Life Changing Books

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    May 10, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    I would like to know what books changed you lives. For me, "Conversations With God" series made a significant difference in my life. What books altered your life?
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    May 10, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    "Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle
    "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rilke
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    May 10, 2009 5:57 AM GMT
    The Tao of Pooh (Benjamin Hoff)

    The Alchemist (Paolo Coehlo)

    The Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

    The Emperor's Children (Claire Messud)

    The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

    Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson)

    The Art of Love (Ovid)

    The Art of War (Sun Tzu)

    Brothers (Da Chen) ...
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    May 10, 2009 6:04 AM GMT
    I havent read it yet, but there is buzz in a couple of forums about a book called The Secret.
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    May 10, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    The entire Sweet Pickles series.

    Little Black Sambo. I remember getting a timeout in first grade because I looked at the pictures and told the teacher that black people don't look like that. I was also convinced for a week afterward that butter came from tigers.

    Be Nice to Spiders. I stopped hunting and killing spiders when I read this one as a kid. Instead I captured them and fed them all the other bugs I caught.

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    May 10, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
    Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey. It might not be the finest literary work in the world, but it is the single novel that created my love of reading. Although English teachers had done their utmost to snuff out any possiblity of enjoying reading, Dragonsdawn made me love it.
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    May 10, 2009 6:33 AM GMT
    "The Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck
    "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav

    they're by my bed... refer to them frequently.
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    May 10, 2009 6:52 AM GMT
    The book that changed my life is "Siddharta" great book I recommend it to anyone & everyone...
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    May 10, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
    A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
    Power of Now Eckhart Tolle

    For One More Day - Mitch Albom

    Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
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    May 10, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris.

    It made me once and for all admit that the concept of Jehovah God is no less a myth than Zeus and Apollo. It also succinctly pointed out how toxic fundamentalist Christianity is.
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    May 10, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
    Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax
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    May 10, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
    At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neil
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    77 Dream Songs by John Berryman
    Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion
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    May 10, 2009 4:08 PM GMT
    "Every Step is Peace" - Thich Nhat Hanh

    "Limbo - Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams" - Alfred Lubrano

    "A Christmas Carol" - Charles Dickens

    "Our Inner Conflicts" - Karen Horney

    "Walden" - Henry David Thoraeu

    "The Joy of Cooking" - Irma Rombauer, et al

    "The Camera", "The Negative" and "The Print" - Ansel Adams

    "Life and Death in Shanghai" - Nien Cheng

    "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" - Oliver Sachs

    "Becoming Gay" - Richard Isay

    "The Velvet Rage" - Alan Downs

    "The Prince" - Niccolo Machiavelli

    "Boo Hoo" - Ernst Malmsten

    "Dead Man Walking" - Helen Prejean

    "The Culture Clash" - Jean Donaldson

    "Don't Shoot the Dog" - Karen Pryor


    I have probably left out a lot of books that altered my course in life, but these are the ones that came to mind immediately and that I re-read from time to time.
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    May 10, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    The Bible
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    May 10, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    "The Dhammapada". It contains the most essential teachings of Buddha.
  • Sparkycat

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    May 10, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    The Bible - after reading it long enough I realized what a bunch of crap it is.
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    May 10, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    Hit very close to my heart.


    http://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Assistant-Ann-Patchett/dp/0156006219
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    May 14, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    The Bible - Gives real meaning to life and answers why I'm here, ie - alive.

    Dave Hunt - A Woman Rides the Beast - Gives a historical overview of the Roman Catholic Church from the days of Constantine.

    Dave Hunt - The Cup of Trembling - Jerusalem in Biblical prophecy, the Jews, Israel, the rise of Islam and the coming Antichrist.

    Dave Hunt - Occult Invasion - A thorough scholarly discussion on Eastern Religions, Mysticism, Witchcraft, Shamanism, the Lie of Evolution, Holistic Medicine, Drugs, UFOs, Ghosts and Mary, Psychology, Occultism in the Roman Catholic Church, the Seduction of Christianity and the future rise of Antichrist.

    Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion.

    Sam Harris - Letter to a Christian Nation. ( To see both sides of the arguement.)
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    May 14, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidOne book I read years ago which really gave me some fresh perspective was A Course in Miracles. It talks a lot of guilt, forgiveness. It was pretty powerful. It's a lot of reading but it was well worth it.


    Marianne Williamson's Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. You might think of it as the Cliff notes version. Truly powerful stuff.

    Also, any of Marcus Buckingham's books on living a strengths-based life.
  • zakariahzol

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    May 14, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    1. How to stop worrying and to start living
    2. The Millionaire next door
    3. Rich dad Poor Dad
  • DanielQQ

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    May 14, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    Conversations with God- Neal Donald Walshe
    Anything by Richard Bach
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    May 14, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    I haven't read a book that hasn't changed me in some way. That's my non-answer.
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    May 17, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    jprichva saidThe Poky Little Puppy


    Ya beat me to it.

    I'd add The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet.
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    May 22, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    Bible

    Heaven & Hell - Emanual Swedenborg (highly recommended, especially for people who has lots tough questions.)
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    May 22, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
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    WONDERFUL books - last i heard you couldn't get your gay card unless you read em :p