When I am asked to speak about the books that have influenced my life, I would say – my Bible and a host of inspirational/ leadership books.

Why these selections? You see, my Bible is more than a Book I read only because I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour (that’s a major reason) – it amazingly goes beyond this major why. It is also the Book I study to draw courage to go through life. For example, when I read the story of how David killed Goliath, while he was yet a teenager, I realize I am way older not too young to conquer my dreams.

The Bible

Now, to a host of leadership/ inspirational books; I have a lot of these books I read through the years. I basically grew up in the Library, spent at least three days in a week in the Spiritual and Leadership Development (SLD) segment of the Covenant University Library during my first-degree study (this capacity building story created chapter 1 of my book). My point is, reading those books blessed me beyond measure for years that will still come by God’s grace.

I remember picking up a particular book while I was a teenager titled, ‘Soaring with Eagles’ by Bill Newman; my Father bought a copy each for my siblings and I. He did this to help us model success right from a young age. Do you know that the Eagle is an extraordinary bird? (You can read the book too). A certain nugget that stayed with me from the pages of the book was the concept of ‘Renewal’ – it explained how the eagle sheds its feather and dead external parts after a number of years and then waits for healing and new growth – it then soars into the skies with renewed strength.

It is what the scripture says in Isaiah 40 verse 31…

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV).

That blessed me and stayed with me because when I get worn out in life from the challenges and stress of years, I can renew my strength like an eagle. It’s amazing!



Final Note:

Do you need renewal this New Year? You should totally pray for one, heal, grow anew and then soar into the dream skies with renewed strength in Jesus Name. Amen!



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