Books you read that changed your life?

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Maurice Korvo Profile
Maurice Korvo answered

Short Stories by Stephen Vincent Benet   

Those short stories made me get an interest in history and comedy. This opened my eyes to what has gone on in the past and is going on now. 

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15 Dogs by Andre Alexis. ( not life changing but life enhancing )

Chicken noodle soup for the soul is another great book to have on your book bucket list.

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Love that "chicken noodle soup for the soul". That's brilliant, RM, and very apt.
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Thank you. In all actuality , the book that changed my life was probably an elementary abc book that taught me how to read :) That and a dictionary.
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Thrice Gotcha answered

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Some are obvious, some less so.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis is a series of letters from the head of a department in the lowerarchy of Hell to a journeyman tempter on Earth. If you take out the obvious religious references and look at the psychological implications, it's a wonderful resource in understanding the way your own mind works, and can play tricks on you.

But better than that, and one that has brought joy to my life for more than half a century is The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. I don't know of any writer who has ever found the balance between the mundane and the spiritual nearly as well as Omar.

Best of all? You might laugh but it's Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. It's the inspiring story of the underdog who didn't quite give up and who discovered, in time, that it wasn't an underdog at all. It's a lovely parable and a great motivator.

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I knew the bitterness angle but not the frequency. And, since I failed to mention it in my answer, "Wormwood" was the name of Screwtape's junior tempter on earth. Clearly you knew that but others may wonder at the reference. (If I remember correctly, and it's at least 55 years since I read the book, Screwtape was Wormwood's uncle. Not a very loving uncle, as it happened.)
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Tom Jackson commented
True. My oldest boy and I saw "The Screwtape Letters" as a one man play here in TX 3 years ago.

The performer came out afterwards and took questions from the audience regarding his approach to interpreting the play. As you mention, he was not a loving uncle.

I read it when I was 17---senior year in high school. Amusingly (as I look back on my life and see how much enjoyment I have gotten from his writings) I chose it from the senior book list, but the list was for the previous senior class and was not approved for the current year. The teacher gave me credit for doing so however, presumably because it was an honest mistake.

(The book was reprinted eight times in 1942 alone. Contemporary reviewers wrote that “Lewis is in earnest with his belief in devils, and as anxious to unmask their strategy against souls as our intelligence department to detect the designs of Hitler” ----From: https://www.cslewis.com/images/ckfinder/642/pdfs/TheScrewtapeLetters.pdf in the Introduction)
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I often quote Lewis -- he certainly had his ideas down pat -- but I share few of his views. He was a dreadful old bigot.
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A big book

ly fen chen Profile
ly fen chen answered

It could change my life or it has changed my life, as some of them are so interesting that I have read several times, specially the ones of inspiring, they made my life changed since then.

Matt Radiance Profile
Matt Radiance answered

Animal Farm - George Orwell

1984 -George Orwell

Why I'm not a Christian - Bertrand Russel.

(Not changed my life so strongly but changed so many perspectives and outlooks)

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Shabouchy Aqua answered

By far, God's Word, the Bible is the best and most influential book that I've ever read. Isaiah 48:17, 18 "I, Jehovah, am your God, The One teaching you to benefit yourself, The One guiding you in the way you should walk. If only you would pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea." At first glance, they may appear to be just words, but I've experienced the truthfulness of such words. God's Word has been serving as a guide in my life for decades and as such I have truly come to appreciate that the best possible results I have had and can expect to have in any given situation comes as a result of doing things the way God's Word, the Bible, instructs.

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Rizwan Younis answered

Yes too some instant it will change your life because what ever you read in the books you want to implement that in your life.

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