CNLP 215: You Never Thought You’d Be a Cynic, Did You? Free Audio Book Bonus. Chapter One of Didn’t See It Coming

In this special episode, Carey shares the audio book version of Chapter One of his new book, Didn’t See It Coming.

Chapter One chronicles how cynicism starts in the heart of most leaders, how to know you’ve grown cynical, and begins to point toward a cure.

The full audio book is available wherever audio books are sold.

Welcome to Episode 215 of the podcastListen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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Thank you for an incredible book launch week! Didn’t See It Coming is reaching so many and I appreciate all of your feedback. If you haven’t yet, could you leave a review? I’d love to know what you think.

Are you an audio book fan? Don’t forget to leave a note in the comments section below and tell me what it is you like most (or least) about audio books. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Like what you’ve heard so far?  Head over to to order your copy today. And don’t forget to take the quizzes on burnout and cynicism while you’re there.

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Didn’t See It Coming is Available Now!

Find yourself fighting cynicism, too?

My new book Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That Nobody Expects and Everyone Experiences can help.

Didn’t See It Coming tackles the seven core issues that take people out: cynicism, compromise, disconnectedness, irrelevance, pride, burnout, and the emptiness of success and provides strategies on how to combat each.

I wrote the book because no 18 year old sets out to be cynical, jaded and disconnected by age 35. Yet it happens all the time.

The good news is that if you’ve grown cynical you don’t need to stay a cynic. There’s hope, and there’s help.

Here’s what top leaders are saying about Didn’t See It Coming:

“Seriously, this may be the most important book you read this year.” Jud Wilhite, Lead Pastor, Central Church

“Powerful, personal, and highly readable. ” Brian Houston, Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong

“Whatever challenge you’re facing, whatever obstacle you’re hoping to overcome, whatever future you dream or imagine, there is something powerful for you here.” Andy Stanley, Founder, North Point Ministries

“Uncommonly perceptive and generous…You have to read this book.” Ann Voskamp, NYT bestselling author

“Masterful.” Reggie Joiner, CEO Orange

“Deep biblical insight, straightforward truth, and practical wisdom to help you grow.” Craig Groeschel, Pastor and NYT bestselling author

“This book is sure to help you.” Daniel H. Pink, NYT bestselling author

Over the years, one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about being a public speaker is having opportunities to hang out with Carey…It’s not a matter of if you’ll run into these challenges; it’s a matter of when. Be prepared by spending a little time with a leader who has already been there.” Jon Acuff, NYT best-selling author

“Nieuwhof’s book provides expert guidance…with an accuracy that pierces the heart.” Nancy Duarte, CEO Duarte Inc.

“A refreshingly transparent guide for all leaders in a wide variety of industries.” Bryan Miles, Co-Founder and CEO, BELAY

You can learn more and get your copy of Didn’t See It Coming here.

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Next Episode: An Inside Look at A Book Launch Strategy, ProTips and a Q&A from the Launch Team

In this episode, Carey shares an overview of his team’s book launch strategy for his latest book, Didn’t See It Coming, which within hours of release became a multiple #1 Amazon best-seller in its categories. He also takes questions from a half dozen podcast listeners about Didn’t See It Coming. Carey tackles how to tell your boss you’re feeling overwhelmed (and actually negotiate a changed schedule), how to help leaders (aka bosses) who don’t realize they need help, and how to replicate a healthy culture in a large (or small) church, plus much more.    

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CNLP 215: You Never Thought You’d Be a Cynic, Did You? Free Audio Book Bonus. Chapter One of Didn’t See It Coming


  1. Anita Shank on January 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Wow! Great podcast here on being a cynic. Thanks so much for sharing! I hadn’t realized how much this is beginning to taint my perspective… I think I have some heart work to do. I’d definitely be interested in understanding where boundaries in ministry end and cynicism begin- I’ll look into the names you mentioned.
    On the audiobook topic, I have become a fan of audiobooks. I do love a hard copy, as it seems a little easier to stop and ponder things that really speak to me. But, realistically, I have a growing number of books I’d love to read and continually wrestle with sacrificing my time to exclusively sitting and reading. So many things to do and never enough time… it’s easier to listen while doing chores, exercising, or driving.

  2. "Justanother Islander" P. D. Stevenson on September 13, 2018 at 10:10 am

    You asked for comments on audio books and your most recent one.

    Over the last year, I’ve been listening to more audio books and podcasts. I do this when going for my daily walks, in the quiet of the morning —alone with nature, or in moments when awake early and lay in bed. These times, the other senses are not bombarded with audio or visual interruptions, and the spoken word causes you to focus and listen intently. I know we often remember more if we see something to fix in our memory, but I think we can train ourselves to be better at listening and remembering.

    I do enjoy when books are presented in pleasant conversational tones I find dramatic, stage voices tend to lose me. The over-the-top hyper tones turn me off like some commercial, and unconsciously I react negatively even to mistrust what follows. I have to admit I react this way to the announcer’s voice for your podcast Introduction. Sorry, maybe it’s just me.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Good feedback…thanks!

  3. Andrew Vickery on September 12, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Audiobooks – LOVE them! You mentioned listening at 1.5x – that’s simply a bonus for me. I drive a LOT for work, so I don’t have time to read that many physical books. On a good week, I could probably get through 5-6 audiobooks, whereas it takes me 5-6 weeks to get through a single physical book. The biggest drawback is that audiobooks cost more than physical books.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Ahhh…that kind of drive time with book would be amazing. And yes, that’s true. Wonder why they cost more!

  4. Jeff Pospisil on September 12, 2018 at 6:12 am

    I definitely consume more audio books than regular books. I live in the middle of South Dakota so I often have a lot of time behind the steering wheel. Audio books definitely help the time pass. For books like this one, I keep notes in Evernote. I also listen to more books just for enjoyment than I did otherwise.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Jeff. Would love to go to South Dakota at some point.

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