What is On Your Reading List this Summer?

May 15, 2013

Photo by Julia Leiby

Photo by Julia Leiby

“Leaders are readers.”

School is almost out. Summer is almost here in North America and people are planning their vacations. Vacations are a wonderful way to rest, recharge, and reconnect with those that we love.

As you plan your summer, do you have a reading list? Wouldn’t it be great to read a few new books over the summer? Most of us live busy lives and reading is often regarded as a luxury. Why not let this summer be the one that you re-engineer your life and make reading an important part of your daily routine? If you want a few hints of where to start, you might click on “Book Reviews” to the right. I have reviewed some incredible books over the last couple of years.

More and more people are reading books electronically on their iPad, Kindle, or Nook. With our upcoming move to Brazil, I am very limited in how many books I can take and have learned to enjoy reading books on my iPad. More and more folks are also listening to books on CD or downloading them to their iPod. This is a brilliant way to turn your daily commute or even your evening jog into a more productive time.

If you haven’t taken a look at my books, why not have a look? My newest book, Leading into the 21st Century…and Beyond is only available in e-format. My other four books, Peter and Paul in Acts: A Comparison of Their Ministries: A Study in New Testament Apostolic Ministry, Miracles in Mark, Street Cop, and Street Cop II: Reloaded are available in both print and e-formats. You can read more about any of my stuff here. I’m a little biased, but I think that if you go to Amazon and start reading a sample from my Street Cop books or the others, you will be hooked and have to order them!

Besides reading books, I am also reading more blogs. I try and read a few each day. There is some incredible material available today for free at our fingertips. I feel like have several life coaches that are available to me 24/7. Here are four of my favorites:

Michael Hyatt’s blog is one of the most widely read leadership blogs on the internet. He gets hundreds of thousands of visitors a month. Check out his website and you will understand why. His material is excellent. I have benefited from Michael’s blog, his podcast, and his book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, is a classic.

The C3 Journey’s page is called “The Warrior’s Blog.” The blog caters primarily to men but the ladies will benefit as well. My friend Jim Crumbley and his team write about personal development, relationships, and overcoming obstacles. I am always challenged and encouraged when I visit their page.

As a writer, I have learned a lot from Jeff Goins. He blogs about writing, building a personal platform, and making a difference in the world. His book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life was one of the best books that I read last year.

If you like to be encouraged and inspired, I would also highly recommend that you check out my friend Joe Primm’s page. He has authored several books and his blog is incredible. You can find Joe here.

What is one step that you could take to become more intentional in becoming a reader?

Would you like to help Annie and I reach Brazil? Here is the link if you would like to be a part! Obrigado!


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