Saint Peter’s Principles: Leadership for Those Who Already Know Their Incompetence
Peter A. Lillback (P&R Publishing, 2019) 596 pp.
Lillback, president and professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, focuses on the life of Peter and gives 128 insights from his life and letters. The first principle is “Every leader must confess with St. Peter, ‘I am a sinful man’ (Luke 5:8).” Playing off Laurence Peter’s famous book, The Peter Principle, Lillback reminds us that we do not rise to our highest level of incompetence. That is where we start. The question is not “Are we competent?” but “Have we authentically seen our flaws, our failures, and our weaknesses that interpenetrate even our greatest strengths and our most notable successes?” (p. 4). Each chapter ends with “Spiritual Exercises”—questions to help one apply the principle. This is a book not to be read alone, but in community with other friends and leaders. We begin with incompetence and seek to learn wisdom in the midst of that incompetence. This is a book full of wisdom to be digested slowly.
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