Dr. Angie Ward has written an incredibly thoughtful and practical book to help women understand the significance of calling. If the words leader and calling both exhilarate and paralyze you, Angie’s words, stories, and insights will give you the peace and confidence to embrace your calling and step into the leader you are.
While reading I Am a Leader, I found myself wishing over and again that it had been written forty years ago, when I was starting my ministry journey. Angie addresses very practical, heartfelt issues of women in leadership. It is honest, balanced, and comprehensive in subject and will be a tremendous resource to any woman sensing God’s call to lead.
A smart and well-written master class in understanding and discovering your God-given calling. Filled with biblical insight, real-life examples, and articulate explanations of the often-confusing tensions of calling, Angie Ward’s I Am a Leader is a must-read for every female leader longing to be all God is calling her to be!
This book is just what every woman in ministry struggling with calling and leadership needs. It is both biblical and balanced, powerful and practical, autobiographical and authentic, incisive and insightful, clear and creative, and humorous and helpful. Come to think of it, it’s just what every Christian man needs, as well, both for himself and for more insight into the women around him. Thanks, Angie, for this special gift to all of us.
It shouldn’t be so, but it often is. Christian women struggle to figure out their calling to lead because of implicit and explicit biases to the contrary. Ward’s book is inspirational and practical, helping women understand the double meanings often layered on words like ministry, calling, and leadership. Using biblical examples, lots of women’s voices, conversational questions, and great content, Ward guides the reader through the discernment process for women helping women be the gifted leaders God has freed them to be.
I am thankful for leaders like Angie Ward who demonstrate and teach what it means to be a woman who leads within a biblical framework. Rather than getting bogged down in leadership limits, I Am a Leader helps women discover their unique calling and develop their God-given leadership gifts within that calling.
Angie Ward deftly navigates the minefield that women in leadership can sometimes face—touching on topics that most men never even have to consider. She answers questions such as, Is it even okay for me to be a leader? How do I know what my calling is, and can I even use that term? How does my calling impact my children and my marriage? And what about various seasons of life? For any woman who feels called to be a leader—in any sense of the term—Angie Ward invites you to walk into your God-given influence with dignity, authority, and grace for yourself and for every woman who will come after you.
Women often feel both a strong call from God and a strong hesitation. I Am a Leader is a practical resource that helps them name and navigate the concerns and step forward with confidence into the call. It provides stories and quotes throughout from a diverse collection of women, providing friends for the journey.
How qualified am I to speak about the calling of women into ministry? Well, technically, not very. But as a man who likes to think he’s been a very small voice in the cheering section for women in leadership roles, I am so grateful for this book! Angie encourages her readers to step into the mysterious, beautiful, and not-always-easy life of following God’s voice. But she never leaves you on the path alone and wondering. Like the greatest of coaches, Angie speaks with just the right mix of encouragement and nudging to keep things moving forward. Thoroughly biblical and utterly readable, this is a book I’ll give to my daughters. And to more than a few men I know.
As a young woman exploring a career in ministry, this is a must-read. Angie’s words remind me that my leadership gifts matter, while equipping me to negotiate the challenging aspects of exercising that calling at home and at work. Her holistic approach is full of grace and grit as she explores the why without ignoring the how. I know I will return to this book again and again. It is a blueprint for the balancing act of womanhood, work, and worship.
Read I Am a Leader and share in the stories of women finding their sense of God’s call. Learn from the wisdom and depth of Angie Ward how to pray, discern, and see the signs of God moving in all seasons of your life. Turn these pages and experience “the nudge” of God’s calling.
Angie Ward’s book, I Am a Leader, is the last leadership book you need to buy—man or woman. Yes, this book is written specifically for women and is spot-on in addressing the critical issues women need to face when accepting and pursuing their call. But a lot of the principles and wisdom shared is valuable for men as well. The chapter on “Stages of a Woman’s Life” is masterful and really resonated with me as a developmental psychologist who counsels both women and men through the transitions in their lives. Ward doesn’t just show you the city on the hill as a woman leader—she gives directions. If you are a woman, this is a must-read for you to be unleashed as a leader. If you are a man, this book is a must-read to clear away the obstacles and champion the leader in the women the Lord has placed around you.