Take a look, it’s in a book.

Remember that line?

In case you need a refresher course, Click Here.

When I moved into my office at the church, I realized pretty early on that I had a problem.

There was ONE bookshelf. 

And it wasn’t that big. Honestly, it’s good for some decor, some of my Bibles, and maybe a set of commentaries; but that’s about it. It was NOT going to be sufficient for my office library, even if I leave at home more books than I had in my last position.

A year later, I still don’t have another bookshelf. We’re working on clearing some space and then finally, praise Jesus, I’ll no longer have commentaries stacked on stairs and double and triple-stacked bookshelves.

I’m not sure where I first heard the phrase, “Leaders are Readers,” but it’s always stuck with me. And I’ve always been a book nerd (proof: see figure 1, picture of me). But I really can’t stress this enough.

Fig 1: Kathy as an early reader
Fig 1: Kathy as an early reader

Read a book.

I don’t care if you prefer the dead-tree version that fills up future bookshelves, or if you prefer the e-book option (trust me, my Kindle-app is as overflowing as my lonely office bookshelf). You can even use audio book apps or have your iPad read to you via the accessibility options, but READ!

  • Be a better preacher – read books by great preachers.
  • Hear what others have had to say.
  • Discover the path others have walked in a biography.
  • Find out what didn’t work for someone, and keep yourself from making the same mistake.
  • Take someone’s idea and apply it to your life, and make your own mistakes along the way.
  • Learn about personalities, team dynamics, theology, dealing with regrets (I’ve got two books on my desk right now about this topic), or anything else that you’re wondering.

Hey – if we as leaders tell others to seek the council of others, shouldn’t we be doing the same?

Read y’all.

Schedule time for it. Make it a discipline. Whatever you have to do, just take the initiative and make it happen.

Write notes in the margins that future generations will come across. Ask God questions and write a prayer as you study. See what He reveals to you as you read. And in case you wimp’d out and didn’t watch the video…

Butterfly in the sky
I can go twice as high
Take a look
It’s in a book
A Reading Rainbow

I can go anywhere
Friends to know
And ways to grow
A Reading Rainbow

I can be anything
Take a look
It’s in a book
A Reading Rainbow
A Reading Rainbow

So… whatcha read lately that’s great? Come on, my Amazon Prime one-click is calling my name. Give me some suggestions!

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