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The Carpenter

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Bestselling author Jon Gordon returns with his most inspiring book yet — filled with powerful lessons and the greatest success strategies of all.

Michael wakes up in the hospital with a bandage on his head and fear in his heart. The stress of building a growing business, with his wife Sarah, caused him to collapse while on a morning jog. When Michael finds out the man who saved his life is a Carpenter he visits him and quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams.

As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure. Along the way he learns that there's no such thing as an overnight success but there are timeless principles to help you stand out, excel, and make an impact on people and the world.

Drawing upon his work with countless leaders, sales people, professional and college sports teams non-profit organizations and schools, Jon Gordon shares an entertaining and enlightening story that will inspire you to build a better life, career, and team with the greatest success strategies of all.

If you are ready to create your masterpiece, read The Carpenter and begin the building process today!

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What Others Are Saying


Jon and I have always agreed that 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


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


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