Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Book Summaries?
Book Summaries are 12-15 page summaries of books that are important for pastors and church leaders. Throughout the summary the best quotes from the book are utilized, so you are sure to get the author's own words. Book Summaries not only save you time and money, they keep you current on the latest ideas and insights for effective ministry, church growth, and personal development.
- Who reads Book Summaries?
Book Summaries are written for all kinds of leaders: pastors, board members, staff members, lay leaders, etc. People who want to grow, learn, and have an impact on their world. Leaders are readers, and readers are learners, and people who read Book Summaries are life-long learners.
- What kind of topics do Book Summaries cover?
We focus on topics of interest to people in leadership. Often those are books specifically on leadership; other times they will be on different aspects of ministry, church life, outreach, etc. All are selected with an eye to helping our readers live and lead more effectively.
- What do I get with my subscription?
Thirty times a year you will receive a full summary of a valued leadership book, as well as our Nutshell summary that distills the key concepts into 2 pages. Our readers find both summaries of tremendous benefit. If you are a premium subscriber you will also have access to our archive of summaries.
- Can I buy the book summaries at the bookstore?
No, they are only available via our online subscription. This enables us to keep our costs down and offer a subscription for the lowest possible price.
- Do you only summarize Christian books?
No! We look for the best books out there, Christian or secular. We have often found that there are excellent secular books on leadership, and other topics, that add tremendous value to anyone who reads them.
- Do people ever read the books after reading Book Summaries?
Yes, often- that's even part of the point. Reading a summary of the book will enable you to decide if the book is a good one for you to read - if it is a good investment of your time and money.
- Why do you do this?
Our goal is to encourage and equip church leaders to be the best they can be, so they can do all God has called them to do. Bringing the best ideas of the best books to them, in a way that saves time and money, serves that purpose
- What do the publishers think of this idea?
They love it. They consider it free publicity - many of them give us suggestions for titles to summarize. (All have given us permission to summarize their titles).
- How do I subscribe?
Glad you asked! Just click on this link and fill out the information requested.
- How does billing or payment work?
When you subscribe, we will automatically debit your credit card the appropriate amount every month or year (depending on your subscription). The merchant name is "The Growing Leader." No bills, no forms - once you sign up, it is all taken care of for you.
- What if I want to cancel?
No problem (although we doubt you will!). Just click here, log in to your account and cancel. You will not be billed again. No hassles, no pressure.
- I would like to purchase memberships for a group. Do you offer a group discount?
Absolutely! We offer both a standard and premium church subscription. If you are not a church, we can arrange the right package for you- This is perfect for denominations, organizations and leadership teams.
- Is your archive of summaries available?
Yes. Our premium subscriptions include access to our archive.