The Crucibles That Shape Us
The Crucibles That Shape Us
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: May 07, 2024
  • Item Code: A0806
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0806-5

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We often see setbacks and disasters as events that keep us from our best life. But they're really opportunities to grow in leadership.

The problem of suffering is a spiritual hurdle for many that disorients us and those we lead. Gayle D. Beebe tackles the existential crisis head-on, revealing that, although we are bewildered at first, these situations ultimately prepare us. Previously viewing these challenges as insurmountable, he has come to recognize them as essential passageways in our relationship with God.

Beebe identifies seven crucibles—powerful catalysts for transformation—that, when embraced, shape us on this profound journey. Each chapter of this book delves into one of the crucibles, which Beebe intimately understands and has personally faced. Amid the realities of life's suffering, use this illuminating guidebook and find how colossal setbacks become a bedrock for a better, richer faith.

"The Crucibles That Shape Us combines extraordinarily wide multidisciplinary learning with intense leadership experience and profound interior reflection to guide any interested reader into a deeper and more fruitful life. The seven fiery trials Gayle Beebe describes, through which each of us shall inevitably pass, will surely either shape, scar, or sear us. There's only one person I know who could have written this book, but there are multitudes of us who need to read it."

John Ortberg, pastor and author of Eternity Is Now in Session

"As a former faculty member and a present trustee at Westmont College, I have witnessed Gayle Beebe's outstanding leadership first hand. He has skillfully led the college through good times as well as moments of crisis. In The Crucibles That Shape Us he draws on his extensive experience to share his profound wisdom about leadership in a way that will enhance his readers' leadership abilities. This book is a must-read for all who want to grow in their capacity to lead with effectiveness, skill, and compassion."

Tremper Longman III, distinguished scholar and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Westmont College


Foreword by David Brooks

Introduction: Lessons in Endurance
1. The Crucible of Missed Meaning
2. The Crucible of Enduring Challenge
3. The Crucible of Human Treachery
4. The Crucible of Awakened Moral Conscience
5. The Crucible of Social Conflict
6. The Crucible of Human Suffering
7. The Crucible of Personal Choice
Conclusion: Wisdom for the Journey

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Gayle D. Beebe

Gayle D. Beebe (MBA and PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is president of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also the author of The Shaping of an Effective Leader and is the coauthor of Longing for God with Richard J. Foster.