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Joined: 1/21/2008
Msg: 134
life altering booksPage 6 of 8    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)
The Gay Science (Nietzsche)
The Chuang Tzu (by Chuang Tzu)
Fear and Trembling (Kierkegaard)

Each has had a notable impact on me at some point or another in my life, more or less in the order presented. If you're a person of faith, I'd strongly recommend reading The Gay Science and Fear and Trembling as a test and exploration of your faith. If you're just feeling depressed for some reason or another, The Prophet and The Chuang Tzu offer vastly different philosophies/outlooks of life that help balance a person.
Joined: 1/31/2008
Msg: 137
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Posted: 2/5/2008 4:34:37 PM

What books do you credit with having given you a lasting lesson?

Scott M. Peck - The Road Less Traveled

"Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties as if life were generally easy, as if life SHOULD be easy. They voice their belief, noisily or subtly, that their difficulties represent a unique kind of affliction that should not be and that has somehow been especially visited upon them..... and not upon others....
What makes life difficult is that the process of confronting and solving problems is a painful one. Problems, depending upon their nature, evoke in us frustration or grief or sadness or loneliness or guilt or regret or anger or fear or anxiety or anguish or despair. These are uncomfortable feelings, often very uncomfortable, often as painful as any kind of physical pain. Indeed, it is BECAUSE of the pain that events or conflicts engender in us all that we call them problems. And since life poses an endless series of problems, life is always difficult and is full as pain as well as joy...... "

To be continued at your local book

Joined: 8/21/2007
Msg: 141
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Posted: 4/13/2008 6:26:09 PM
The Dictionary & Thesaurus ... use them every day & can't live without them 'cause I'm passionate about words & writing & word games like Scrabble.
Joined: 3/16/2005
Msg: 143
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Posted: 4/13/2008 11:27:44 PM
The Nancy Drew series. I learned that even in your own tree house, you are unsafe from prying eyes of neighborhood girls.

I asked for Hardy Boys.
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Joined: 1/8/2008
Msg: 145
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Posted: 4/15/2008 10:04:38 AM
from the OP:
What books do you credit with having given you a lasting lesson?

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss >> esp. the quote: "A person's a person, no matter how small." > very koool metaphor(s) for almost any hand life deals .. good, bad, and esp the nothingness of 'indifference'..

Love both those books and have reread both many times, awesome messages always changing ..

Kool thread, thanks!
Joined: 8/21/2007
Msg: 146
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Posted: 4/15/2008 10:20:47 AM
Msg. 143, 144 & 145: CL, it would appear that your the post button on your keyboard is rather sticky, hence the duplicate posts. May I suggest that you start typing with both hands instead of just one hand?
Joined: 4/22/2007
Msg: 149
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Posted: 5/8/2008 8:19:16 PM
I read the Power of Now by Eckhart and I didn't quite understand what he was getting at. Some people claim to understand it, but I think they understand it even less than I do. He seems to repeat a lot of the same ideas. Be in the moment, moment, moment, moment............ If you go to the Oprah website, you can do tutorials that go with this book according to my hairdresser.
Joined: 4/22/2007
Msg: 152
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Posted: 5/8/2008 10:05:39 PM
I find acting out Lear or Hamlet - all roles - extremely cathartic. Today, I played Gloucester and fell to the floor howling when Cornwall gouged out my eyes. However, I am open to being helped by self-help books, even though I am probably beyond help.
Joined: 6/5/2008
Msg: 154
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Posted: 7/3/2008 5:15:04 AM
I bought "New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle

I didn't get past page 3 and it sits on my headboard untouched for over a month.... SIGH
Joined: 4/12/2008
Msg: 156
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Posted: 7/3/2008 11:46:29 AM
Dr Suess, Green eggs and ham. It always reminds me of the crap that we were fed in the orphanage. I swear to gawd that to this day I can’t eat bacon or eggs cuz of that book!
Did it alter my life? Dam rights it did cause it made me understand that my parents dumped me for a bottle and that no matter what happens in the journey of life I will never have to eat green eggs and ham again!
But I will eat a green pickle!
Joined: 2/12/2009
Msg: 159
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Posted: 12/8/2009 10:30:08 PM
from Msg 138

"Descent into Madness, the Diary of a Killer"by Vernon Frolick.
ISBN is 0-88839-321-0.
Published by Hancock House. 1993

To my surprise I learned that Oros also recorded in his diaries his relationship with a hunting guide and his son. I went to school with and played with the son when we were kids.

