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ImageReviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Secret of Nexus is not a self-help book on leadership, but a fictional story based on the life of Jesus Christ and the disciples. It follows a Passion of Christ theme involving Christ’s leadership during adversity. This idea is compared to modern bosses and owners who must lead their employees to be better performers at an organization, and who need guidance and direction at every turn to achieve personal goals and the goals of the organization. It is the tale of sacrifice, life and death and how people rise to the top if they believe in Christ’s message to live fully through his word.

The book is meant to highlight the leadership ideas of a fictional company called Nexus. In the story Garrett is an entrepreneur who is a former medical doctor. He invents a sports drink and a cream for arthritis that make millions of dollars. Garrett runs the Nexus company and as the boss of the company, he enjoys being the “top dog”. He also experiences the typical leadership problems most managers have to overcome (such as employees who are new to the company and not fully “on board” or at odds with the program). Garrett depends on Kramer Bristol, his chemist in the Research and Development department, to develop new products and the story centers on the relationship of the employees, the boss and the company as the Nexus company evolves into a successful entity.

Each chapter of the story discuses an issue a manager may have to deal with at a small company such as determining employee rewards, encouraging teamwork, managing change and other issues. The story line is simplistic and the writing sophomoric; the plot never thickens and it is all a bit runny and deceptively thin. For those wanting to take the story line a bit further, the book ends with “reflection questions” that are meant to encourage the reader to form new ideas on living through Christ. All is not lost, since the story may be useful for Bible study or as a business case for those who are interested in the author’s ideas on the topic.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Ambassador International. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.