Books Has A Book Ever Changed Your Life?

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  1. Dreek Lass

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    Sometimes you hear about books having changed people's lives, either for the worse or for the better. You usually hear of books changing people's lives for the better, although I have heard stories about people reading Holy books and then being inspired to kill people who are not following what they believe to be the word of God.

    In my experience, I have had a good experience with a book called The Secret. It talks about The Law Of Attraction, and about how this law works in our every day lives, and about how we receive what we believe in our every day life. I now live by this law of attraction and have seen my life turn around.

    So has a book ever changed your life?
     
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    DL, that sounds like a great book, and I would also like to read it. I have read some about the laws of attraction, and I think it is something I woul like to understand a lot better. Who wrote this book, and is it hard to find online ? I will do a check for it.
    One of the authors that has most affected my life is Og Mandino.
    He wrote a trilogy of books called the greatest Salesman, greatest Secret, and greatest Miracle in the world. They are all very uplifting I can't remember if it was the Secret or the Mirace book, but he talks about being a ragpicker (helping people) and it really helped me to see things and life differently, and to treat people better.
     
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    I've read quite a few deep books that no doubt changed the way I see life, so in that way they did change my life. But what happens is that first I am impressed, but a few weeks or months later I tend to forget things and get back to my old life...
     
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    Definitely. Or at least, at the time. I was a freshman in college and have just gotten back to novels. I read Coelho's The Alchemist and the idealistic youth blood in me jolted like a newly free bull - it made me see everything differently. I felt like I could do so much and that my purpose was of cosmic significance. Down the road, of course, after several years things changed. So I guess books are like that - they change you for a bit. But the rest is really up to you.
     
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    Paulo Coelho's books have some deep parts, but you said it all potato, books can show you the way, but the rest is really up to us. ;)
     
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    Yes! I have read the "Christy Miller" series about 4 years ago. The series has changed my life quite a lot. It is an Young Adult Christian Contemporary fiction, which has helped me to go through some hard times.
     
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    I once read a book called "It's a Kind of Funny Story". That book indeed changed my life. It helped me to really understand myself more, and opened my mind to the world. It helped me to go through some hard times, as well. The book was about a young boy in a mental hospital, suffering from depression and attempting to deal with it along with many the many other factors of his life.
     
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    I think that if I had picked up A Wind In The Door by Madeleine L'Engle earlier, then it would have changed my life, taught me how to appreciate people as complex beings in often difficult situations that can be hurtful to other people--and, from that perspective, forgive them.

    As it is, I just had influences. Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, especially the storylines that had witches in them, even though it was a fantasy-comedy it was very scientific in its philosophy. It wasn't one read from cover-to-cover and suddenly I feel like I have the whole world figured out, no, it wasn't like that. It was a slow, steeping influence that I very much appreciate.
     
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    I think a book could really change your life....I know for sure that "Looking for Alaska" John Green and "And Still I Rise" Miles Corwin changed my life. They both showed me how to grow up, accept the challenges I'm faced with in life and start dealing with them instead of blaming other people, and running from them.
     
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    I love inspirational books, they help a lot. I have a book by Mantak chia, called "Cosmic Orbit, connecting to the universe from within." It's a great book dealing with internal arts, Tai, Chi, Chi kung.
     
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    It's kind of weird, and although it may not have changed my life, the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People had a huge impact on me. Before, I had never really thought of the idea that what was done was done, and that you could only plan for the future. After I read it, I realized that I needed to start looking back without regrets, and really live, without always thinking about what I could have done differently.
    It sounds super cliche, but it changed my way of thinking tremendously.
     
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    When I was younger, I didn't like to read all that much. I only did what was required of me just to pass some classes.

    However, my love for reading was sparked when I was in 6th grade and read Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. This opened me to a whole new world of literature and adventure, as well as my love of vampires, I've traveled into the worlds of the characters and experienced their adventures; just by reading about it in the pages of a book.

    Years later, I still look back fondly at the days where I had time to read and I'm grateful for them.
     
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    I am still waiting the book that can change my life. I don't like reading, so I don't really know many books. However, I like watching movies and there are some movies that actually change my life!!
     
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    Im not sure in what context a book can change your life, however a lot of books can definitely impact us, make us think (even for a little while), inspire, teach, reflect, feel emotion, give us obsessions, focus, motivate us, move us, transport us.
    Books that have done this for me are "The way of the peaceful warrier" by Dan Millman because of its spiritual nature and magic. The other book is "The Outsiders" by SE Hinton. Written by a teenager back in the 60's, I read this at school and became so attached to the book that I used the names of characters for various things throughout my life. It also introduced me to Robert Frosts poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay". It taught me about divides, culture, perception, opportunities, hardship, family, and what is really important.
    There is a good book I read a few years ago that looks at this very thing. Its called "The Child that Books Built" by Francis Spufford. It is about the books that we might all of read when we were younger and the impact it has on us. From Winney the Pooh to The Hobbit etc. Worth a read.
     
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    I loved the book The Secret. I even watched the documentary on it. But a book that has changed my life is called The Giver by Lois Lowry. it has been my favourite book since I was in 5th grade. It's amazing because every time I read that book, I always learn something new and I've read it more than 10 times already. It was a book that made me have a completely different perspective in life and it was a reminder for me to appreciate the small in things in life and to cherish all the wonderful moments that life has to offer. It is a quick read. I had great expectations of the movie that recently came out but boy was I disappointed. Since this book is so close to my heart, I had high expectations obviously but I felt that they failed to capture the true essence of the book and made it into an action movie instead. What a bummer!
     
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    The book that changed my life is not a fiction title. Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking helped me quit for good and I'd recommend it to anyone. That book really did change my life for the better.
     
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    I am an avid reader and have read so many books that it is hard to pick just one that has had a significant effect on my life. I had to really think about this and I have decided that perhaps one of the most life changing books has been T Lobsang Rampa You Forever. The book is about Tibetan belief as far as the soul and the psyche is concerned. It is a very interesting read and made me think more about the things in my own being that could benefit from the types of introspection that was discussed. The first time I read it was back in the early 70's. It changed how I perceived myself spiritually.

    The next choice would probably be Carl Jung Man and His Symbols- what a great book for helping me to make sense out of some of the traditions and repetitive images and customs that are so pervasive in todays society. Having a career where I work with people from all walks of life, I needed something that would help me understand if there were any constants that transcended gender, age, race and customs. Carl Jung thought that whole idea thru. A great read, a bit dry... but if you read it more like a text book it is very understandable.
     

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