How to Be Present in an Absent World

How to Be Present in an Absent World

A Leader's Guide to Showing Up, Paying Attention, and Becoming Fully Human

Daniel Montgomery, Eboni Webb, Kenny Silva


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Take Ownership of Your Life in Every Area of Influence


Many people today feel overworked, overbooked, and burned out. They long for purposeful and meaningful lives. We're plugged into every social network we can find, yet we feel more disconnected than ever. And in our most honest moments, we can't help but look in the mirror and ask: How long can I keep this up? Montgomery, Webb, and Silva believe the pain we experience as leaders is a function of absence--living disconnected from our true selves and lacking deep, meaningful relationships with others. The remedy lies in rediscovering what it means to be truly present as a leader by embracing our humanity and extending it to those we lead.


How to Be Present in an Absent World is a guide for cultivating a self-awareness that empowers you to take ownership of your life in every area of influence. It provides a biblical way to handle the daily pressures of life without denying, escaping, or outrunning the present, past, or future. Montgomery and his coauthors, Webb and Silva, equip you with the kind of self-understanding that allows you to overcome obstacles--whether in your church, in your job, or in your family--that were previously discouraging and seemingly insurmountable.


Daniel Montgomery:

Daniel Montgomery is the founder and CEO of Leadership Reality, a learning and development agency. Daniel founded and led Sojourn Community Church for over seventeen years and is the founder of Sojourn Network, a church planting network in North America. He coaches, writes, and consults on the topic of leadership, theology, and mission for businesses and churches around the world.

Eboni Webb (Psy.D., Minnesota School of Professional Psychology) is the founder of The Village of Kairos—a practice offering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for trauma-based and co-occurring disorders. An extensive practitioner of DBT, Dr. Webb serves as an advisor to the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA) and trains other psychologists worldwide. Dr. Webb has recently completed Level I training and is currently in the process of completing Level II training in Sensorimotor PsychotherapySM —a prominent feature of therapy offerings in the Village.