Right Turns Book Review (Authors Event)

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I just finished the brand new book Right Turns: Navigational Decisions Leading Pastors Make in Growing the Church and it was a wonderful read! My friend Dick Hardy composed this work and it is the perfect sequel to his freshman project, 27 Tough Questions Pastors Ask

Right Turns is broken down into six segments:

  • Section 1: Leadership
  • Section 2: Volunteer Development
  • Section 3: Guest Retention
  • Section 4: Personal Life
  • Section 5: Staffing
  • Section 6: Criticism

Dick covers “everything but preaching” which is great for pastors who don’t have [the best] administration in place, have reached an unhappy plateau, or simply want to do better—because we can always do better. 

For the Non-Pastors Out There

After I concluded my reading, what I realized was that Right Turns is not just for pastors. Although it certainly stems from Dick’s many years as a ministry administrator and church growth consultant, Right Turns need not be just for ministers. 

If you want advice grow growing your organization, business, or other people-based group, Right Turns is for YOU! Topics like leadership, volunteer development, customer service and hospitality (guest retention), personal life, staffing, and criticism are something we can all relate to. Here are a few examples.

  • We all need to learn how to rule without dictating.
  • We all need to learn how to motivate and train our staff and peers.
  • We all need to learn how to maintain lives of integrity and wisdom.
  • We all need to learn how to graciously deal with correct and not-so-correct criticism.

I may not presently be in ministry, but there is a wealth of relevant information to be found in Right Turns. Furthermore, because I do have an extensive background serving in various ministerial capacities, I can relate to much that is written in this book. I literally had flashbacks of many of those experiences as well as creative ideas for future ministerial endeavors. 

Right Turns is also a gem because it can be read in full or consulted on a topic-specific basic. Who wants to use their washing machine to correct a tiny spill if they can just pull out their trusty Shout wipes and spot-clean?Right Turns is perfect for both situations. I find that the “spot-cleaning” ability is one of the criteria for longevity in non-fiction literature. 

My family has been acquainted with Dick’s for almost twenty years; his daughter Erin and I attended junior high and college together. (Talk about full circle!) We also attended the same church in Des Moines, IA which is where we met. This is what our former pastor and awesome man of God, John Palmer, had to say of the book:

I had the privilege of serving at a great church with Dick for over 15 years. He is a godly man whose writing is practical, motivational, and biblical. You want to read and share Right Turns. (John Palmer; President of Emerge Ministries; Akron, Ohio)

I could not agree more!

I admonish you to order your copy of Right Turns today


If you would like to learn more about Dick Hardy, his books, his business, and his experience with writing and publishing, join us for the launch of my FREE Captive No More Authors Tele-Seminar!

This FREE event will take place on Monday, May 27th at 8pm, EST and all registrants will be entered into the GIVEAWAYS! We’ll be giving away:

  • 2 copies of Right Turns
  • 2 copies of 27 Tough Questions Pastors Ask
  • 2 copies of Identifying Absences from Dick’s Make It Happen DVD Series



Dick is just the first of many authors for the 2013 Captive No More Authors line-up, so you’ll want to register to stay in the loop! 


Visit Dick’s website: The Hardy Group!  

Right Turns on Goodreads!  

RSVP on Facebook to Captive No More Authors Launch with Dick Hardy!


Discover the NEW You (Excerpt)


This is a Q&A posed by Gospel Today Magazine to reinvention strategist and life catalyst, Marshawn Evans. Gospel Today (GT) asked Marshawn a poignant question that I believe relates to all of us so I wanted to share it with you here.

GT: Fear is a guised force that neutralizes progress. How can the believer confront and overcome “fear” and move to discovering and using their gifts of service (in the church and in the marketplace)?

Evans: Without (the presence of) fear, there would be no need for faith! But first, we must have a proper understanding of who we are in Him. The Bible declares that “greater is He that’s within us than He that’s in the world.” Knowing our God-given identity will validate that we’re designed to be over comers. Fear is an enemy that we’re supposed to tackle yet we recoil and run the other way. God never intended for us to shroud because we’re afraid. Faith uses fear for its ultimate benefit. It’s like a gym weight, without the exercise of it, there’s nothing to resist or overcome. It’s necessary for our strengthening and conditioning so we have to elevate our understanding—God never promised an easy life but a victorious one. When we press pass fear, we advance to the next level. The proper perspective and approach is when we run toward fear, it runs away from us because it automatically cowers when confronted just as an intimidating bully having more bark than bite!

Read the full article here.

Marshawn Evans is a Global Mentor and Catalyst for Women looking to Launch Their Dreams and Live Their Purpose. She equips others to AMPLIFY their lives, their leadership and their legacy by teaching the principles of influence, branding, and divine purpose. Her weekly eZine goes out to thousands of subscribers. Are you ready to unleash your brilliance and align with your REAL destiny? Sign up for a FREE subscription at http://marshawnevans.com.