I’ve just downloaded a free audio book for “A Tale of Three Kings”, a book by Gene Edwards. A Tale of Three Kings uses the stories of Saul, David and Absalom to explore healthy ways of dealing with abusive leadership in the Christian community. I read the book shortly after it came out in 1992 and have never forgotten the question, “What do you do when someone throws a spear at you?” When someone attacks or undermines your leadership it is tempting to “throw the spear back”, by justifying oneself and seeking revenge. I believe that there are times when it is appropriate to stand up to and challenge ongoing abusive patterns of behaviour. However we need to watch that we don’t turn into abusive leaders in the process.
The Tale of Three Kings can be downloaded at christianaudio.com. You’ll need to sign up for an account and add the audiobook to your checkout. There’s a choice of MP3 and M4B formats. I recommend going with the Zip option, instead of individually downloading 29 files separately.