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Book Review in Quotations

A few months back I read this book titled “Kepemimpinan Kristen” or if translated into English become “Christian Leadership” by Sendjaya. I must thank my senior Feliz because she was the one recommended this book to me and lent that book to me. This book is not so difficult to read, yet it contains great thoughts and inspires me.

Below are some interesting and good quotations I got from that book. Hope that we can learn something from any of the quotations. They are generally sentences that came through a tough and long thinking process. 🙂 I leave the quotations as original, meaning the one written in English is because it is written in English in that book and vice versa for the Indonesian.

“Obstacles to democracy have little to do with culture or religion, and much more to do with the desire of those in power to maintain their position at any cost.” – Kofi Annan

“Besi menajamkan besi, orang menajamkan sesamanya” – Amsal 27:17

“The servant leader is a servant first … It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Thens conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead … The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant — first to make sure that other people’s highest-priority needs are being served.” – Greenleaf (1977)

“God calls us so decisively in Christ that everything we are, everything we have, and everything we do is invested with a direction and a dynamism because it is done in response to His summons and His call.” – Os Guinness

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when a man has only one idea.”

“Leadership in the kingdom involves a sovereign assignment. Leadership is a call from God, not a position we choose for ourselves.” – Leighton Ford

“Yang bodoh dari Allah lebih besar hikmatnya dari pada manusia dan yang lemah dari Allah lebih kuat dari pada manusia.” – 1 Kor 1:25

“Only the week shall be strong; only the humble exalted; only the empty filled; only nothing shall be something.” – Martin Luther

“Dunia akan melihat apa yang Allah mampu lakukan tatkala seseorang berserah secara total kepada-Nya. Dengan anugerah-Nya, saya ingin menjadi orang tersebut.” – D.L. Moody

“Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say.” – Matthew 7:15

“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” – Proverbs 10:9

“Ikutlah aku, sama seperti aku mengikut Kristus!” – Paulus

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people, and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” – C.S. Lewis

“At no point does the Christian mind come into more violent collision with the secular mind than in its insistence on humility, with all the weakness it entails.” – John Stott

“Humility is the sense of entire nothingness, which comes when we see how truly God is all, and in which we make way for God to be all.” – Andrew Murray

“God created the world out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” – Martin Luther

“Kerendahan hati adalah satu-satunya karakteristik yang kita miliki tanpa kita merasa memilikinya.”

“It is always the secure who are humble.” – G.K. Chesterton

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” – Lao Tzu

“True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing men to one’s service but in giving oneself in selfless service to them.” – Oswald Sanders

“Jika seseorang ingin menjadi yang terdahulu, hendaklah ia menjadi yang terakhir dari semuanya dan pelayan dari semuanya.” – Markus 9:30-37

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton

“I now realize I was lacking in mutual accountability through personal relationships. We need friendships where one man regularly looks another man in the eye and asks hard questions about our moral life, our list, our ambitions, our ego.” – Gordon MacDonalds

“Some men see things as they are and say, why? I dream things that never were and say, why not?” – Robert Kennedy

“You are a Christian only so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society you live in … so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo and keep saying that a new world is yet to come.” – Henry Nouwen

“We on earth exist in a state of contradiction between the cross and the resurrection.” – Jurgen Moltmann

“That’s what the world is — enemy occupied territory. Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say, in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” – C.S. Lewis

“Just as Socrates felt it was necessary to create a tension in the minds of men so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths; so must we create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“The saints are responsible for the structure of the social world in which they find themselves.” – Nicholas Wolterstorff

“Our battle is to break down every deceptive argument and every imposing defense that men erect against the true knowledge of God. We fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.” – J.B. Philips

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!'” – Abraham Kuyper

“I used to believe that Christianity solved problems and made life easier. Increasingly, I believe that my faith complicates life, in ways it should be complicated. As a Christian, I cannot not care about the environment, about homelessness and poverty, about racism and religious persecution, about injustice and violence. God does not give me that option.” – Philip Yancey

“The worst thing you can say about a leader is that on the day he or she left, the organisation collapsed. When that happens, it means the so-called leader has sucked the place dry. He or she hasn’t built.” – Peter Drucker

“The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most farreaching consequence of submission to authority.” – Stanley Milgram

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein

“Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“For you have only one Master and you are all brothers.” – Jesus Christ in Matthew 23:8

“Be careful when you fight the dragon, lest you become one!”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” – Kristen G.K. Chesterton

“Saya tak sudi tunduk mengabdi kepada ketakutan.” – Romo Sandyawan

“One could argue that willingness to engage in battle when necessary is a sine qua non of leadership.” – John W. Gardner

“Relationships gain strength when they are stretched to the breaking point and do not break.” – Philip Yancey

“Jika engkau telah berlari dengan orang yang berjalan kaki, dan engkau telah dilelahkan, bagaimanakan engkau hendak berpacu melawan kuda?” – Yeremia 12:5

“The trouble with most of us is that we’d rater be ruined by praise than loved by criticism.” – Normal Vincent Peale

“Hurry is not of the devil. It is the devil.” – Carl Jung

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby

“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The test of observance of Christ’s teachings is our consciousness of our failure to attain an ideal perfection. The degree to which we draw near this perfection cannot be seen; all we can is the extent of our deviation.” – Leo Tolstoy

“I am; I exist — this is certain. But for how long? For as long as I am thinking; or perhaps it could also come to pass that if I were to cease all thinking I would then utterly cease to exist … I am therefore precisely nothing but a thinking being …” – Descartes (1993)

“Man is only a reed, the weakest thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed.” – Blaise Pascal

“Commitment without reflection is fanaticism in action, though reflection without commitment is the paralysis of all action.” – John Stott

“We are what we repeatedly do … Excellence then is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen — not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C.S. Lewis

“The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us. Of course, it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested.” – C.S. Lewis

“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.” – C.S. Lewis

“Karena fungsi pemimpin bukan menciptakan pengikut, tapi melahirkan pemimpin.”


If you are Christian and Indonesian (because the book is written in Indonesian), I recommend you to read this book, especially if you are still young. The quotations attached here is only a glimpse of many good thoughts inside the book. Happy reading.
To God be the glory!


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