Book Review

Book Review: The Life Giving Leader by Tyler Reagin

9780735290945.jpegThe president of Catalyst Leader believes that the most impactful and most influential leaders are the ones who lead from who they truly are, not who they pretend or wish to be.

With clear biblical teaching and personal accounts, Tyler Reagin not only demonstrates the necessity of life-giving leadership, but also provides the steps you’ll need to begin knowing and leading from your truest self. From his experiences in high-impact leadership roles at some of our nation’s largest churches and ministries, Reagin has learned firsthand the importance of identity-based leadership. His desire is to help each reader become an empowered, confident leader that brings life and vibrancy to every room they enter. Whether you’ve got the corner office or you’re just getting started, Reagin gives you the tools you need to become an impactful and unique influencer right where you are!


This was an interesting book. Reagin is a great storyteller, connecting a lot of his messages with a variety of anecdotes from throughout his life. On top of this is the fact that he made himself relatable to his readers by being the first to admit his shortcomings and being realistic about setting expectations for yourself.

My one really big complaint about this was that I feel like he tended to talk about messages that are often overdone without offering a fresh perspective or practical applications. There were several chapters in the middle of the book that I felt were just the cliche theme of “embrace who you are.”

My other concern with this book is that he quotes Andy Stanley a lot. I understand that they are good friends and he thinks that Stanley is a wonderful leader in his life, but I feel like it minimized Reagin’s credibility, much like when writing a research paper and only quoting a single source for all of your evidence. It would have been better if he had quoted C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, or other notable leaders and theologians instead of defaulting to Stanley.

On a positive note, Reagin spent a whole chapter using Downton Abbey as an object lesson for the “Upstairs living versus downstairs living” mentality, so that was pretty cool.

Overall, the book wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t something I would go out and recommend to other people.

I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments are entirely my own.

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