20 Interesting Quotes on the Power and Pleasure of Reading

Reading has the power to change lives. It is one medium by which we listen to people we’ve never met and may never meet, learn from them, gain insight into others’ experiences and travel the world without whipping out a passport. Here are 20 quotes from people who have experienced the power and pleasure of reading.

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5 Minutes With Tunde Leye, Author, Guardians Of The Seal

Sunday 25th September 2016, writer and blogger Tunde Leye launched his novel, Guardians of the Seal, and social media has been abuzz since.

I interviewed him for Connect Nigeria’s “5 Minutes With…” and I think every aspiring writer can learn a thing or two. Continue reading…

How Do People Read 50 Books A Year?

Bill Gates reads 50 nonfiction books every year. That’s a book a week! Radio host Dave Ramsey also reads at least one book a week. Ajit Singh, partner at the venture capital firm Artiman Ventures and consulting professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford, reads 50 to 60 books a year. In 2015, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg set a goal to read one book every two weeks, and by December he had read 23 books.

I’ve always loved books, but until I discovered the secret, whenever I heard things like this, I couldn’t help wondering how??? Unless one is jobless, one can’t possibly finish a nonfiction book in one week or even in two weeks, can they?

It turns out they can! I only recently discovered the mistake I’ve been making. Read more…

 

My Top Ten Books

My late friend and fellow #CNWriter Hammed Ajiboye was passionate about books. Every week, he would put up “My Top Ten Books” on his blog; a series that featured readers’ best books ever. He passed before I could send him mine, but it recently crossed my mind that Hammed would want to see it published. So here it is…

Writers You Should Know: Okey Ndibe

I just finished reading yet another of Okey Ndibe’s articles, and it was as enjoyable as I knew it would be. It is one thing to make sense as a writer and another to possess the gift of smooth prose that leaves your reader wanting more.

Whether he’s writing as a social commentator or a book reviewer, Okey Ndibe’s writing never fails to elevate mind and soul. I particularly loved the way he summarised the meaning of Alamieyeseigha’s fate:

“The meaning of DSP’s fate is that, in the end, political chieftain or discounted peasant, stakeholder or staked to misery, rich or poor, we all die. After which, all we own—all we are ever permitted to own, really—is the name we made for ourselves, the unvarnished, un-garnished record of the life we led, the legacy we left. When a man squanders a rare opportunity to elevate the condition of his society, that man dies with little or nothing, even when—especially when—he had every manner of earthly possession.”

Do check him out.

#ThrowbackThursday: That Time James Patterson Upset Me

Facebook recently dug up this memory of the time I read James Patterson’s Roses Are Red. Boy, I was upset! I posted:

Joy knows that reading a novel is like having an intimate encounter. It can be exciting, cause you to cry, laugh and make funny noises, send your heart racing and even bursting through your mouth, but it has to be ultimately SATISFYING. You have to come away from the experience feeling complete. Anything less than that is a waste of time and nervous energy. Yes, James Patterson, I’m talking to you!

Hahahaha! This was my first James Patterson book, and I never read any after that! 

Has any book ever left you feeling so unfulfilled? Do leave a comment.

15 Ps For Every Minister: Unveiling Matthew 10

Wait! Don’t move! Whether you are about to enter into ministry, are bothered about what the call of God entails or are wondering just how well you have done so far in your ministry, don’t take another step until you have read Fifteen Ps for Every Minister! It has opened my eyes, lifted my heart and deepened my walk in a way I’d never imagined!

Citing examples from the Old Testament as a shadow of the New, Ehis Agboga first establishes that every believer is a minister, but all are intended to minister in different cadres. Therefore, bearing in mind that ministry is not location, structure or recipient but rather a walk with God, every believer must strive to minister and occupy effectively until Christ returns.

Matthew 10 is the principal text from which the Fifteen Ps for Every Minister are drawn. The first set is made up of the Foundational Ps, first of which is The Pull, where we see Jesus call to Himself “those He wanted” not based on any qualification or fulfilment of a precedent. Here the author makes a point every intending minister will do well to remember; “Ministry is a high call. It is not a thing you enter into by reason of exposure or contact with those already there.” The Pull is followed by The Push, which emphasizes the sending out, noting that the point of receipt of the vision (The Pull) is not the takeoff point (The Push). Wow! Would that we would learn this and avert the dangers brought on by haste!

David and Jesus Christ are examples of ministers who received The Pull but did not venture out until the appointed time when they got The Push. Interestingly Ehis Agboga notes that “the souls you are meant to reach and affect will not die before you reach them.” How comforting to realize this and understand that God is never in a hurry and neither must His ministers. After digesting the preparation process between The Pull and The Push, we are introduced to the Operational PsPlace, Purpose, Power, Provision, People and Precaution.

At this point I was literally dancing in my seat. The Operational Ps are loaded with simple yet deeply profound revelations; God does not send His ministers everywhere nor does He leave them groping in the dark in an attempt to find their way; If there were no task at hand, He would not pull, prepare and push you to a place. God is not interested in random activity or the unnecessary duplication of efforts; God does not pull us into His service to disgrace us. When God pulls us, He backs us up. He gives us divine enablement to succeed; the quality of your life will not reduce as a result of your entrance into ministry; God gives people as “targets”, as “supporters” and as “ministry people.”

The Storm-Oriented Ps expound on Persecution, Protection, Perseverance and Program as necessary parts of ministry life in a forthright way that does not attempt to sugar-coat stark reality yet constantly reminds every minister of God’s faithful promises.

The Reward-Linked Ps are the last set of Ps in this amazing book and they show us simply that while God does not use people only to dump them later, He also has His standards by which He tries men’s works. Pridelessness, Price and Prize are the key words every minister must keep ever before his eyes. Indeed, as the author reminds us, “All who do not take note of the caveat contained in Rev 22:12 (as regards the basis for the kind of prize each man will receive) may end up in disappointment when they get the prize for their labour in heaven.

Fifteen Ps for Every Minister is so much richer than any review can sufficiently convey, and I absolutely recommend it for every minister who will make full proof of His ministry. Buy it, study it and be astonished by the transforming power of God’s word!

 

 

I first published this review 5 years ago, on Facebook.