It matters who writes a book. Not only that, but how they write it is as important. We want to read books by people who have something helpful to say. We prefer people with a fair knowledge of stuff. Oh, not speaking geek from dizzying heights is necessary. Being relatable is another must. Right? I mean what else could one look for in a book besides a ton of laughter and pictures. Books with pictures are the best. (Am I the only one who used to check out books from the library based on how many pictures they had?) “You’ve Got This” – A Pep Talk For Church Communicators by Kelley Hartnett, checks these and other boxes.
What The Book Is Not
You’ve Got This is not a how-to book. It isn’t about how to communicate with your church. Unless “Don’t use Comic Sans” is something you still need to hear, it isn’t a guide to better design either. You will not find examples of meticulous comms plans for your next capital campaign.
You’ve Got This is not a tutorial or technical guide for church communicators.
What The Book Is
The title is telling; it is a pep talk. And, it is for church communicators. There are tomes for church leaders and church growth but this, this is unique. I’ve read blogs and seen other resources for church communicators but none like this.
You’ve Got This is a great source of practical wisdom and well of encouragement for church communicators.
Why Should You Read It?
Kelley is not only relatable, but it is also obvious she speaks from a deep well of experience. The pastor getting a brilliant idea for Sunday when you’re about to leave for home on a Friday. Waiting to get past Easter for breathing room only to meet another campaign. It is obvious that Kelley writes from experience. She is real and relatable.
From managing self-talk, to line managers and other relationships, she gets to the heart of issues. There are gems on how to lead upwards and manage teams and stress that sometimes builds up. You can expect practical, actionable and sound advice and tips.
This book has pictures, uhm drawings, which is like pictures but still cool. Erica J. Hicks’ contribution in drawings, adds fun and life to the book. When was the last time you read a book with drawings in it? Drawings FTW.
It Will Do You Good
A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. – Proverbs 17:22 (MSG)
Delivered with (what I think is) a great sense of humor the advice is easy to receive. Some of the issues covered include manage and challenging yourself to grow as a church communicator. Sometimes we, church communicators need a good talking to. I mean a “get your act together” talking to. And, how it’s done matters. Kelly’s “reprimands” are done in a mindful and measured way. What we need to hear in the way we need to hear it.
Then there are those times we need that, “You’ve got this”. Those moments you don’t feel you’ve got it together. Times you don’t feel like what you’re doing matters or you’re doing it well enough. When you’re overwhelmed–another perfect time to pick up the book.
I’m not sure if it was a series of blog posts turned to book. This makes it easier to read. It’s almost as if Kelley sits next to you and says, “Oh! about that, this is the other thing to remember”. I read it in like two sittings, which is a feat for me, but that’s how easy it is to read. While the likelihood is high that if you start you won’t put it down, I’d recommend reading a bit a time.
Who Should Read It
Every church communicator needs to read this book. Why? Well because it’s for them. Church leaders should also read it to get a better sense of church communicators’ world. I’ll even go on to say that everyone on staff should give it a read. It will give you an appreciation of your teammate.
I’m sure you’ve figured out that I’m saying it’s worth reading. Kelley, with Erica’s help, have created a pep talk. A companion that should have a home on every church communicator’s desk. Or smartphone, tablet, or however and wherever they read books. Whether you’re thriving or struggling you want to have it when you need that pep talk.