The Narrow Path to Expansive Vision

Essays on following the light of the greatest leader who ever lived—Jesus Christ

by RD Oostra



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/8/2022

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781664283251
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781664283237
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781664283244

About the Book

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We live in a country deeply divided politically and culturally, and the chasm widens and deepens with each passing day. As a society, it seems like there is an increasing tendency to follow the wrong things and the wrong people. So where do we turn to find a leadership example in an “all about me” world? How do you live and lead a narrow-path (yet not narrow-minded) life in a wide-path world and society? You turn to the greatest leadership example in history: Jesus Christ.

This may seem like an obvious answer, but it is not. In conducting original research for the book The Narrow Path to Expansive Vision, RD (Randy) Oostra completed a national online survey of business leaders, including those who identified as Christian leaders. One question on the survey asked those who identified as Christian leaders to name their top three leaders of all time. Only 13 percent mentioned Christ as one of their top three leaders. In addition, only 43 percent of these Christian leaders considered themselves to be servant leaders.

As The Narrow Path to Expansive Vision unfolds, it weaves a narrative of Randy’s personal journey growing up in a rigorous Dutch Reformation background to his life as a CEO of a national health and well-being organization. Randy tells his story of how he has lived in and navigated through the science-based world of health care, as well as his frustrations with a Church leadership that frankly has not always been helpful in meeting the challenges he faced as a business leader, and in life in general. Based on these experiences, Randy offers a foundational approach to leadership inspired by the example of Christ. It is a hopeful message that both believers and non-believers will find meaningful and useful.

About the Author

RD (Randy) Oostra, for the last 13 years has been the CEO of a $7 billion health and well-being organization with more than 40,000 employees in 28 states. Randy is regarded as one of the nation’s top leaders in health care, and has been named to prestigious industry lists including Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People for five consecutive years, and Becker’s Healthcare’s 100 Great Leaders to Know in Healthcare, to name a few. In addition, Randy was recently honored with the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and was the recipient of the Ohio Hospital Association’s Donald R. Newkirk Award for making a significant lifetime contribution to the healthcare industry.  A relentless innovator, Randy has received national recognition for his company’s far-reaching initiatives to address socioeconomics factors that impact health and well-being, including programs addressing hunger, access to food, education, financial security, housing, and community and economic development.