You have clout. Have you discovered it yet?
It is easy to believe that power, influence, and leadership are gifts given to a special few. But the Bible says otherwise.
We all long for significance, even as we fear we will never be good enough. We listen for God, but hear only voices of doubt and practicality. Listen again. There is a call that only you can answer.
Clout is power and influence. It is an undeniable trait that opens doors and moves mountains. You have it, and you can use it to change the world around you. With Scripture and stories from her own life, Jenni Catron maps out the pitfalls and clear paths on the way toward discovering and unleashing your very own clout.
This is not a quest of power for power’s sake. Influence is not a guarantee of fame or fortune. It is an opportunity to use your gifts to do the extraordinary. This is a journey toward dismantling what stands in the way of your influence and leadership, discovering your God-given clout, and using it to answer God’s calling on your life.
Learn about Jesus and others who sought to lead like him. Stop dreaming and start planning. Define your direction, set your goals, and confront the challenges that stand between you and the person God made you to be. Step into your sphere of influence with the humble confidence of Christ.Don’t hide. We need you. Discover your clout here.
|About the Contributor(s)||Jenni Catron
Jenni Catron is part of the central leadership team at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. She served for nine years as the executive director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where she led the staff and oversaw the ministry of its five campuses. Prior to joining Cross Point, she worked as an Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry for nine years. She lives in Menlo Park, California.
|Release Date||Jan 21, 2014|
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At one point in our life we have all experienced the above clout killers. Jenni Catron’s book, “Clout: Discover And Unleash Your God-Given Influence” is a book I needed to read at this point in my life. Through every point in my life where I felt God move most, I have experienced all of the above clout killers, sometimes all at once.
What is clout?
Clout is the influence that God has given to you and no one else. Discovering our clout is an essential part of unleashing our purpose. You have a specific purpose, a calling, that only you are qualified to fulfill. Your God-given influence defines your purpose.
Jenni Catron explains how fear, pride, comparison, insecurity, scarcity, control, and jealousy kill our God-given influence. There were a few moments while reading when I had to stop and reflect on my life and realize I have allowed all these clout killers to ruin God’s calling on my life. Insecurity, fear, and control are three clout killers I struggle with most.
As I read Jenn’s words and understood her perspective, it blew every dark door of my life wide open. I didn’t realize how afraid, insecure, and how much I enjoyed being in control until opening this book. This isn’t easy to admit. Honestly, it’s pretty embarrassing. Just because we believe in the Lord, it doesn’t mean old parts of our character magically disappear. They will remain until the point of total surrender.
Profound sense of self-doubt
Uncertainty about our basic worth and place in the world
Chronic lack of confidence
Anxiety about our relationships
Fear of rejection
Uncertainty about whether our feelings and desires are legitimate
These are all descriptors of insecurity and all of them hit me in the gut. I feel like this entire section was written specifically for me. It would take an entire lifetime to summarize how insecurity has defined my life.
Having insecurity in your life is like having a wrecking ball constantly swinging through your soul
Jenni explains we have to exchange insecurity for love. We cannot love others well when we’re struggling with our self-worth. Ouch. This resonated deeply.
Clout is a book everyone needs to read. I feel I am only scratching the surface because all of us struggle or have struggled with these clout killers. It’s not easy admitting struggle but we cannot live out our purpose with clout killers in the way.
In order to fully understand our plan, our purpose, our intention, our influence – our clout – we have to get to know the one who created us.
Clout isn’t a book for the faint of heart. Those inner demons all of us like to hide will be exposed. You’ll see a part of yourself in every section and realize areas in your character which need work.
You’ll recognize areas where you need God more.
When you truly understand how uniquely God has designed you and how specifically he has equipped you, you will thrive.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson, Inc. through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (Posted on 4/13/2014)