Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads

From the back cover of Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads:

Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his seemingly counterintuitive approach to leadership. In Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, best-selling author and former Jesuit seminarian Chris Lowney offers an in-depth look at how Pope Francis’s Jesuit training has directly impacted his various leadership roles and what it suggests about how he might lead in the future. Readers will gain essential lessons to help them with their own leadership challenges.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. Would it be a business book? Or a spiritual book written by a business guy? Or a biography with business tips? Or…something altogether different?

Turns out, the answer is yes.

This is a book of lessons, yes, but it’s also a book of insight. So much has been said about Pope Francis. The man can’t say a sentence without people jumping in to interpret and explain.

Lowney takes a different approach. He’s not explaining. He’s not interpreting. He has Jesuit training and shares some important background with Pope Francis, so he uses that as the lens through which he considers what we can all learn from Pope Francis.

It’s not overwritten or stretched out: this is a book that’s tightly written and well-researched. It reads like a book off the NYT bestseller list, minus the snark and cynicism.

I found myself appreciating Jesuit spirituality more, because Lowney explains it. In learning more about it, I suddenly have a view into Papa.

This book is partly journey, partly lesson, partly fun reading. Highly recommended.

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