Reading is a good habit I am glad that I formed in my early teen years, even though it was quite difficult to acquire at first. As you may know, “Good habits are difficult to form but easy to break.” As a result, I am very particular about my reading habits and I make a big deal of it. If I go a day without peering through some text of some sort, I feel something is missing in my day. Of course, quiet time in the Word and peering through messages on social media may give you a feeling that you have read something. However, I think that’s not enough.
This year, one of the things I have decided to do is to be intentional about what I set out to do. I have noticed that too often we seem passive about what we claim to be our goals for certain seasons of our lives. So, let’s be intentional about our reading!
The year seems long at first glance and huge goals and targets may seem impossible to achieve but breaking them down into manageable timelines will help you to fulfil them.
For some time now, I have wrestled with the thoughts shared by Strive Masiyiwa in one of his articles. He said if you want to really lead, you must read AT LEAST a book a week. I have not yet brought myself to attain that goal but each month, I have a reading goal of at least one book.
So, I want to share with you my list of 52 books I am committing to read this year. As you know, there are 52 weeks in a year so one book for each week of the year will do. Mind you, Week 1 is already in motion.
Here’s my list:
The Old Testament of the Holy Bible
Last year, I set out to read through the Bible cover to cover day by day through the year. Using my One-Year Bible, I gradually made significant progress and missed many days (in my bid to make up for the previous missed ones), thus piling them up into many weeks. So eventually, I skipped quite a number of portions of the Bible.
After I got saved, God inundated me with a great hunger for His Word. I recall how much I enjoyed the New Testament, savouring it entirely until I ‘finished it.’ But for some strange reason, I didn’t want to get out of the New Testament, I could read the same portions in the New Testament every day I woke up to read my Bible but it seemed as though I was averse to the Old Testament. Unless we turned to a text in the Old Testament at Church or there was a reference to a portion in the Old Testament from my Devotional, I’d stay in the New Testament.
So one night, I had a vision or dream or whatever you want to call it (but it was spiritual) and I knew it was the Lord speaking to me. He admonished me to read the Old Testament. That experience has stuck with me since, and so whenever I have the temptation to neglect the Old Testament, I remember it.
In fact, the Old Testament is replete with so many New Testament realities that are simply veiled.
So the Old Testament for me is a big deal. Since I could not fully capture its essence last year, I have determined to not just read it but to study it through this year.
I figure that my Daily Readings were inconsistent mostly because of the length of the portions. Sometimes, they were quite long. But that’s not an excuse- I have to make time for it.
What Happened from the Cross to the Throne
This amazing treatise by E.W. Kenyon gives you an in-depth exposé on the Pauline revelation of Jesus’ entire death, burial, resurrection, ascension and enthronement.
Living a Life of Fire
If you were to ask me what gift I wanted for my 25th birthday, I wouldn’t blink before shouting this title. Since its release, I have yearned to have my own copy to read. Though quite a huge volume of over 600 pages, I believe its contents are full of life and power.
Living a Life of Fire is Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s autobiography.
Live before you die
This is another riveting title I’m absolutely awe-struck by! It’s a definitive guide to identifying and living out the call of God for your life. If you’re confused about what’s next in your journey of life, this book is filled with the answers you need. Evangelist Daniel Kolenda is the author.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
I don’t need to say much- if it’s by John C. Maxwell, it’s a good leadership book!
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Please, don’t be amazed! I have not yet read this book, and I still don’t know why. But it’s not too late to learn from these life-enriching principles by Stephen R. Covey.
The Triumphant Church
So a year or two ago, a very good friend lent this book by Kenneth Hagin to me. The title shows its importance, and it’s gathering dust, so I have to read it!
Recommended reading for G-Youth this year! Read it once and already on it again! Bishop Dag’s down-to-earth approach is so helpful indeed!
I think this book will be useful to me this year and always! It’s part of the books in my Makarios60.
The Torch and the Sword
A sequel to The Call, this book by Rick Joyner is so important in these last day.
Long Walk to Freedom
I learnt from Dr. Mike Murdock that studying the lives of great achievers is important to your success as a leader. This is the autobiography of the late Nelson Mandela.
God is a Matchmaker
Marriage! Does it matter that much? I think so! I think who you marry will determine how your life turns out. In this practical book, Derek and Ruth Prince lay out God’s blueprint for preparing for and having a successful and fulfilling marriage! As they say, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed!”
Kathryn Kuhlman- Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on my Life
This book by Pastor Benny Hinn is blessing me right now!
God of Miracles, Signs and Wonders
This book will blow you away into the miraculous and the supernatural! Written by Bishop Matthew Addae-Mensah, this is the book to help you activate the anointing in your ministry.
So, in no particular order, those are my 52 books for this year. Yep! You counted right- the Old Testament is made up of 39 books!
If you’re a student bogged down with textbooks, don’t worry. Just apportion your time wisely with a good balance and you’ll be able to do much more reading outside your school scope!