Tony Stoltzfus


    Christian Life Coaching Handbook

    284 pages
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    This sequel to the acclaimed book Leadership Coaching opens with an in-depth treatment of the foundations of life coaching. The premise: that the models we use to understand purpose must fit with the record of Jesus' life we find in the Gospels. Tony explores levels of God's purposes: that your call to be in communion with God comes first, then your life mission to be Jesus to the world, and last your temporal happiness. You'll look at concepts like finding your life in serving others, living toward heaven, seeking eternal rewards, the intimate bond with Christ's heart that forms through sharing his sufferings, and more. Examining purpose in the light of Jesus' life helps sort out the self-focused value system that has crept into much of our thinking on destiny.

    In the second major section, the book presents a model for life purpose discovery based on five themes: Allegiance, Design, Passion, Preparation and Calling. By adding calling and allegiance to the more familiar exploration of our passions, nature (design) and nurture (preparation), this model roots the whole discovery process in obedience and being part of God's larger plan for creation.

    The bulk of the Christian Life Coaching Handbook (retitled from A Leader's Life Purpose Handbook) is the presentation of a thorough, practical toolkit for coaching Christian leaders to discover their destiny. Each of the five major areas is explored using case studies and coaching dialogs interspersed with biblical examples and descriptions of powerful coaching techniques. The companion A Leader's Life Purpose Workbook lets you give clients or classes a book with the purpose model and all the exercises--a tremendous time-saver in the discovery process.

    Stages on the Calling Journey
    A second companion book is The Calling Journey, a look at the stages leaders go through on the road to fulfilling their call. This volume lays out a model of calling timelines with predictable valleys and transitions. Coaching the calling stage a person is in right now instead of using the generic approach makes a tremendous difference in coaching effectiveness.

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    Table of Contents

    Part I: Foundations of Life Purpose Coaching
       Chapter 1: What is Life Coaching?
       Chapter 2: The On-Purpose Life
       Chapter 3: Suffering, Success and Significance
    Part II: Coaching Destiny Discovery
       Chapter 4: Allegiance: Whose Am I?
    I: Design: Who Am I?
       Chapter 5: Strengths
       Chapter 6: Personality Type
    II: Passion: Why Do I Desire This?
       Chapter 7: Energy
       Chapter 8: Dreams and Desires
       Chapter 9: Dream Obstacles
       Chapter 10: Values
    III: Preparation: What Has Life Prepared Me for?
       Chapter 11: Life Experience
       Chapter 12: Destiny Events
    IV: Calling: Where is the Master Sending Me?
       Chapter 13:Revelation
       Chapter 14:Life Message
       Chapter 15: Audience/Task/Impact
       Chapter 16: Convergent Roles
       Chapter 17: Life Purpose Summaries

    About the Author

    Tony Stoltzfus is a long-time coach, author of 11 coaching books, including the best-selling Coaching Questions. He has co-founded two coaching schools and trained over a thousand coaches. As current Director of the Leadership MetaFormation Institute, Tony teaches leaders to engage the heart by coaching through the emotional brain to touch the deep desires that drive behavior. Known for his interactive, innovative training and writing style, Tony has written courses and training materials used around the world. He lives in Redding, CA with his wife Kathy. They have two adult children.

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