Why the Best Leaders are Readers

Why the Best Leaders are Readers

Jesus was a serious reader.

That statement may surprise you, but the Lord settled countless arguments by referring to the practice of reading. Here are just three examples, among many others, when Jesus accused his opponents of lazy reading:

  • With the Pharisees, in reference to the Sabbath, he said, “Have you not read what David did?” (Matthew 12:3).
  • With the thorny issue of divorce and remarriage he said, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female?” (Matthew 19:4).
  • When discussing authentic worship, he said, “Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babes you have prepared praise for yourself’?” (Matthew 21:16).

The habit of reading does not come by accident, but must be formed as a discipline. Reading must be taught and modeled for the young minds among us. This explains why history’s best schools have included the reading of great books.

Learning to read with understanding is a life-long labor, which is why it has fallen on hard times. With the rise of YouTube and our culture’s obsession with the moving picture, few young people spend time at home reading. According to Jesus, a person’s inability to read could seriously cripple the abundant life.

Books Every Christian Should Read

The word Bible means “book,” and as it is the written Word of God, it goes without saying that the Bible should be the main book on every Christian’s shelf. Having said that, seasoned Christians would agree that reading brilliant Christian authors has also been instrumental in opening up a window of understanding.

Have you fallen off the wagon of reading, and are now looking to get back on? A simple Google search of the most influential Christian books in history would provide dozens of options. With no clicking necessary, here are three hooks we’ll throw in the water.

The Jesus Storybook BibleTo Read to Your Children:
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones. You may read this beautiful volume to your kids, but in the end, YOUR soul will be fed the most.


Screwtape LettersTo Wake Up to the Dangers of Lazy Spirituality:
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. Written as a conversation between a senior demon and a younger demon, it provides fascinating insights into the war with temptation.



Master Plan of EvangelismTo Better Understand How God Wants To Use Your Life:

The Master Plan of Evangelism, by Robert E. Coleman. This is NOT a how-to book for having awkward conversation with your neighbor. Coleman will help you refocus on building relationships that will change your life and change the world.