Honorable John Scott Redd
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired
First Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Founding Commander, U.S. FIFTH Fleet
General Bruce Fister has written a book that not only tells an important story but also lays out foundational principles of leadership and faith that apply far beyond the specifics of this account.
On the surface, this is the record of a landmark effort to grow the ministry of the Officers Christian Fellowship (OCF). OCF is a unique ministry that, since WW II, has equipped thousands of military officers to lead with character and integrity. It has also supported and blessed their families, including mine, in the midst of the demanding challenges and sacrifices of military life.
The story within the story amounts to a graduate course in godly leadership. As a three-star general, Bruce is no stranger to leadership. He led the aviation component of the nation’s most action-oriented force, the Joint Special Operations Command, in key national-level operations. Now, faced with a very different environment, he demonstrates through numerous specific examples of how biblical leadership principles are universally applicable.
At the deepest level, this book is a testimony to God’s unwavering faithfulness to His children and the blessings of a persevering faith in the face of difficulties.
Written in a humble and engaging style, Growing and Building is highly recommended for leaders and followers of all ages.