DAY 6: HAVE YOU NOT READ?


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.

Such folly.

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

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LESSON 18: ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!

Tonight I write on perhaps my most favorite topic of all times. Since reading Keith Harrell’s book, ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING early last year, my life has experienced a major turn-around. I’ve read quite a number of books, but this one in particular remains remarkable and I’d gladly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it. Though I’m yet to make use of all the lessons I picked from the book, if given the chance I will read it all over, maybe 2 or more times. Thanks to the author, I now know that how I do what I do is more important than what I do, and how I respond to what happens to me is more important than what happens to me.  

As a believer this is of significant importance, since my thoughts/words/actions should be as guided by the Holyspirit. With my current understanding, I am more conscious of his role in my life. I’m learning to deliberately act rather than react to anything that life throws my way. And I’m learning to choose my thoughts and words carefully especially in line with the scriptures. I must confess however that this hasn’t been a smooth journey, but thankfully I’m not where I was when it started.

  

  

 

So I used to be naturally pessimistic. I was more concerned that things would likely not work out. Then I used to think “what if this fails?” and come up with possible negative scenarios. Praise God! Those days are long gone. Now I deliberately condition my mind to think “what if this succeeds?” After sometime I discovered that failure was no longer a threat to me. With the right attitude, I now see failure as an opportunity to even succeed better. 

I believe that applying the right attitude to every area of our lives will give rise to more buoyant daily experiences for us. Our Attitudes reflect in our actions, and our actions are a product of our thoughts. And ofcourse these thoughts arise from whatever we allow our minds to be exposed to. That’s why the importance of God’s WORD in the heart of a believer, cannot be taken lightly. In a nutshell, when our thoughts are moulded into a particular kind of mindset (belief), we have established a perspective, that is, the way we look at some things. Our perspectives form the basis for our Attitudes. 

Take for instance, a certain person who believes that every woman’s primary responsibility is to give birth to children, prepare meals and take care of the home. Such a person would generally look at women that way, including the Queen of England, and perhaps question campaigns for Girl-child education, Gender Equality and Women empowerment. If the person happens to work for a female boss, this attitude may affect their relationship too.

This year, we must learn to cultivate the right attitude in everything we do. In the workplace, Diligence is an Attitude, Excellence is also an Attitude. In our relationships, Selflessness is an Attitude, Giving is an Attitude and so is Humility. As we fellowship with God, we must realize that Worship is an Attitude. No wonder the scripture says those who worship him must do so in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Then Gratitude is an Attitude as well. The list is endless. Attitude is a choice. If we can take time to evaluate our thoughts, we can determine what positive attitudes to build/keep. 

Attitude is EVERYTHING! 

PS: You can also read this related Post I wrote early last year.

Cheers,

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