Here are some "titles" I carry: Pastor's Wife, Small Group Leader, Women's Bible Study Small Group Leader, and Children's Ministry Nursery Assistant. So to say my life contains leadership roles within the Church at times feels like an overwhelming understatement. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate the phenomenal resource that Hidden Agendas [Dropping the Masks that Keep us Apart] is for Christian leaders. Whether you hold a leadership position within the church or within a Christian setting via pastorship, lay leader, paid position, counseling or simply by default (and don't we all feel that way sometimes?), Hidden Agendas is a "must read". Steve Brown brings a very honest and refreshing look not just at the masks we wear, but also addresses which masks we may want to leave & the importance of timing when we decide to take off a mask. The authenticity that Brown brings to this work is to be commended; it strips away our tendency to "muscle it" when we are dealing with various situations because we know what our Christian outward response 'should' look like. It's hard as a leader to find resources that allow you to view your life from a different angle. Brown's work allows you to adjust your perspective, shift your spiritual focus from merely spewing head knowledge to examining your need for a heart transformation. I appreciate the way Brown includes many areas of Scripture throughout Hidden Agendas, and he even has me wanting to do an in-depth study on Paul.
I will, however, say that this book could be "dangerous" in the hands of those who are arrogant or ignorant (this is a slightly tongue-in-cheek comment, by the way...but once you read it you will understand what I am saying). But I definitely recommend it to those who lead in any capacity, and also think it would be a great discussion book for those in leadership to walk through together.
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review*