Harry S. Truman – “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
I am grateful that my Mom instilled in my brother, sister, and me a deep love for reading. We didn’t have a lot of disposable income when I was growing up, but library cards were free. I still remember loading up the car with books for the week ahead. In order to punish us, often my Mom would just have to threaten to take away our books. I’m grateful that God has nurtured my passion for reading into one of the most powerful ways that I am able to hear His voice. I am careful to read in a way that I think will help me to become more of what God created me to be.
I take great care to highlight while reading. After I read a book, I always take all of my highlights and type them into Evernote. This allows me to recall favorite quotes and phrases as necessary thanks to Evernote’s powerful search functions and organizational system. I then take these notes and formulate them into a book review on this blog. I’m not sure if anyone else reads these but me, but in the end…I’m the one that needs to learn, so it’s fine if it is just me. At the end of the year, I like to go back through all of the reviews and post a comprehensive list of all the books from the year before. You will notice that the titles of the books are links that will take you to the review I wrote of each book. This year I was privileged to learn a ton from reading 43 books.
Any suggestions for books to read in 2014?
The In-Between by Jeff Goins
Just Lead by Jenni Catron and Shery Surratt
Buy This Land by Chi Dooh Li
Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr
The Experience Economy by Joseph Pine and James Gilmore
The Heart of Leadership by Mark Miller
Let Hope In by Pete Wilson