"This is a delightful story about likable characters discovering powerful, simple truths. A memorable read for anyone."
Patrick Lencioni, President, The Table Group; Bestselling Author The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage
"The Carpenter is just another example of Jon Gordon as a master storyteller unforgettable characters with inspiring messages this thought provoking book places me in awe of Jon Gordon as an author, teacher, and leader."
George Raveling, Director of International Basketball, Nike
"I love everything Jon Gordon writes but this book takes his message and writing to another level. I was inspired to build a better life, career, and team with the greatest success strategies of all!"
Cori Close, Head Coach, UCLA Women′s Basketball
"Jon Gordon weaves a masterful story that will capture your imagination, challenge your convictions, and deepen your faith."
Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor, National Community Church, Bestselling Author, The Circle Maker
"When you read The Carpenter you can′t help but become a better person and leader. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to build up people and build better teams."
Mike Smith, Head Coach of The Atlanta Falcons
"True success comes from helping others succeed. The Carpenter will inspire you to lead others through servanthood, compassion, and genuine humility."
Carl Liebert, President, USAA Capital Corporation
Foreword by Ken Blanchard ix
1 Collapse 1
2 Rest 5
3 The Carpenter 9
4 Stressed 15
5 Busy 17
6 Design Your Masterpiece 19
7 Be a Craftsman 25
8 You Will Know 29
9 Everybody Loves the Carpenter 33
10 Believe 37
11 Talk to Yourself instead of Listening
to Yourself 41
12 Sarah 45
13 Chaos 49
14 The Greatest Success Strategy of All 53
15 Love Is a Commitment 59
16 People > Furniture 63
17 The Second Greatest Success Strategy of All 67
18 The Sandwich 75
19 The Third Greatest Success Strategy of All 77
20 Love, Serve, Care 83
21 Value 85
22 The Heart of Success 87
23 Failing 91
24 Success Takes Time 93
25 The Gift of Failure 95
26 Unfinished Work 99
27 Courage 101
28 A Glimmer of Hope 105
29 Be the Mission 109
30 All for One 113
31 Progress 117
32 Everything Is Spiritual 121
33 Creating the Impossible 125
34 Build 129
35 Success Is Meant to Be Shared 131
Tools for Success 135
Bring the Greatest Success Strategies to Your Team and Organization 137
Other Books by Jon Gordon 139
Jon Gordon′s bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non–profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish, Soup, The Positive Dog, The Seed, The Carpenter, and his latest book The Hard Hat.