by Steven Piersanti

MY PUBLISHING CAREER has spanned more than thirty-five years. For thirty of those years I have been an acquiring editor, and I have served as the lead editor for many hundreds of books. Yet this is the first time I have ever written the foreword for a book.

Why have I chosen to do something for this book that I have never done before? Two reasons. First, as a testament to the importance of this book. And second, because of gratitude for the profound impact of this book on Berrett-Koehler Publishers and on me personally.

Stewardship was published to great acclaim in 1993, and it quickly became a best seller, eventually selling nearly 200,000 copies. Library Journal (June 15, 1993, p. 92) said that “Block transcends ...

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