What book has had the largest impact on your life?

  • metta

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    May 15, 2009 6:38 AM GMT
    For me, there would probably be 2:

    1. Meditiatons on First Philosophy by Descartes. I read this my first year of college. It was the first time I lived away from home. My father was dying of cancer at the time. It was not the best time for me to be reading it, but it was a required read for my Humanities class at UCI. Anyways, if you have not read this book, it tries to prove that God exists through fact and it did the opposite for me. I was questioning everything that I had learned since childhood, coming from a very religious background. I just could not get past imagination. The whole thing, in regards to religion, started to fall apart from there.


    2. Diet For A New America by John Robbins. I became a vegetarian because of this book.

    So both of these books really did have major impacts on my life in what I believe and how I live my daily life.


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    May 15, 2009 7:00 AM GMT
    The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

    The God Delusion put onto paper thoughts and feelings I've had since I was in high school. It was really empowering to read and even more empowering since it's written from the perspective of a fellow scientist.
  • metalxracr

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    May 15, 2009 9:01 AM GMT
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    This book really hit me hard while I was in high school just developing my own perspective in life and getting into philosophy. It made me analyze myself and those who surrounded me for a long time in every aspect. It even influenced my style of writing. It still does now, but not as much. There are other books similar to this that contributed to my ways of thinking, but this one was one of my favs.
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    May 15, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
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    This book has sadly had the most impact on my life...
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    May 15, 2009 10:36 AM GMT
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    May 15, 2009 11:18 AM GMT
    The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo

    I was given this book while travelling and it resonated with my life at the time. Whenever I am feeling like times are a bit tough, I always pull it out and read it to put things back in perspective.

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  • steven_patter...

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    May 15, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    ANOTHER COUNTRY by James Baldwin
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    May 15, 2009 12:40 PM GMT
    The Big Book.....

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    May 15, 2009 1:22 PM GMT
    There are many books that have influenced my life; these are my top two.

    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    2. 1984 by George Orwell
  • irishboxers

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    May 15, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham changed the course of my life for the better, both personally and professionally. I recommend any of Buckingham's books.
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    May 15, 2009 1:35 PM GMT
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    May 15, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
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    Through the fact of living in a society which has been shaped by it. Sadly the impact has been more negative than positive.

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  • Sayrnas

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    May 15, 2009 1:47 PM GMT
    ...Angels & Demons. icon_confused.gif Don't judge me, I read it WAY before this damn movie.
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    May 15, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    There are several really,

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    The Bible not for the reason you may think-It has everything you every wanted. Murder, Betrayal,War, you name it's in there.
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    May 15, 2009 1:56 PM GMT
    "Stranger In A Strange Land" by Robert A Heinlein
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    May 15, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
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    made me a religious man
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    May 15, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
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    For me too, this book had a largely negative impact on my life til something else happened.

    Like that time when I was a kid and woke up one morning suddenly able to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, I saw the book was full of writers contradicting each other and at odds with the messages love and acceptance peppered throughout it. It became a game to find the heart and feeling of the text, to see how human prejudice and judgemental attitudes embellished, twisted and contaminated simple truths contained in some of the pages.

    One day it occurred to me that if the writers could interpret what so and so said hundreds of years after their deaths, if clergy selected by a church could be 'authorized' to tell followers what this or that means, if translators could argue for years over a word and decide which one, belittling or inspiring should be used then so could I, for myself. The sky felt like it had opened up and the my little universe abruptly became huge and unfathomable. How could anyone or anything contain or put limits on the endless possibility and creativity of existence?

    I realized that the book that I had been taught had been written to reach all the people all the time, in truth reached some of the people some off the time.

    Why, I was supposed to read it and come away with only what resonated for me, just as another seeking a stern, cold and implacable god, impatient of worthless man, waiting to strike him down in his sin could find that right in the same book!

    The book was like a gun or another weapon, dangerous and destructive to others depending on who was wielding it.


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    May 15, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    Sayrnas said...Angels & Demons. icon_confused.gif Don't judge me, I read it WAY before this damn movie.


    Marry me? haha I love that book!!
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    May 15, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients
    by Bernie S. Siegel

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    May 15, 2009 6:21 PM GMT
    Oddly enough, it has to be The Epic of Gilgamesh, which also happens to be the oldest known work of literature on the planet.

    It asks some very fundamental questions concerning the human condition, the most essential of which is, in effect, "Why can't things work out the way I want?" Basically the same question asked throughout human history by many, from the author of The Book of Job to Jack Kerouac's The Subterraneans to the original Star Trek series.

    The answer Gilgamesh provides, which I find the most satisfying of any, is this: You'll never get everything you want. That's just the way it is. So, instead of wasting your life worrying about things you can't have, just live and enjoy all the things you can have.

    Wow. Five thousand years later, most of us still haven't figured that out yet.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    May 15, 2009 6:21 PM GMT
    When I was 19, I read this book and met the author in Harvard Square, Cambridge MA. after seeing him and his wife Mimi Baez, sister of famous 60s folk legend, Joan Baez perform at the infamous "Club 47"
    Talking with him and Mimi changed my life... I decided that night to ride my Triumph T-110 motorcycle out to California to live there which I did. Richard himself died in a motorcycle wreck in a few months.

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    In High School reading "Catcher in the Rye"
    and later "Stranger In A Strange Land" by Robert A Heinlein had great influence on me as well.
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    May 15, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
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    I was dragging and agonizing working in Corporate 9 to 5 Hell. Actually Sunday evenings were my worse cause I knew what Monday would bring.

    I went into the book store just to browse with no set agenda and came across this book (I think it called out to me from the book shelf). I read it in 2 weeks - a record as I don't usually have time to read a whole book - and it reaffirmed my desire to be an entreprenuer.

    So I took the plunge and 8 months later I have no regrets just challenges on growing the business.
  • thisguy023

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    May 15, 2009 7:43 PM GMT

    "The Social Animal" by Elliot Aronson.
    It made me decide to become a Psychologist.
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    May 15, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    When I knew.
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    May 15, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
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