vocations to which they've been called. This is a book that will help many. It has helped me.
— Chris Hall, President, Renovaré