I am a reader.
About 15 years ago, I was challenged when I was told that to really be a leader, you need to be a reader! I heard a man named Jay Strack share that by reading 15 minutes a day that you will read 21 books in a year. At that time of my life, I was reading 6 to 7 books a year and I thought I was doing great. I took Jay’s challenge and soon I was reading 21 books a year.
Reading every day has been unbelievable, truly the ride of my life. I read theology, biographies, church growth and everything I can get my hands on concerning leadership. Reading has become a love for me. Not a duty or a chore but pure delight.
Books can take you anywhere. And they have! My journey with God, spiritual growth and ministry took off when I grew serious about reading. I began to change…I could see it and feel it. Other people noticed the change in me. I began to grow by leaps and bounds.
Today, I read 80 to 100 books every year and have been doing so for the past 10 years. Reading has changed my entire life. I believe that there will be a Barnes and Noble in heaven!
Last year, my family got me a Kindle for my birthday. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it but I absolutely love it! It’s amazing that you can download a book of your choice in 30 seconds or less.
If you want to experience the ride of your life, I encourage you to become a reader.
Romans 12:2 says that “we are transformed by the renewing of our mind.” Reading certainly does that. I have a library containing over 6000 books, my Kindle has almost 100 books on it and I read 5 or 6 blogs a day…Read! Make time to increase your knowledge, expand your imagination and watch God change you.
I could give you a list of some incredible books but I will only recommend 66 on this blog post – the Word of God, the Bible. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, Holy God breathed. The Bible contains 3,566,480 letters, 810,697 words, 31,175 verses, 1189 chapters and 66 books. The Bible is a divine library containing the most exciting, dramatic, heart pounding, pulse racing words that are sharper than a two edged sword. Able to increase your faith, save your soul, grow you spiritually, motivate you, rebuke you, encourage you, help you, guide you, and confront you.
The Bible is God talking to you. It is God’s love letter to you. Hold it, cherish it, study it, meditate on it, embrace it, love it, and obey it.
If you really want to experience the ride of your life, start reading!