June 15, 2020


About 30 Days with King David: On Leadership

30 Days with King David book cover

30 Days with King David: On Leadership is as suitable for individual reading as it is for book clubs, small group discussions, home schooling and retreats. It can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.

In this book I trace the life of the Old Testament hero King David through the lens of character, rooted in the ancient tradition of the Cardinal Virtues. With the events of David’s life organized into 14 chapters, each chapter looks thoroughly at one aspect of David’s character and how well or poorly he expresses it. I also explore the implications of each dimension of character for leading families, congregations, businesses, and organizations today.

I write from an unapologetic Christian viewpoint, but I also draw on Jewish and Muslim traditions, leadership studies, Family Systems Theory, history, poetry and other resources to paint a wide picture of David’s life and influence.


Here is a sample of the praise 30 Days with King David: On Leadership is receiving:


In turbulent times, King David united a nation—and his hard-earned wisdom can bring us together today. He is honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. In this book, pastor, educator and leadership coach Larry Buxton shows us how David embodies 14 crucial values shared by effective leaders to this day. This new  book offers a month of readings plus rich ideas for small-group discussion or personal reflection.

The first volume in this series invites readers to spend 30 Days With Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest unifying figures in American history. In the same spirit, Buxton’s book calls us to remember and cultivate those deeper values that unite us.

Buxton dedicates this book “to everyone who believes that the character of any leader is of critical importance … and to all those who seek to let God shape their character as more virtuous human beings, that their influence may spread to heal our world.”