An author also reads

As an author, I love it when people read my books, it brings a sense of meaning to what I do, it fulfills an inner purpose. Well, if we live in a universe where balance is important, it means that I should also be willing to keep on reading the works of other writers, not just for my own education and edification, but also to give encouragement back to them. With this in mind, I’ve set myself an intention to read 52 books in the space of the 52 weeks of 2019. Furthermore, I’m using my facebook to be accountable to my audience, sharing what I’m reading as I begin each new book. Not every book will fall into the personal development genre, I’ll be exploring other interests of mine as well, and sometimes reading material that really stretches my mind with radical ideas.

So, how am I doing so far?

I began my reading program a few days into the year. My first choice was “Happiness Now” by Robert Holden. The book was completed within a week, and I found many aha moment revelations with its pages. I certainly would recommend it to readers of my own writings.  Robert was also given a copy of my own “This Book is the Perfect Gift” by a mutual reader last year, so far I’ve been unable to contact him to see if he managed to spend any time with it.

During the first week of the year, I heard about “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz for the first time. Then in the space of 48 hours, three other people mentioned it. Then, as I walked into Chapters bookstore in Regina, Saskatchewan, there it was up front and center on a featured table at the entrance to the store. I figured somebody was trying to tell me something, so I bought it, and it was read within a day and a half, with even more powerful lessons being noted for my own life at this time. It truly is an amazing book.

So, today is only the 10th of January, and I am ahead of the game with two books down. So, I made the decision to dive into “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. In truth, I started reading it way back in 2009, but I only got half way through it before it was hitting away at pre-conceived beliefs I had. I put it down and did not get back to it until today. It will be very interesting to see how I respond to it this time around. I know I have changed my philosophies of life a lot in the last decade, so this book will put that notion to the test!

On top of these books, I grabbed a fresh hardback copy of “This Book is the Perfect Gift” out of my stock on January 1st, and as I advise others, I’m opening up a random vignette every day, but only writing notes on them every second day. I am loving how my own book ministers to me! How can it do this? It was written from my higher self, my connection to source. However, as with most people, I often live from my ego, my lower self. So, my own writing becomes a source of encouragement to me. I will grab a fresh copy every year, and allow the journals to keep track of my own spiritual growth too.

So, what are you reading today? I hope you are reading my book of course, but don’t read it in isolation. Read to inspire yourself, better yourself, expand your mind or challenge your long held assumptions. And for goodness sake, don’t just fill your mind with the newspapers! I say that as one who was a news reporter for six years!

Here is my reading journey so far this year in pictures. May this inspire you to be an avid reader.


Reading “Happiness Now” at Michaels coffee shop in Carlyle, Saskatchewan.


Starting “The Four Agreements” at home.


Getting into “The Power of NOW” at home.


Reading my own “This Book is the Perfect Gift” at Tim Hortons, Virden, Manitoba.


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