‘On The Run’ by Steve and Sandra Long was not quite what I was expecting. I have known Steve and Sandra for the majority of my life – I met them when I was eight years old. I have had the privilege of growing up with them and being under their leadership while I was on the pastoral staff of Catch The Fire Toronto. I have experienced their teaching, leadership and wisdom gleaned from their years of leading others. I was expecting a book that was filled with practical insights, lots of personal stories and great principles and ideas on leadership.
This book is a lot more than that.
I found myself challenged and convicted. But most of all, I was led into engaging with the Lord about my own leadership journey. Steve and Sandra have written a phenomenal book in their straight forward style. I appreciated that the book follows the journey and development of King David as he is in the wilderness. There are not many leadership books on how the wilderness affected and refined David’s heart and life. Steve and Sandra take us on a journey of understanding how David the King was formed in David the Outcast. They then show us how these lessons were crucial in developing and forming David into a man after God’s own heart. However, they then use those stories to show how God uses the events and people in our lives to shape us and mould us into people after His own heart.
The Long’s masterfully show us that David’s story is really our story.
Through weaving in the narrative of their lives, Steve and Sandra bring to life what David’s challenges and triumphs must have felt like. We get a chance to peek into David’s life, then into the Long’s life and finally, look into our own lives. Steve and Sandra have chosen to end each chapter with and encouraging comment (“You can become this person”), a few questions to help us reflect and then finally, a prayer by Sandra. I found the questions to be the most helpful. They guided me through the process of reading, processing and then applying the truths of this book to my life. And then having Sandra’s prayers recorded in the book as a model to follow helped to seal the revelation and change into my life
This book is not your typical leadership book. I would highly recommend it to any leader or pastor as the skills learned and expounded upon have been put into practice by incredible leaders. Pick up a copy of the book and begin growing in the journey of leadership the Lord has called you on!