I don’t another person (except classmates) that reads on the same pace that I read books. In fact, the average American adult reads less than one (1) book per year.
In contrast, I had a professor in my undergrad days tells our class that effective, successful leaders read thirty pages per day. The content didn’t matter as much as the effort. His theory was that reading makes us smarter and more relational. In other words, reading takes us out of our normal environment and increases our understanding of those unlike us.
My reading experience would compliment his theory. Therefore, I want to give you a list of six books you should read this year.
The Bible. It doesn’t matter what you think about Jesus, religion, faith and everything else. If you read the Bible, you will begin to understand and a relational connection to book will take place before your eyes.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney. I first read this book about twelve ago. It forever shaped how I view a balance approach to personal discipleship.
Becoming a Person of Influence by John Maxwell. Please don’t be niave and think you have zero influence in other people. You have more than you ever imagined. Really, you could pick up any book John Maxwell has written and become a better influencer of people.
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. A big part of my ministry efforts over past few years has been trying to get leadership to understand the importance of saying yes and no to the right things. This book will help you organize the chaos of your life, especially when it seems you can’t break free.
Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton. This book has had an amazing impact on my life in the past two years.