I am very pleased to be able to talk about The Eric Trap, a new book written by Jim Wideman, Sam Luce, Kenny Conley, and several others. I received a copy a week or so ago and immediately began diving into it. I have to say, I was blown away by it.
Here are the things I LOVED about The Eric Trap:
1) It is written as a leadership fable. If you are not familiar with this style of writing (a la Patrick Lencioni, Ken Blanchard, and others), it is told as a fictional story of Eric Newman. Eric is a regular guy who finds himself reeling from the demands and expectations of Kids Ministry. It's easy to read. You learn as Eric learns.
2) The main character is easy to relate to. Eric is you. Eric is me. Eric is the Kidmin Leader we all have been at some point in our journey. I felt a connection to Eric within the first couple of paragraphs. I found myself truly caring about Eric and the pain he was going through. That is what good writing does. This book is well-written and compelling.
3) The lessons are impacting. The book deals with "five things every leader has to get right." Each of these lessons are learned by Eric along the way. From learning how to balance ministry and family to serving under a Lead Pastor and carrying his/her vision, these lessons ARE things that every Kidmin Leader must get right if they want to accomplish God's best in their ministry.
The only thing I wish was different with the book is that it is not COMPLETELY a leadership fable. Periodically, the story of Eric is broken up with select lessons from successful Kidmin Leaders. Don't get me wrong - these lessons are phenomenally written and are very helpful. I just wish the content could have been worked more into the story rather than having to continually pop out of the story in order to do practical teaching.
Bottom line - The Eric Trap is a well-written book that will appeal to much more than just Kidmin Leaders. It serves as a guidebook for every new staff pastor getting into ministry. Male or female. Long-term or short-term. Kids Ministry or Student Ministry. Everyone can learn from Eric Newman and help themselves NEVER to fall into the "Eric Traps."
* The official release date of the book is APRIL 25th. For more info check out the official website.