- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Intervarsity Press; 1 edition (Feb. 10 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 083082393X
- ISBN-13: 978-0830823932
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #654,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Paul Tokunaga has hit a grand slam.All throughout this book I found myself repeatedly saying, 'That's me. . . . That's exactly how I feel. . . . That's exactly how I am.' Paul has captured the pulse of the Asian American leader: competent, highly skilled and gifted, with tremendous potential and possibility yet in need of encouragement, mentoring and hope. Paul provides for us the possibility of being ourselves and being effective leaders."--Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary
"In writing this book, Paul Tokunaga has provided a compelling and comprehensive training resource for Asian American Christian leaders. Using his Japanese/Southern wit, his keen eye for observing Asian American cultural tendencies and his own journey as an outstanding leader in many different and challenging settings, he has found ways to coax more of us also to step forward and contribute in ways that affirm who we are and that will bless countless others."--Rev. Dr. Ken Uyeda Fong, Senior Pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles
"With insights from the Bible, Asian American experiences and his own personal journey, Paul Tokunaga has produced a work that will serve as an invaluable resource for Asian American leaders as well as for those who serve alongside them. The Asian American and the wider Christian community have needed a book like this for a long time."--Peter Cha, Assistant Professor in Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Weaving personal reflections with practical guidance, Paul Tokunaga provides up-and-coming Asian American leaders with invaluable insights on how to reach their full potential. This book offers candor and wisdom from an experienced ministry leader who shares both the ups and the downs of his own leadership journey. Read this book and accept his invitation!"--Helen Lee, co-founder, Best Christian Workplaces Institute, former publisher, re: generation quarterly
"This book provides wonderful insight and commentary about the intersection between Asian American leadership issues and cultural values within the context of Christianity and mainstream society."--J. D. Hokoyama, President and CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)
"Paul Tokunaga challenges us to be a part of what God is doing.Invitation to Lead is a clarion call to rise above our fears, cultural tradtions and stereotypes and lead! Tokunaga passionately encourages us to lead in a new global village that welcomes Asian Americans to the table of servant leadership."--David Gibbons, Social Entrepreneur, Lead Pastor, NewSong Church, Irvine, California
"Paul Tokunaga has hit a grand slam. All throughout this book I found myself repeatedly saying, 'That's me. . . . That's exactly how I feel. . . . That's exactly how I am.' Paul has captured the pulse of the Asian American leader: competent, highly skilled and gifted, with tremendous potential and possibility yet in need of encouragement, mentoring and hope. Paul provides for us the possibility of being ourselves and being effective leaders."--Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary
Tokunga's book is very informative, biblically sound, and even inspiring.--Step by Step blog, October 14, 2007
About the Author
Paul Tokunaga (Master of Christian Studies, New College, Berkeley) is vice president and director of strategic ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He started with InterVarsity as a student at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and has also worked with 2100 Productions and as Southeast Regional Director.
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Every ethnicity has it's own issues and concerns that need addressing. Paul Tok really tackles this topic with a gusto and humility that make him very approachable. Even though he is Japanese American, his experiences mimic what most Asian Americans experience. From deferring to our parents to the ridiculous heights we hold education and prestige. He gives us perspective of how he deals with these issues along with dealing with other races.
While this book is geared towards Asian Americans, I HIGHLY recommend leaders of other ethnicities to read this book. It truly shines a light on some of the issues facing Asian Americans and can give insight in how to relate to us.
I had the pleasure of meeting Paul at Urbana 2003 during a workshop he gave on this very topic. Although I hadn't read his book at the time, (and I wish I did), he came across as someone who really wants to help and empathizes with the future leaders of this generation.
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I took a class on the Asian American church back when I was in seminary, but recent events have prompted my desire to expand my knowledge base and dialogue with others to meet particular ministry challenges. This book was AWESOME! Not only could I relate to the experiences of the author, but as his story unfolded, he wove in ethnography and biblical truth in a winsome and relevant manner.
A previous reviewer was disappointed by the author's use of testimony rather than biblical examples to illustrate his points. Personally, I don't consider this a weakness of the book. If one's goal is to connect a biblical principle to the readers' lives, I don't think an example from the Bible (which Tokunaga actually did use: e.g. ethnic minorities Esther, Moses) is more effective than recounting a contemporary experience (which, as the previous reviewer observed, was more common in this book).
The reviewer's other criticism was that the author's consistent reference to his own life as a ministry leader made him sound somewhat arrogant. I did not get this impression at all. The author exposed his own struggles with sin and foolishness, portraying embarrassing moments and vulnerabilities so that others might relate to his experiences and be encouraged. He didn't sound arrogant to me.
The book is definitely NOT an encyclopedic reference. Personally, I'd read it under a beach umbrella with a highlighter on hand. I would recommend it to Asian Americans who are called to lead in the context of Christian ministry or even in secular organizations. It'd also be helpful for anyone else who'd like to better understand Asian Americans and the challenges they face as leaders in America.