Leaders are readers.
I believe this to be true. Therefore I read. It is important to stay in a constant learning mode; to challenge my thinking, to be aware of current thinking on various topics, to be aware of best practices, and to be encouraged in my faith. And so I read.
I will be honest with you: generally speaking, I do not enjoy reading. Many people read as a form of relaxation or entertainment (my wife!), But not me. Yet I read because I want to be constantly learning and growing. I do not read as much as I should, but I do make an effort to read regularly. As a result, you will always find books on my desk. Books that I intend to read, but haven’t gotten to yet. Books that I am currently reading or have just completed. And those books which are old favorites; I go back to them over and over again – a few I have read dozens of times.
A few books that I intend to read within the next 6 months:
- Pursuing God’s Will Together by Ruth Haley Barton
- Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley
- Becoming Orthodox by Peter Gillquist
- The Bible and Homosexual Practice by Robert Gagnon
A few books that I’ve recently completed or currently reading:
- Saving Eutychus by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell
- Resisting Grace by Jon Ido Warden
- Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne
- The Bible by God!
A few books that are my old favorites that I go back to over and over (I keep them close at hand!):
- The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
- My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers
- The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George Hunter
- Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne
These are the books I read in my office. At home I enjoy a few novels, a few classics – an occasional Stephen King, John Grisham, or Patricia Cornwell. A year never goes by that I haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird, My Side of the Mountain or A Walk In The Woods.
How about you? What have you been reading lately?
Of all the books ever written, I hope and pray you take time on a regular basis to read your Bible! The all-time bestseller and the inspired word of God!