While the book may not have been deeply life-altering for me, it has been a noteworthy and very compelling read.

Mr. Fletcher Day, the hunting guide, passed away today.

Rest In Peace.
Joined: 11/14/2009
Msg: 160
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Posted: 12/10/2009 10:45:22 AM
The Game -Neil Strauss
Joined: 12/31/2007
Msg: 162
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Posted: 10/31/2010 8:25:13 AM
women who run with the wolves......"Clarissa Pinkola"
Joined: 10/11/2010
Msg: 164
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Posted: 11/13/2010 8:54:25 PM
eat pray love a recent read and just when i needed it.
Joined: 6/29/2008
Msg: 165
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Posted: 11/14/2010 11:42:15 AM
I have had more life altering moments than I have books!
Joined: 4/20/2007
Msg: 166
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Posted: 11/15/2010 8:10:34 PM
While not "life-altering"...a really enchanting book about dogs(well...about life and so much more...)))and their relationship with a young man who could not speak is
*the story of EDGAR SAWTELLE*
BY David Wroblewski
it is an Oprah's Book Club book...
and for anyone who loves the *pictures*(visuals) the written word is able to capture, by an excellent author...
this one will *do it* for you.
happy reading
Joined: 11/9/2010
Msg: 167
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Posted: 11/30/2010 1:56:36 AM
2 I just read recently,

"Intuition" and "Compassion"

Both by OSHO

Joined: 8/2/2010
Msg: 169
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Posted: 12/15/2010 7:08:26 PM
Long ago, in a time almost forgotten ( high school ) I read a book called "The Afghan Horsemen" it opened my inexperienced eyes to the richness of cultures outside my own. More recently in a time of personal crisis I read Eckhart Tolle "A New Earth". It lead me out of my culture of ego generated insanity to a new life of awareness. What a relief.

Other books to enjoy...

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins -- the importance of breathing
Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein -- the necessity of laughter
Ringworld by Larry Niven -- the beauty of science combined with imagination
The Sinbad Voyage by Tim Severin -- the wonder of high - story

So many books to read so little time.
Joined: 2/8/2010
Msg: 170
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Posted: 1/4/2012 9:53:41 PM
i'm glad this thread was resurrected, by accident it seems,
but I find it odd....I have read quite a few of the recommendations
but the book I would choose, if I had to choose only one, is Steinbeck's Cannery Row, I re-read it every once in a while when I need it.
I will certainly be looking into the books recommended herein however

I LOVED Steinbeck when I was younger. Read and reread all of his novels so many times. East of Eden was my fave. I also do the self help thing now but can't help krislitten with any dating ones.

I have thought about doing some research and writing one myself: Dating with dignity. I would have to do lots of interviews though...which may be helpful even if I don't write the book.
Joined: 12/26/2011
Msg: 171
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Posted: 1/12/2012 4:26:17 AM
Johnathan Livingston Seagull
Joined: 5/15/2013
Msg: 172
life altering books
Posted: 7/30/2013 8:48:24 PM

Hasn't altered my life yet......Just bought the book "The Power of Now". Heard excellent reviews.
Just starting it... : )
Joined: 2/7/2011
Msg: 173
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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:53:29 AM
not life altering, but:
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Crown Publishing Group | January 24, 2012 | "

It was a good book for people who hate self help books.

Made me lose the guilt for feeling some of the ways that i do about people close to me.
Joined: 3/8/2007
Msg: 174
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Posted: 8/4/2013 10:25:38 PM
This book more than altered my life...

I was 16 and big on true crime mom gifted me a book, I couldn't even tell you the name of the book.
It was the picture on the book...Clifford Olson. He killed 11 children in B.C in the early 80's.
My sister and I excepted a ride from him...thankful to be alive.
Joined: 11/13/2012
Msg: 175
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Posted: 9/9/2013 4:30:00 PM
My life altering book was "Cujo" by Stephen King. I was 11 years old. It was the first book I read without pictures and have been addicted to reading since.
Joined: 9/7/2011
Msg: 176
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Posted: 10/2/2013 12:17:08 AM
would like to second, a little tough to me but still useful for girls
He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
Greg Behrendt (Author), Liz Tuccillo (Author)
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