Happy Wednesday to you!

The key to keeping your new year resolutions is excellent planning. We all know the saying, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail". When you set out to achieve a goal, there are several stages. For lack of better words, there’s a planning phase, a structuring phase, a laboring phase, etc. Eventually, you reach the point of fulfillment or completion. However, before you start writing things down or gathering resources, you have to go through the research phase. Research is vital to the success of any plan. You have to figure what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how much it will cost you. It is during the research phase that reading is very important.

Today’s post is all about reading. For a successful year, you must dedicate yourself to reading more. It’s one of the tried and true ways to obtain knowledge and grow in understanding. Of course you know the correct application of knowledge is wisdom. We can discuss that further in a later post. Reading helps you to know where to start, what mistakes to avoid, and how to turn your dreams into reality. Reading cultivates your mind, stimulates your imagination, and transforms the way you think, speak, and behave. That's why it's so important to read the right books at the right time. 

Below are the three books that I will be reading (and rereading) this month. If you enjoy this post, we can continue this series throughout the rest of the year.   Beneath the images are the links to where you can purchase a copy of each of the books (if you’re interested).


Always remember: readers are ACHIEVERS!



Nehemiah 8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.