I read. A lot. I read because I love it. I love words and how they transport me to different places and put me in the company of amazing people. I am in awe of the human capacity to formulate words that transcend time and communicate over centuries. I think it is one of God’s greatest gifts to us.
My standard daily reading is my bible. I keep two versions on my bedside table:
- The New King James Version – my bible college lecturers told me that it is the version that Jesus used and I had no reason to disbelieve them, so it has become my ‘old faithful’.
- I also keep a copy of The Message. I love this version because it is so different from the one I learnt from at college. I often find myself reading The Message and saying “I didn’t know that was in the bible.” I then go and check it out in ‘old faithful’ and, yes it is in the bible but I had become so familiar with the NKJV that it lost it’s meaning.
In any given week I am typically reading 3 books.
One will be a book that challenges my spiritual growth, one will be a book that helps me in my leadership role and one will be for the pure pleasure of it.
Apart from the books I read, I also read magazines like Harvard Business Review as well as online newspapers and carefully selected blogs.
Like I said, I read – a lot. I probably spend 2-3 hours a day reading. I also travel a lot which then gives me extra time to read. I am ever thankful to God for Amazon that brought us the Kindle and the ability to download any book, anywhere, any time. I carry my favorite books with me wherever I go, all in a tiny device that slides into my bag.
I’d like to share with you some of what I’ve been reading.
For fun : Jesus, My Father, The Cia and Me: A Memoir of Sorts. I laughed out loud several times (on a plane and had to endure stares from strangers) but it was worth it. I also cried. A beautiful book. Thank you Ian Morgan Con for writing it. You have brightened my life.
For spiritual growth: Mere Christianity. I love this book and read it at least once a year. Each time I learn something new. My beloved paper version has dog ears and scribbles all over it. I now have the Kindle version and am trying hard not to highlight every second sentence. C.S. Lewis (or may I call you Jack?) I’m booking my day in heaven with you now already because I’m sure your schedule is filling up rapidly.
Leadership: The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable is a delightful read. There is true gold in this story – just laying there for the picking. Patrick Lencioni, you are one of my heroes. To write a business leadership book that is a true page-turner is no easy feat.
I have a page on this site with other books that I highly recommend. But, more than anything else, I recommend that you read. It is a gift from God.
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