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Read for Your Life: 11 Ways to Better Yourself Through Books

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Pat Williams reminds us that reading can transform our lives. But for that to happen we have to turn off the TV and pick up the book. Books give us information, remind us we're human, and above all challenge our imagination. Pat Williams encourages people not to take this gift for granted.
Have you ever thought, 'I need to read more,' but not known how or where to start? Yo
Paperback, 311 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Hci
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Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's hard to decide what I think about this book. At times I found it very repetitive and not that well laid out. At times it was simply stating the obvious. Yet I came away from reading it more determined to make reading more and more a part of my life, and, more importantly, to encourage others to do the same -- which was really the point of this book. Filled with dozens of inspirational quotes, reading suggestions, and speed reading tips. Lots of quotes from academics and some surprising stat ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had been meaning to read this book ever since I first heard about it back in high school when I was involved with Student Leadership University (Williams mentions this organization in the book). I'd consider myself somewhat of a bibliophile, so you should know that from the get go I was really looking forward to reading this book.

First off, let me point out what worked well for this book. Never before have I read a book that has encouraged me and motivated me to have a genuine desire to make
Christine Edwards
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book. I wish that this was required reading for schools. For everyone in the school - administrators, students, teachers. I wish there were a way to require parents to read this, and then maybe more parents would be motivated to read to their children. It's such a privilege, to be able to read, and it's something that our culture is losing. I really appreciated the stories, quotes, and perspectives offered in this and feel it could relate to so many and reach so many. If you ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was Nothing New

Not quite sure about the audience this book was intended for. The same thing could have been written in a 10 page pamphlet not a long and boring book. The same material was covered over and over and over again. Had the read of cross between " The four arguments for the abolishment of TV" and "How to read a book." If you are a reader you already know the information in this book. If you aren't you wouldn't pick it up anyway. I'd borrow it from someone or find it at a library and no
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Retired jocks
Written by a jock for jocks. This was basically a collection of quotes and stories about books and reading from/about athletes and conservative Christians that just became repetitious. Not for the serious reader- in other words, most people on Goodreads. It was okay, but the only thing I got out of it was an overview of some speed-reading techniques and some ideas on how to plan and structure my reading time a little more - something I'd been working toward anyway. ...more
Matthew Croswhite
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life-changing. Not in a, "I know myself so much better now" way. More like, "Wow. Ok. Challenge issued, received, and accepted!" ...more
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Excellent book about the necessity to teach our kids to enjoy reading and how it can impact their lives as well as our own. I appreciated the messages here.
Rachel B
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

The message in this book is a good one, but somewhat repetitive. I think this book could have been cut in half, page-wise, and been more dynamic for it.

I did like that Williams incorporated his Christian faith into the book naturally, referencing God and including thoughts from Christian authors, without being overly preachy.

There were also many quotes about reading, which I always love.
Carlos Manalo
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is good to read to handle your procrastination in reading books!!
Erin Boyington
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-on-books
Motivational speaker and NBA sports executive Pat Williams focuses on the many great reasons to incorporate reading into your life.

I'm gonna stoop to snobbery in this review - be warned. I think this book could have been half as long and much better-written. It's basically a collection of quotations strung together by a web of exhortations. Williams often quotes literacy research from hard-hitting sources such as PARADE Magazine and Oprah Winfrey.

This book was definitely cobbled together by an e
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Dawn by: Found on shelf at Borders
I got this book at Borders with my husband, mainly because he proposed, "I'll let you get your book if I can get mine..." It wasn't the best written book (the author was very redundant), but it was encouraging. Pat Williams challenges people whenever he speaks (he's well-known in the sports arena) to commit to a goal of reading from a book at least one hour ever day for the rest of their lives. He said even if your read an average 250 word-per-minute, you'd complete a 200 page book each week. He ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Makeda by: School
I really enjoyed reading this book. Pat Williams offered great information and tips on reading. One of the things that I liked most about this book was the quotes that were included. I feel like this is a great add to my library because it if full of resources on reading. He also adds practical tips for maintaining a life of reading. More than he encourages us to read, he motivates us to become a life long learner if we are not already one.

Overall, I think that everyone should sit down to read
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Being a member of Goodreads I am aware that many people love to read and talk about what they read. Pat William, however, in his book, Read for Your Life has written a book for people who can’t read, won’t read, or figure that they are too busy to read. Those are the majority of the U. S. Population. Pat Williams has written a great book for those who are dragging their feel? They ask why should I read? They also ask why should we be concerned with literacy training or early childhood education ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
The title is a bit boring and wouldn't have attracted me but I received an autographed copy in the mail. Besides, a book for adults who don't like to read, isn't a book adults would naturally pick up and read. However, inside is a delightful collection of quotes, inspirational stories, sound advice, and practical ideas.
I shouldn't have judged this book by its cover (my bad) because it's truly a treasure and one I'll refer to again and again.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you need to get your batteries recharged when it comes to your reading life...this is a good book. The author's enthusiasm is infectious. You find yourself saying, "if this guy can read this many books, I can do the same or better." ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great thoughts about getting people to read.
Cát Tường
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Dont waste time on this book.
Mar 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Encouraging and motivational mind candy aimed at those who don't like to read much. Contains some good quotes on the subject of reading. ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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Don (The Book Guy)
Good points, but repetitious.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book,and it inspired me to become an avid reader. I am going to try to read an hour a day.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It left me motivated to become a reader, so it accomplished its purpose. This is a great book to give as a gift that can change a person's life. ...more
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