I was discussing a book I’d recommended to a friend recently and realized just how much I love to read. This wasn’t always the case with me, but I’ve developed this habit of love over the years and read a variety of books on a regular basis. I keep a list of current books I plan to read, and like to read the classics occasionally. If you don’t have a planned reading list, I hope you’ll consider developing one and start reading! By the way, I’ve loved being part of a ministry called Radical Mentoring (RM) for the past five years because RM has challenged me to read books I wouldn’t have chosen to read on my own. I believe readers are learners and learners are better leaders.
I primarily read non-fiction, but I enjoy taking a break to read a novel once or twice a year. Most of the non-fiction books I read are written by Christian authors, but I also read books written by those who are not followers of Jesus.
When I read a book written by a Christian author, I always ask God to reveal to me something I need to learn or can glean from the writings to help me or challenge me personally. I don’t always agree with everything the authors write, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get something worthwhile and great from the book.
When I read books written by non-Christian authors I ask God to help me glean understanding from the authors perspective. I want to learn from them and gain a better perspective of our culture so I can learn more effective ways of putting the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) into practice.
When I recommend books to people, I am hoping and believing they are at a point in their life where they can glean truth God has for them in the book. I don’t expect them to agree with everything in the book, but I’m hoping they’ll be open to learn some truth that God wants them to learn and practice as they read.
Readers are learners and learners are better leaders.