A couple of years ago, I was that girl who would skim a few words from a book, use them as “quotable quotes” on social media and feel good about myself afterwards. I hardly completed any non-fiction book.
I was that lazy.
A lot of my friends and family members assumed I read a lot. If only they knew.
I remember while I was in the University, some kind friends who happened to care about my destiny more than I did back then, bought me great books, but I didn’t read more than the first few pages.
Worse still, I carelessly gave some of the books away.
Some of my colleagues were even kind enough to put a variety of ebooks on my laptop, but I mostly glanced through the titles and with time forgot those books existed.
I can imagine how transformed my life would have been by now, if only I’d diligently read those books.
Thankfully in the last few years I’ve been able to develop a steady habit of reading books, across several genres, and a number of them have remarkably changed my life.
There are several reasons people read, here are five reasons why I love to read:
1. To broaden my knowledge
“A great book should leave you with many experiences.”- William Styron
2. To improve my vocabulary and comprehension skills
“Few activities are as delightful as learning new vocabulary.”- Tim Gunn
3. For my personal (spiritual, physical, mental, financial, social and emotional) development
“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.”- Joseph Addison
4. To communicate better with people (via speaking and writing)
“Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood.”- John Green
5. To have fun.
Sometimes reading a book makes me sober and reflective. Other times I burst into laughter. Whatever the case, reading a good book definitely improves my mood.
Have you ever wondered the level of ignorance there would be in the world today, if no one bothered to read?
“HAVE YOU NOT READ?”
That was the question Jesus asked the Pharisees in Matthew 12:3-5 and again in Matthew 19:4.
Ignorance is indeed a disease, but reading is a life-saver because it produces knowledge which leads to action.
Although not everyone considers reading (especially non-academic literature) fun, but the benefits cannot be overemphasized.
“A person who won’t read has NO advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain.
The beautiful thing is that Reading is cheap. Generally, books are more affordable than most clothing and gadgets. And with the rise of electronic devices, e-books are easily accessible still and many of them can be gotten for free.
Today, I’m thankful for all the books I’ve read and the many lessons I’ve picked from them. I’m also thankful for the authors that God inspired to write those books.
Here are my top five reads (over the years):
1. Why You Act The Way You Do (Tim LaHaye)
2. Attitude is Everything (Keith Harrell)
3. Marriage and Family life of a Christian (Watchman Nee)
4. The Four Loves (C.S. Lewis)
5. Awaken The Giant Within (Anthony Robbins)
My favorite book so far this year, is: FERVENT by Priscilla Shirer. The book is on strategic prayer and has deepened my understanding about some of the cunning approaches of the enemy and how to counteract them. It’s such a great read.
Tbh, I’ve been thinking of doing some book reviews (or summaries) on this blog, but I’m yet to figure out how that would work.
I’m Currently Reading:
1. Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)
2. Unstoppable (Christine Caine)
3. PASSING IT ON (Myles Munroe)
4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Peter F. Drucker)
Books to read:
1. The Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyan)
2. Make it stick (Peter C Brown)
3. The Art of the Start (Guy Kawasaki)
4. Living in the light- Money, Sex and Power (John Piper)
5. No idea (Greg Garelt)
6. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
7. Undaunted (Chistine Caine
8. The Applause of Heaven (Max Lucado)
9. Do It Afraid (Joyce Meyer)
10. THINK & GROW RICH (Napoleon Hill)
11. This Momentary Marriage (John Piper)
12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)
13. Cents & Sensibility (Scott and Betty Palmer)
14. Lean in (Sheryl Sandberg)
15. Madly in love with me (Christine Aryle)
16. I’ll have what she is habana (Bobbie Houston)
17. My Love Diaries (Itunu Taiwo)
18. The Power of Forgiveness (Joyce Meyer)
19. Wild Grace (Max Lucado)
20. So Good they can’t ignore you (Cal Newport)
21. Out of Control & Loving it (Lisa Bevere)
22. Unglued devotional (Lysa Terkeurst)
23. Found: God’s will (John MacArthur)
24. Love Me This Way (Ketsia Gustave)
25. Marriage Makeover (John and Lisa Bevere)
26. 101 Questions to Ask Yourself (Celestine Chua)
27. Without Rival (Lisa Bevere)
28. The Power of the Tongue (Kenneth Copeland)
So that’s my library at the moment.
And I look forward to investing in more books in future.
Eventually, it’s not about the books we read but the lives we lead.
It won’t matter how many books I’ve read but how many lessons I apply.
Kindly share with me the titles of books that have imparted you as well, so that I can be on the lookout for them. ☺️
So what are you thankful for today?
Spanish Phrase For The Day:
Quiero comprar unas manzanas- I want to buy some bananas