Love Works

During some vacation time, I am trying to work my way through a stack of books. I just finished Joel Manby’s book, Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leadership. This was a quick and enjoyable read as Manby weaves his life and experience with biblical principles.

After a successful history in the auto industry with Saturn and Saab, Manby became the president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, the largest family-owned theme park corporation in the U.S. “Manby and his team have proven you can get financial results and lead with love, generating a 14% annual return to shareholders while also helping thousands of employees in financial need via the company’s Share It Forward Foundation.” (taken from the jacket of the book)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which beautifully illustrates what followers of Christ already have been taught in the Word. Love is a priority in the Bible. When asked by a lawyer what was the greatest commandment, Jesus responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

Manby explains that love is not an emotion but rather a verb, an act of the will. Love is not only a biblical priority, it also works. ¬†Manby’s stories are wonderful and heartwarming reminders of how love can change a business and transform people. And yet this love does not come naturally. Love emanates from who we are and what the Holy Spirit produces in us.

I would highly recommend Love Works and I am delighted that we have Joel Manby as the keynote speaker for the launch of our Kingdom Builders on Sept. 9.

2 Responses to Love Works
  1. Robert Wegner

    Never been a business person, but am excited about this new ministry. Sounds like Joel Manby is a great choice to kickoff the Kingdom Builders.

  2. Dea Chesnutt

    No wonder Saturn was so successful when it was started at GM. The Love of the Lord makes a noteable difference in everything. I was working at GM when Saturn began, the employes were happy and they made a fabulous product. still driving mine and love it.