By Ron Smith
Ron: Why do you read so much?Jon: Dallas Seminary Professor, Howard Hendricks revolutionized my life by stating that the person I will be 5 years from now is based on two things: the books I read and the people I spend time with.Ron: What are you reading right now?Jon: “The Pleasures of God” by John Piper and the Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes.Ron: Describe Your reading program.Jon: I read a book a week. I began in 2001 reading a book a month but quickly moved to a book a week. I read everyday 30 minutes to an hour a day. I keep detailed records of what I read [see his reading lists from 2001 to 2008]. 1/3 are re-reads every year. Some are planned re-reads, some are not planned re-reads. I look for personal growth needs and read there. I find an area of interest and ask for recommendations from people I trust and then start reading.Ron: Has this helped your preaching and teaching?Jon: YesRon: Who is your favorite author?Jon: C.S. LewisRon: Where is the oddest place you have spent time reading?Jon: On boat on Lake Victoria in Uganda read, “Where there is No Doctor”
Ron: Why do you read so much?Don: I love to learn. I become stagnant if I don’t constantly read. Howard Hendricks stated that who I will be in 5 years is dependent on the books I read and the people I associate with.Ron: What are you reading right now?Don: Malcolm Gladwell, ,”Blink”.Ron: How do you do your reading?Don: I usually have a book with me in case someone is late to speak with me. I usually have a plan and read a lot late at night. I read at stop lights. I took the Evelyn Wood, Speed Reading Dynamics course many years ago which helped.Ron: How much do you read?Don: It is hard to say. Some weeks, 3 large books in a week [although, last week I read nothing]. If I have a long trip to the United States, I will read 4 or 5 books in a week.Ron: When did you start reading seriously.Don: When I got saved.Ron: What is the oddest place you have spent time reading?Don: While driving my car.Ron: Has it helped your preaching and teaching?Don: Yes, more than anything else if you include Bible reading.Ron: Who is your favorite author?Don: Wow, that is tough. Malcolm Gladwell and Patrick LencioniRon: Wow, that is 2 secular authorsRon: Any advice for us?Don: Yes, read more.