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Written by Tod Bolsinger

Narrated by Tom Parks

6 hours, 51 minutes

Released 11/20/2020

Christian Living/Professional Growth

InterVarsity Press



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Tod Bolsinger, the author of Canoeing the Mountains, is uniquely positioned to explore the qualities of adaptive leadership in contexts ranging from churches to nonprofit organizations. He deftly examines both the external challenges we face and the internal resistance that holds us back. Bolsinger writes: To temper describes the process of heating, holding, hammering, cooling, and reheating that adds stress to raw iron until it becomes a glistening knife blade or chisel tip. When reflection and relationships are combined into a life of deliberate practice, leaders become both stronger and more flexible. As a result, these resilient leaders are able to offer greater wisdom and skill to the organizations they serve.


Tod Bolsinger (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the VP for Vocation and Formation and assistant professor of practical theology at FTS. A frequent speaker, consultant and blogger, he serves as an executive coach for corporate, nonprofit, educational and church organizations in transformational leadership. For a combined 27 years he was the senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church (California) and First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Tod and his wife Beth have two children.


Since recording his first book for the Kansas Audio Reader Network 30 years ago, Tom Parks has enjoyed giving voice to stories.  He has been nominated for Audies and received several Headphones Awards, and, reviewers have described his performances as “conversational,” “energetic,” “earnest,” “sincere,” and as having a certain “gravity.”  Tom is also an active workshop leader and in-demand speaker to corporations and is a featured lecturer for Carnival Cruise Lines. 

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