30 Days with King David: On Leadership was published by Front Edge Publishing on September 15, 2020. It is being hailed as an important volume in promoting a national conversation on character and leadership, topics sorely needed in today’s polarized society. King David, being an important figure in all three of America’s major religious traditions, is an excellent focal point.
30 Days with King David: On Leadership is as suitable for individual reading as it is for book clubs, small group discussions, home schooling and retreats. It can be ordered from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
In this book Buxton traces the life of the Old Testament hero King David through the lens of character, rooted in the ancient tradition of the Cardinal Virtues. With the events of David’s life organized into 14 chapters, each chapter looks thoroughly at one aspect of David’s character and how well or poorly he expresses it. He skillfully explores the implications of each dimension of character for leading families, congregations, businesses, and organizations today.
Buxton writes from clear Christian conviction, but his source material and David’s implications for effective leadership are not confined to one religious tradition.
Here is a sample of the praise 30 Days with King David: On Leadership is receiving:
30 Days with King David: On Leadership
In turbulent times, King David united a nation—and his hard-earned wisdom can bring us together today. He is honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. In this book, pastor, educator and leadership coach Larry Buxton shows us how David embodies 14 crucial values shared by effective leaders to this day. This new book offers a month of readings plus rich ideas for small-group discussion or personal reflection.
The first volume in this series invites readers to spend 30 Days With Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest unifying figures in American history. In the same spirit, Buxton’s book calls us to remember and cultivate those deeper values that unite us.
Buxton dedicates this book “to everyone who believes that the character of any leader is of critical importance … and to all those who seek to let God shape their character as more virtuous human beings, that their influence may spread to heal our world.”
Answering that call in the opening pages are two nationally known political leaders — one a Democrat, one a Republican — who come together to urge all of us to read these 30 short reflections drawn from David’s often tragically-learned lessons about life.
In his Foreword, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine writes: “From the blockbuster arc of David’s life, Larry Buxton assembles 30 short chapters on key leadership traits—patience, vision, humility, integrity, openness, tenderness, forgiveness, courage, gratitude, self-control, surrender, perseverance, calmness, and justice. Buxton helps us see how David either exhibited these values or catastrophically failed to achieve them. The chapters are probing and conversational—with references from the worlds of literature, sports, politics and entertainment to illustrate how to apply these lessons to our everyday challenges.”
In his Preface, Andrew H. Card, who served in Washington D.C. during two Bush administrations, writes: “No matter what your faith or tradition of worship—and no matter your role in business, management, philanthropy, sports, politics, government or family—you will find the adventures in these 30 daily readings extremely relevant and highly motivating. We need to meet David again through Larry Buxton’s wise retelling of these stories—so that we all can lift up the best values in leadership in our institutions, our nation and our world.”