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LEAVING A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP:
DAYTON, Tenn., May 20, 2008 – A straight-forward new book emphasizes that the most important thing in life is to be intentional and strategic about influencing the next generation, for the sake of preserving civilization, morality and not repeating the mistakes of history.
College professor and speaker Dr. Jeff Myers, author of “Handoff: The Only Way to Win the Race of Life,” believes that young people today are “psychically numb” – an emotional defense mechanism to repress truth and ignore problems that are too great to solve, such as disease, poverty, and terrorism. As a result, for example, many refuse to vote or take a stand on moral issues, while others retreat to spend excessive hours watching TV and browsing the Internet. According to Barna.org, 91 percent of teenagers say there is no absolute truth.
“We’re facing a growing leadership crisis in business, government and the church, said Myers, who has mentored teenagers for more than 20 years. “Our opportunity is for this generation of adults to put the signature on their legacy by taking responsibility to coach and disciple the next generation of leaders.”
In “Handoff,” Myers acknowledges that adults’ past mistakes and flaws often discourage them from giving advice. But he says both successes and failures can be important examples, and that today’s youth are looking for people who are willing to share life experiences.
“Young people aren’t looking for perfection; they’re looking for a model of persistence,” said Myers. “Don’t pretend to be something you’re not – just set the pace for doing what is right, and be real. Let your mess be your message.”
He says that everyone “passes the baton” to the next generation, and whether it is a strong or weak pass is up to each individual. “Handoff” is intended to be a wake-up call and motivation for Baby Boomers to make their “pass” a strong one. Myers says that though the book is small, it packs a powerful message.
“Through ‘Handoff,’ I want people to understand what is at stake when a civilization fails to pass the baton of godly faithfulness,” said Myers. “It provides simple ways to help young people act decisively to reverse current trends before it is too late.”
Myers is president of Passing the Baton International, a ministry designed to train adults to equip the next generation of Christian leaders. He is professor of leadership and communication and a sought-after speaker who addresses over 80,000 educators, business leaders and parents each year.
“Handoff” is hardback and 170 pages. It retails for $12.99 U.S. and is available on Amazon.com and www.handoffbook.com.
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Handoff: The Only Way to Win the Race of Life, by Jeff Myers
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