“Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.” ― C.S. Lewis
- Look at various sites such as Good-reads for ideas
- Ask friends and family or, even teachers
- Go to the library and/or bookstore browse….
- Books mentioned in podcasts I listen to regularly. The two from which many of the books came from are The Entreleadership Podcast and This is Your Life podcast.
- My own Book Shelf. I had a backlog of unread books that has been reduced to half this year. Yeah!
- Recommendations from a friend. Lisa is an author and avid reader. Our tastes are different but I value her input and took her up on several suggestions that I have enjoyed.
A Framework for Books
In my Hidden Life post, I talked about spirit, soul (mind, will, emotions) and body. In picking these books, they fit into informing and/or enhancing at least one of these areas. This was not conscious, but in looking over the list I can see this now. Sometimes these things become apparent after the fact. I provided links to many of the books:
Spirit – These books spoke to be at a level deeper than the intellect and emotions, so for me, they fit in this section.
- The Bible – my daily spirit food. Jesus said, “my word, they are Spirit and they are life…” John
- The Sermons of John G Lake
- Lay it On Me
- Racism in the Church
- To Fly Again
- The Search for God and Guinness
- Jungle Pilot
Soul – Mind. Will. These books challenged me this year. I am grateful.
- Weather Flying
- Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World
- The Success Principles
- Living Forward
- The Ambitions Woman
- Retire Inspired
- $100 Start-up
Soul – Emotions
- Peter Mayle Books (2)
- On The Road to Little Dribbling
- Evanovich Books (5)
- Colin Dexter – I got hooked on Inspector Morse through the BBC and Masterpiece Classic. I have to say, reading British English was vocabulary building!
Body – clearly I need to balance out this area and may explain my lack of progress in the fitness area this year!
- Blue Zones – a really good read on the common characteristics of those who live past 100 years of age.
Reading books has added a balance to my life this year. We are very absorbed in this house renovation. It is not the extreme home make-over version, but rather the”one step in front of the other” version. Reading keeps me from losing myself in the tedium. Some may call it an escape, but what is wrong with that? Nothing, as far as I can tell.