It’s been saids that “All leaders are readers”. I agree. However, I have become convinced that leaders don’t just read, they read the right stuff.
I am acutely aware of how many brilliant, world-class, timeless writers I have not read. Since my time is limited I need to be deliberate in choosing my reading. Here are recommendations from my recent reading:
1. I am reading more biographies.
I don’t know why I haven’t done this already, because reading a biography helps me spend time with exceptional people, and I never fail to be influenced in the process. Recent worthwhile books include:
– C. Peter Wagner’s biography Wrestling with Alligators, Prophets and Theologians. (The title makes sense after you read it!)
– I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the road to Peace. by Izzeldin Abuelaish. An extraordinary account of a truly amazing man: a Palestinian doctor who became staff at an Isaraeli hospital, suffered incredibly (3 children killed by Israeli shelling) but still refuses to hate. It dose of reality will change the way you look at the Arab-Israeli conflict.
2. Spiritual Growth
Ruined for the Ordinary – by Joy Dawson — about hearing and responding to the voice of God.
3. Most Challenging: Knowing Christ Today – Dallas Willard
Dallas is a philosopher and it shows in the this book. Though it’s not easy reading, I found it worth the effort since it deals with issues debated by secularists: how moral knowledge disappeared, the existence of God and whether God revealed himself.
That’s it for now – stay tuned for more!