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Toughest People to Love
How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life -- Including Yourself

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PAPERBACK; Published: 5/29/2014
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7143-5
Price: $ 15.99
183 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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A practical, "must have" guidebook for anyone in a leadership position

People — frustrating, confusing, disappointing, complicated — are the most difficult part of leadership; they challenge leaders everywhere, from leaders of many to managers of a few. In this book Chuck DeGroat addresses the flawed nature of people and offers wisdom for leaders of all types in dealing with just about anyone who is difficult to lead and to love.

Toughest People to Love explores the basics of how people "tick," encouraging leaders to examine and take care of themselves so that they can better understand and care for others. Based on DeGroat's wealth of experience as a pastor, professor, and therapist, this book — both wise and practical — is one that countless leaders will go back to time and again for valuable insights and renewed vision.

Read more about this book in a blog post on Eerdword.
< br>Watch a 2014 interview with the author here, and check out the book trailer below:

John Ortberg
—author of Who Is This Man? and The Me I Want to Be
"Chuck DeGroat combines thoughtful reflection with psychological learning and spiritual vision. This book will give wise guidance to anybody who is called to lead."
Steve Brown
—author of Three Free Sins: God Isn't Mad at You
"Sometimes one discovers a book so helpful and profound that it never collects dust on one's bookshelf. Toughest People to Love is that kind of book, and I will refer to it often. Here you will find accurate, insightful diagnosis and practical, biblical remedy. As a difficult person who deals often with difficult people, I find this to be a wonderful and life-changing book. Read it and be glad!"
Justin S. Holcomb
—Episcopal priest, seminary professor, author
"Toughest People to Love is overflowing with wisdom and compassion. This is a book that I need personally, that I will assign in my seminary courses, and that will be an important resource as I develop leaders for the diocese in which I serve. . . . It is part self-awareness guide, part handbook on soul care, part leadership treatise, and part consultation on dealing with difficult people in the church."
Dan B. Allender
—author of The Wounded Heart and Leading with a Limp
"This brilliant book is a road map through the morass of convoluted relationships we all face in our families, neighborhoods, work, and ministries. . . . I wish I'd had this indispensable resource — a life-giving well — much earlier in my life. I will return often to it."
Fred Harrell
—senior pastor of City Church San Francisco
"Toughest People to Love will make you a better leader, pastor, parent, and friend. But more than anything else, this book will guide you down a path of personal renewal and give you a new trajectory in your own journey to wholeness and integration. This is a book to read again and again as we seek to love the beautiful and broken people in our lives, including the person we see when we look in the mirror."
Eric Johnson
—director of the Society for Christian Psychology
"This wise and winsome book on leadership takes us on a journey into the challenges and complexities of difficult relationships - with others and with ourselves. Reflecting the Christian wisdom that suffering can lead to human flourishing, DeGroat points us to the rest beyond bodily rest found paradoxically in the solitude and the deepening community with others that together center us in God."
Tyler Johnson
—lead pastor of Redemption Gateway Church, Mesa, Arizona
"Chuck DeGroat clearly understands the realities of pastoral ministry. This book is both theologically robust and practical and therefore takes a well-rounded approach to human formation. It will substantially help those who want to understand what Christian leadership, counseling, and friendship really mean."
"The author draws upon his experience as a pastor, seminary professor, therapist, and church leader to challenge the reader to think differently about very difficult people and to explore new ways of relating to them. . . . This spiritually insightful book is about the essential role that leaders play in cooperating with the Holy Spirit's efforts to restore the image of God in people."
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"Toughest People to Love offers insightful and practical guidance for leading and loving broken and wounded souls. Recommend it especially to pastors, other ministry leaders, and Christian businesspeople."
Christian Renewal
"There is a wealth of practical wisdom here. . . . Helpful for elders, for ministers, for teachers."