As many of you know, I love to read. It wasn't always that way. In fact, in high school I rarely read the books I was assigned to read. However, today I have a ferocious appetite for books. Why? I think Burke Hedges said it best when he said, "Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book, at which time in your life, might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you to grow in ways you never thought possible."
My appetite for books is driven by my insatiable hunger for knowledge. I want to grow. I desire to be a better leader, a better pastor, a better husband, a better dad, a better communicator, a better friend, a better coach, a better man. The world today has an abundance of knowledge at our finger tips and you can learn anything about anything if you really search for it. But knowledge doesn't come through osmosis, you have to go get it yourself. And that is why I read. I find that through devouring a book I can gain knowledge that took the author years of education and experience to acquire, and I can acquire it in just 3 to 4 hours of concentrated time.
Because I read so much, I am often asked by other pastors and leaders about the latest, greatest book I've read. I try to read a minimum of a book-a-week and because of this pace I read a lot of garbage books, too. I would like to help you wade through the mire and save you invaluable time by posting books I've read on my blog under the "Saturday Book Review" heading. So, I would encourage you to check back to the blog every Saturday for a sneak peak into a great book. And then you can decide for yourself whether it is one you need to read or not.
Join Me on Goodreads.com
I would also like to invite you to join me on my new online book club found on an app called goodreads.com. You can access this app here or you can see a regular link to what I've read and am currently reading in the far right column on my blog page. If you become my friend on goodreads.com you can see all the books I've read (at least the ones I've entered since joining the app) and how I've rated the books. You can also post what you're reading, rate it, and even write a review. In this way, we can regularly interact with what we're learning and grow together! I'd encourage you to sign up right away. It's free, and easy to use.
To keep a regular habit of reading, you will have to have a personal growth plan. This includes setting aside time and money to grow yourself. Here are my favorite 5 books that have helped me do just that! These may be the 5 most important books you will ever read (besides the Bible of course).
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- Today Matters - Learn 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success by John C. Maxwell
- Goals - Learn how to set goals and how to get everything you want faster than you ever thought possible by Brian Tracy
- The 12 Traits of the Great by Dr. Dave Martin
- Creating Your Personal Life Plan e-book by Michael Hyatt
- Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
Question: What book (besides the Bible) has helped you the most to personally grow? You can comment below in the "Leave a Reply" box.