Personal stories and actionable advice for the spiritually committed, all rooted in a decades of research.
Even in a country as religious as the U.S., many people feel disengaged from their faith communities. More than half report that they really don't get the opportunity in their congregation to do what they do best. People just feel disconnected.
Maybe it's because those faith communities make unwitting missteps: Pastors ask shy people to be Greeters, or recruit innately disorganized people to coordinate church events.
The problem is simply this: Too many people's talents are going unappreciated. But it doesn't have to be this way. Living Your Strengths shows readers how to use their innate gifts to enrich their faith communities. The book --- written by onetime pastors Albert Winseman and Curt Liesveld, and Donald O. Clifton, co-author of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths --- shows people how to identify and affirm their talents, and how to use them for growth and service. Most importantly, Living Your Strengths helps people discover their true calling.
The book includes an ID code that gives readers access to StrengthsFinder.com, a personality assessment that reveals user's top 5 talent themes. Spiritual enrichment begins with turning talents into strengths. Living Your Strengths is an indispensable guide to help readers to just that.
Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., (1924-2003) was past chairman of The Gallup Organization and coauthor of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths and other books. He was named the Grandfather of Positive Psychology and the Father of Strengths Psychology by the American Psychological Association. He is survived by his wife Shirley, four children, and nine grandchildren.
Albert L. Winseman, D.Min., is a Senior Learning and Development Consultant at Gallup. Since joining Gallup in 2000 to develop Gallup’s faith-based practice area, he has led research into the characteristics of effective congregations. Prior to joining Gallup, Winseman served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 15 years.
Curt Liesveld (1951-2015) served as a Learning and Development Senior Consultant at Gallup. After joining the company in 1999, he led leadership and management seminars for many of Gallup’s clients in the corporate, education, church and government sectors. Prior to joining Gallup, he was a church leader and pastor in the Reformed Church in America for 23 years.