Today is January 21. So we’re three weeks into the new year. Statistically most people have already given up (I read most people give up by January 17). I also read that it takes 21 days of consistent behavior to develop a habit. So if you’re still hanging in there with your new year’s resolution, you might just be on to something new!
Last year I resolved to read more. My plan was to read one hour every day. That was about all of the intentional effort that I put forth for my reading goal. I could have created a reading list. Maybe it would have been beneficial to decide when every day I would read. They say hindsight is 20/20. And while I could have done a lot more to be more intentional about my reading goal, I did successfully read more books in one year than I have in my life. I read 12 books from cover to cover (You can see my list below).
2012 Books Read:
1. “The Circle Maker”, by Mark Batterson
2. “If He Only Knew”, by Gary Smalley
3. “The Old Testament Made Simple”, by James E. Smith
4. “Real Marriage”, by Mark Driscoll
5. “Leading On Empty”, by Wayne Cordeiro
6. “Tribal Church”, by Steve Stroope
7. “Platform”, by Michael Hyatt
8. “StrengthFinder 2.0”, by Tom Wrath
9. “The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney”, by Andrew Jackson
10. “Spiritual Leadership”, by Henry & Richard Blackaby
11. “You’re a Writer”, by Jeff Goins 12. “Wrecked”, by Jeff Goins
Why Read More?
I’ve never been much of a ‘reader’. I skim a lot. I’ve started dozens of books only to put them back on the shelf after they started to collect dust. A business leader named Zig Ziglar once said, “You’ll be the same person five years from now as you are today except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” President Harry S. Truman once pointedly remarked, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” As a leader in my home and my church, I decided that one of the most important disciplines that I can develop is that of reading.
2013 Reading List & Book Notes
So this year I have resolved to read more in 2013 than I did in 2012. In 2012 I read 12 books simply by reading one hour a day (inconsistently). To read more this year, I’ve made the effort to create a reading list of 16 books, I’ve ordered the books (some on Kindle), and have them on my desk so that I won’t forget the goal set before me. (I have posted below the books I will be reading this year.) In addition to reading each of these books, I will write a two page set of Book Notes for each book. Each set of Book Notes will be posted to this site and will be link with each book on the list as they are completed.
2013 Books To Be Read:
1. “The Pursuit of Holiness”, by Jerry Bridges (completed January 2013)
2. “The Circle Maker”, by Mark Batterson
3. “Drawing the Circle”, by Mark Batterson
4. “Praying Circles Around Your Children”, by Mark Batterson
5. “That’s My Girl”, by Rick Johnson
6. “Divine Mentors”, by Wayne Cordeiro
7. “Who Do You Think You Are”, by Mark Driscoll
8. “Deep and Wide”, by Andy Stanley
9. “Communicating for a Change”, by Andy Stanley
9. “EntreLeadership”, by Dave Ramsey
10. “Choosing to Cheat”, by Andy Stanley
11. “How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven”, by Michael Cheshire
12. “Wild at Heart”, by John Eldridge
13. “Gospel Coach”, by Scott Thomas & Tom Wood
14. “Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook”, by June Hunt
15. “Unleash”, by Perry Noble
16. “Greater”, by Steven Furtick
What Are You Reading This Year?
As you can probably see, my reading niche is mostly Spiritual Growth and Leadership type books. I love an occasional fiction based novel every now and then. I’d love to know what books you’ve found to be a blessing. Share what you’re reading with me in the comments section below!