Book Review | On The Run

I have read numerous leadership books in my adult life and a large number of these books deal with the same, repeated ideas or characteristics of leadership.  Each was a great source of information on how to be a leader.  I say this because after reading Steve Long’s book “On the Run” I’ve realized Steve has touched on areas of being a leader that I have never read before or even considered.  It was very refreshing to read a book on leadership that pushes you towards what God’s idea of leadership is about, not the worlds.

“On the Run” is based on the three years of David’s life in the Old Testament as he was running away from Saul in the wilderness.  Steve draws out from David’s time of running different insights that David needed to learn. David needed to become a man after God’s heart. He also needed to learn the various lessons he did, in order to become the King that God wanted him to be.

  It was very refreshing to read a book on leadership that pushes you towards what God’s idea of leadership is about, not the worlds.

As Christians I believe we are all called to be leaders, in whatever area of life God has asked us to be in.  Most of us want to lead; Steve invites us to “become the leader you are destine to be!”  On the Run gives a biblical real life insight on what a leader not only looks like but also what a person needs to do to start acting like a leader, even if they haven’t stepped into a leadership position. 

Not only is Steve teaching truths about leadership he then asks you to apply these insights into your very own life.  While Sandra’s prayers focuses you as the reader back into God’s heart.

I have always thought David got the short end of the stick as he was running away from Saul who was constantly trying to kill him.  However, Steve’s insight into why God put David into the wilderness and what he needed to learn was amazing.  David needed to be a man that hears God’s voice in every circumstance.  David needed to deal with deep issue of his heart, like anger or learning to speak the truth. We also learned how necessary it was for David to deal with offenses and how amazing it was that he never harmed Saul because he listened to God not others.  As Steve exclaims “you too can be that type of leader!”

those of us who are learning how to be a leader, this book is highly recommended as a blue print to true leadership.  It is by God’s grace that we can learn from David’s victories and mistakes as he wandered the wilderness.

Another great aspect of “On the Run” is the different applications at the end of each chapter.  Not only is Steve teaching truths about leadership he then asks you to apply these insights into your very own life.  While Sandra’s prayers focuses you as the reader back into God’s heart.

For those in leadership, or those of us who are learning how to be a leader, this book is highly recommended as a blue print to true leadership.  It is by God’s grace that we can learn from David’s victories and mistakes as he wandered the wilderness.  We have the opportunity to apply these characteristics of leadership into our lives. David already did the hard work for us, we just need to believe that; as Steve declares “you and I are destined to become great leaders.”

On The Run is available from Attwell Books and Amazon.