09 Dec

What’s worse than burning books?

burning books

There are worse crimes than burning books.

One of them is not reading them

(“WowWowWOW” is what I thought when I first heard this)

We’ve all heard of regimes that seek to silence, control or even destroy a nation’s culture by burning their books.

When I think of this act: of purging and cleansing, it doesn’t conjure up any good thoughts of HEALTHY cleansing or purging.  It makes me think of destruction and oppression.

It feels heavy.

The idea of burning books feels offensive to me.  It seems so wrong.  Feels like such opportunity lost for generations.

Hence, my “WowWowWOW” because of the following revelation I experienced:

Living in a land of freedom with access to countless varieties of books and NOT taking/making time to read – WOW

– is the same, or worse, than not having them available to read – WOW!

Not reading is the same opportunity lost as not being able to, I say.

Steve and I were just discussing this topic of “reading” with each other and our team.  I was confessing that there have been seasons in my life where I’ve been very diligent and disciplined about reading; and seasons where I haven’t been.   Without fail, the seasons where I was reading, I was developing and improving.

In some seasons, my goal was to read a book a month. One particular year, not very long ago, I was really hungry to grow in a particular area of my life and I read nearly 40 books that year. Know what happened? I grew!  (funny how that happens, huh? :)

This is coming from a person who probably never finished a book in high school. Pretty sure the same was true in college. But now, I really do love to read, though it wasn’t always that way.

Part of the reason I love to now is because I have evidence in my life that it makes a difference and I like seeing those results.

Dean:  “So Dean, why don’t you read all the time?”

Dean:  “That’s a good flippin question, Dean!”

Dean:  “You have ample corroboration of growth, understanding, peace, and entertainment when you do.  What’s your problem?”

(pardon me, whilst I lecture myself)

I don’t entirely know guys.  I get busy?  I get distracted?  I’m ‘working’ on other stuff?  I lost the habit?  I had a major life event and I’m just trying to survive?  (like the cute lil baby distraction I have in the house :)

Any excuse will do I guess…

All I know is; reading is good for me.  I know it’s good for you, too.

So that’s why today, I’m writing to encourage you to start reading or start reading, again.

If you are already in the reading habit – Congrats!                       Seriously, good for you and keep it up.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but reading tweets, Facebook updates, LinkedIN articles, emails, news apps, little devotionals, business publications, and oatmeal warming instructions are all part of my regular routine.

….But I’m talking about – when was the last time you read a book?

So, if you’re like me and just out of habit or if you’ve never been a ‘reader’, today is your day.

Plan to start and then Start!


JUST Start!

As a result of this conversation Steve and I were having with each other and our team about reading, we decided to DO something.

We are picking out a book, reading it as a team, and discussing it at our monthly team meetings.

It doesn’t have to be a huge-big-process or major commitment to read even a book a month (it could be and that would be awesome).  But, how about committing to read 10-15 minutes a day to start.  How about finding a friend or spouse to read with and discussing just one takeaway?

JUST Start and my guess is you are going to love the results and then begin to love reading (again)

Here are a few quotes and a link at the end I hope encourage you toward action.

“The book you don’t read won’t help.”– Jim Rohn

 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”– Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

 “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”– C.S Lewis

 “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”– Alan Bennett

Reading is considerably beneficial.

CLICK HERE for 10 Reasons Why

As this article describes, developing a habit of reading will benefit your life in many ways.

SO AS YOU ARE PERSONALLY impacted, developed, stretched, encouraged, and benefitted;


As always, we love hearing from you.  What books are your favorites?  If you’d like to know some of ours, ask us, we’d be happy to share them with you.

You are not alone,


2 thoughts on “What’s worse than burning books?

  1. Our learning process evolved by listening and learning our tribal history (social tribes). We retain an incredible amount of “stories” that we hear. As a lifelong reader and road warrior I found out something really interesting when listening to audio books. When I listen to books while driving and later listen to the same passage, I can usually remember where I was driving when I read it. The other thing is that when I listen to a book, I drive subconsciously, focus better, generally remember little about the trip but everything about the book. Can’t tell you how many times I have arrived but not wanted to get out of the car. The takeaway is that listening to books going to and from assignments is a most excellent way to “multi-task”.

    • Hi Barry, so true. The biggest pleasure and value comes FROM WHAT we read, not from ON WHAT we read. Love your comments on using the car as a ‘rolling university’ Best, Dean

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