Growing up I was never much of a reader. However, the older I get the more I enjoy reading. Raising our four children, I always encouraged them to read. Now I challenge our five grandkids to read, and I remind them that leaders are readers. As a positive incentive I give each of them a dollar for every book they complete. Thankfully they are all developing a love for reading at an early age.
As I begin 2016, I am re-reading five books. These include:
1- The Bible
The Bible is a one-of-a-kind book that continues to be the best selling and most read book in all of history. Throughout decades reading the Bible, I’ve approached my reading in a number of different ways. For example, there have been years I committed to read through the entire Bible in one year. There were seasons I committed to read the same passages every day. For example, Genesis 1-3 (before the fall); the Sermon on the Mount (Mathew 5); and the Love chapter (1 Corinthians 13). Other years I committed to read a Proverb a day. And there were seasons I committed to read the same book in the Bible every day—for example the book of Galatians.
2- “Humility” by Dr. C. Peter Wagner
The author reminds readers that “those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). An ongoing personal, hopefully life-long, prayer is for God to bless me with humility—and provide the wisdom to lovingly walk it out.
3- “Community 101 Reclaiming the Local Church as Community of Oneness” by Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian
This book reminds me that God’s very essence—Father, Son, Spirit—is the quintessential model of community and oneness. The author writes; “authentic community is essential if the church is to remain true to its God-assigned mission.” Every time I re-read this book I fall more in love with God and His design for oneness and community.
4- “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Laurence
I first read this book in my twenties. I was both encouraged and challenged to experience and enjoy God in the everyday-ordinariness of life. Practicing the presence of God continues to positively impact my life in simple-only-God-ways.
5- “TOGETHER Reclaiming Co-Leadership in Marriage” by Tim+Anne Evans
Being called to marriage, I read every marriage book that I can. In all humility, I have yet to come across a marriage book that focuses on God’s original mutual equality and mutual authority—what we call co-leadership—marriage design and principles. Every time I re-read this book, my passion for God and marriage is re-ignited.
REAL LIFE Application
How about you … as you begin 2016 what book might you want to place on your re-reading book list?