I wanted to take a break for a day or two on my reflections about the church, Quitting Church, renewing the church... This theme is on the front burner for me right now and I have a lot of things I want to share (whether you want to read them is quite another matter). But they will be mixed in with other topics that are on my mind as well.
****************************************It is no surprise to readers of this blogsite, that I am a RAVING FAN of reading good books. I also am a collector of quotes and this month I have quite a few quotes on reading and books. Rather than hold them until the first day of the new month when I give all the quotes, I thought I would share these particular quotes a little early. And follow them up with a little encouragement about your reading.
So, here they are:
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. Henry David Thoreau
A bit of trash now and then is good for the severest reader. It provides the necessary roughage in the literary diet. Phyllis McGinley
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Reading – the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. William Styron
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries. Rene Descartes
The use of reading is to aid us in thinking. Edward Gibbon
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. Abigail Van Buren (pictured to the right)
I know many people do not like reading… (is abhor the word to use?). I want to make a case that leaders need to get in touch with the most profound ideas you can. If you don't read, you eliminate one of the main ways to get access to life changing, world shaping, leadership accelerating ideas. So - where will you find those ideas? Will it be through talking with another person who has read? That means they are the ones doing the hard work. The other readers are the ones getting the most benefit.
What are you reading right now?
What is on the night stand?
What is sitting on your desk?
What are you learning?
What are you doing with what you are learning?
Leaders are those who read, learn and then lead out of their learning.
The posts I am doing on the church have emerged out of reading one book, which then led to another book and to another. By the time I am done, I'll have read at least a dozen books on this subject in about two months. And that is just some of my reading.
If you want to stay informed of a wide variety of very good books, you should subscribe to the weekly Book Review by Byron Borger of Hearts and Minds. It is always a great review, usually on a theme and then 5 to 10 of the best books on that theme. So for example, Click Here to Read About Books on Marriage, the latest one Byron did.
And... if you have a book you want to suggest - do so. Just do it in the comments by clicking on the comment button. Pass on your best recommendations to others.
A friend (a very good leader by the way) recently sent me a list of leadership books her company passed around. She sent it to me, I asked her for her top recommendations and I am going to read what she recommended.
May you be led to the best book and the worthiest ideas... learn... and then lead with greater wisdom and passion.
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International