• As 2018 comes to an end and the festive season shopping kicks in, books may be the perfect gift to buy or recommend.
  • Books come packed with new knowledge, insights into a happy life, life lessons, love, fear, prayer and helpful advice.
  • Here are just some of Hope Murera's best books that she enjoys reading over and over again and decorates her office bookshelf.

They say that “When you open a book, you open a new world.”

Books come packed with new knowledge, insights into a happy life, life lessons, love, fear, prayer and helpful advice.

As 2018 comes to an end and the festive season shopping kicks in, books may be the perfect gift to buy or recommend as it offers a chance to reflect and perhaps gain some insights on how to make 2019 better.

Business Insider SSA, had a Chat with Hope Murera, CEO and Managing Director at Zep-Re (PTA Reinsurance Company).

This interview is part of 'The CEO Series' in partnership with The Africa CEO Forum. Learn more about the event here.

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ZEP-RE is a specialised institution of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa created under charter. The Company is currently headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

Hope Murera, CEO and Managing Director at Zep-Re (PTA Reinsurance Company).

 Mrs Murera is a confessed book addict and uses every opportunity she can get to read.

She is a lawyer by training and formerly served as Managing Director of SONARWA of Rwanda and has over 20 years working experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry.

Here are just some of her best books she enjoys reading over and over again and decorates her office bookshelf.

Built to Last and Good to Great

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins, Jerry I Porras

Hope says this is the book you need to grab this festive season as you quietly while away time and reflect on 2018.

Written by celebrated American author and lecturer, Jim C. Collins the book explores issues business executives, budding entrepreneurs’ and managers grapple with on daily basis. 

“What is the differentiator between great companies and just good companies? Or better still over hundreds of years why do some companies last and others don’t, these are books i read all the time,”

Good to Great by Jim Collins

By the time you get to the last chapter, Hope says you would have gained a good grasp on the subject of company sustainability and growth.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Book Cover

Considered one of world's top leadership experts having sold more than 15 million books across 96 plus nations, including authoring some of the world’s bestsellers such as ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,” one can never go wrong by purchasing any of Robin Sharma’s books.

Whenever she wants to get a better understanding about life and society in general Hope says Robin Sharma is always an arm’s length.

“I love Sharma I have most of his books from the monk who sold his Ferrari to who will cry when you die and I have to say they are timepieces, I really enjoyed them a lot and its kinds of grounds you,”

Sharma’s book ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’

Sharma’s book ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’ is another great insightful read.

Robin Sharma is considered to be one of the top 5 leadership experts in the world. His work is embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires and many celebrity CEOs.

Joyce Meyer books

Joyce Meyer books

Running a successful regional organisation with regional offices in Harare, Zimbabwe; Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire; Douala, Cameroon; Lusaka, Zambia and a Retakaful Window in Khartoum, Sudan, is never a walk in the park and there are ups and down and twists and turns which can put off faint-hearted people.

Whenever Hope hits such bumpy moments, she normally turns to Joyce Meyer for inspiration.

I also read Joyce Meyer and I like her approach to life and the positivity around everything we do so I read widely,”

Hope Murera, CEO and Managing Director at Zep-Re (PTA Reinsurance Company).

Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

She is the author of over 70 self-help books, including 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life. Her books have sold over 20 million copies in total. She was named one of Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in 2005.

John Grisham books

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Nothing can turn a slow dull day faster than flipping through one of John Grisham’s books.

An American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers, John Ray Grisham Jr. has won fans world over including one Hope Murera.

I love John Grisham maybe because I have a legal background so I am naturally attracted to his books but anyone can enjoy any novel by John Grisham because it’s very captivating,

A time to kill book cover

Some of his popular legal thrillers include; A time to Kill, The Roaster Bar, Skipping Christmas, The Reckoning, Camino Island, Rogue Lawyer and The broker to mentioned just a few.

Books on Emotional intelligence

Hope Murera, CEO and Managing Director at Zep-Re (PTA Reinsurance Company).

Being the CEO of one the largest regional organisations requires more than your average intellectual ability (IQ) to pull it off.

A fact Hope is more than alive to and goes out of her way to nurture and grow her emotional intelligence so as to ensures she enjoys professional success and mutually rewarding personal relationships.

ZEP-RE (PTA Reinsurance Company) towers in Nairobi,Kenya.

Overtime experts have successfully argued emotional intelligence (EQ) matters just as much as your intellectual ability (IQ) – if not more.

“I love reading books covering emotional intelligence because it is no longer just knowing stuff but how you are relating with people.”