John R. Shoup is professor of education and director of the Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute at California Baptist University.
Jacqueline N. Gustafson is professor of psychology, the dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and fellow at the Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute at California Baptist University.
Troy Hinrichs is professor of criminal justice and fellow at the Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute at California Baptist University.
In Pursuing Wisdom: A Primer for Leaders and Learners, the authors expose the reader to a robust consideration of wisdom and its relationship to Truth and truth. The authors masterfully interweave theory and practice by exploring common ground and comparing divergent execution among a variety of philosophical, theological, and empirical perspectives. Using a collection of real-life narratives and crafted scenarios, the book helps readers better understand that “knowing truth and practicing wisdom involves different combinations of humility, confidence, faith, and reason regarding truth claims and corresponding judgments.” This is an intelligently accessible book that skillfully balances the why and how of pursuing wisdom.
I am excited about this opportunity to further explore wisdom from the lenses of a 40-year public safety leader, husband, father, coach and mentor. I’m excited to have a one-stop book of philosophy, theology and empirical tradition that I can dive into and take small bites to learn wisdom for life. As I press through my final chapter as a public service leader (Fire Chief), this book will give me and others the tools to summarize the so often mystical components of wisdom that are required to truly be successful in life.
Pursuing Wisdom is unique, insightful and takes a new perspective on wisdom and the practical application to leadership. This is a must-read primer that breaks down the BIG idea of what wisdom is into everyday bits, so all of us can live and lead wisely.