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By Tiffany A. Dedeaux

Reading is a way to get outside your box. I read to learn, to be inspired, and sometimes – like with TV – to distract me from my life. It expands my world and my understanding. In researching Logos Bible Software Co-Founder and CEO Bob Pritchett and reading Fire Someone Today, I found out that he challenges his employees to read and will put his money where his mouth is: by sharing his library and paying his staff to read from his list of suggestions.

I have already been eyeing various Village Books Book Groups but the times haven’t work out, I haven’t been interested in particular books, or I just felt too busy. The thing is I am always reading. I want to read more. I am rebellious enough that I don’t just want to read what someone tells me to read (I’m not in school anymore), but really it’s more that I have come to understand that ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears’ so when I’m inspired to read a book, it may not be when the others in my circle are inspired to read it.

Case in point, I read Wild quite likely two years after everyone in Oprah’s book club. So how do you get together and encourage a love of reading? I started a Reading/Book club. I figure we can all read what we want – under the theme of personal growth and career satisfaction – and get together to talk about it. This is still a way of holding ourselves accountable to expand our world beyond the walls of our box.

What are you currently reading?

Suggested Reading:

Fire Someone Today: And Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Women Who Run with the Wolves

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