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Five Life Changing Books

Updated on August 16, 2016
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Reading has always been a great love...i started to really enjoy books for the sheer pleasure when i began picking up my grandmothers book club books...left lying beside her bed or in the living on the side tables...i would spend hours sitting with feet under me in an over sized armchair...i was well into my teens by this time...nowhere to go and time on my hands...i began devouring book after book...reading became a form of healing therapy...it became a companion that i could count on...i would lose hours...only lifting my head to smell something cooking in the kitchen or to listen to some raucous argument happening in the basement where my uncles spent most of their time tinkering with their DJ equipment...this is how it began...

Many years passed and many different tastes in books came and went...but i can remember it like it was yesterday...i came across the book "The Road Less Traveled"...i was living in NYC by this time...spending days on end by myself combing the bookstores for something that could fill the emptiness that swallowed me whole...i can't tell you how i came to read the book...i believe that books find you...you don't find them...like when the student is ready the teacher will appear type of thing...there were so many topics in the book that stirred my senses and as i read more... the emptiness i felt began making sense...the empty began to fill up...and questions found a few answers...i was on the right path...

The Alchemist was next...i was out of work and living in NJ at the time...i really really didn't like living there and everything in my life felt heavy...then another book found me...i think i might have read it in one sitting...(i can also say that all of Paulo Coehlos' books have left indelible impressions on me)...anyway when The Alchemist found me i was still searching outside of myself for answers...after reading the book i would find a few of the answers i was searching for both in the book and in my heart...i would come to find comfort in Paulo Coehlos words...words that i bought in the paper back version of The Alchemist from a street vendor on 6th avenue just below 23rd street...NYC...with a sandwich bag full of dimes i carried with me that particular day...purposely...to buy myself a book...

I was back on my feet and working as a personal trainer and living a pretty carefree life by the time "Conversations with God" found me...it lifted me on high and made me think of things i had never, up until that point, even considered part of my thought process...my connection to the whole was awakening...my soul found expression in my everyday...i was moving through the pain of life like a surfer gliding across a wave on the ocean...Conversations with God opened me up to the concept of truth both universal and individual...yes i was connected...for the first time...to something grander than physical existence...

"The Master Key System" found me easily...it was a gift to my husband from a friend of his...it sat on the book shelf for quite sometime before it whispered to me that it needed my attention...i have read the book several times...i keep a copy on my i-phone...The Master Key System took me on a journey even further into myself and the concept of being more than just human...it guided me toward the concept that my life is created by me...

And finally... "The Game of Life and How to Play It" actually found me...playing in the game of life...this book and all of Florence Scovel Shinns books acted like my life coach...keeping me strong, positive and open to a powerful existence...

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There are many more than five books that have nudged me to reach higher...challenging me to become more in tune with the source...The above mentioned five books have led me to so many more...and for that i am grateful...reading inspires writing...reading is a true treasure...writers are a gift...and life is a journey with books as signposts along the way...

At every turn and with every book...i find more revelation about both the inner and outer world...the physical and the spiritual...as if best friends...both worlds collide in some of the best writing...reading and writing make me happy and fill part of my day with so much energy and creativity...

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      Karen Gibson Roc 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      @kiarawieck thanks for stopping by to read!! Have a try blessed day!!

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Thanks for the good ideas... I am a huge fan of The Alchemist. It changed my life too, many years ago. It's a wonderful story and it has a great lesson that all of us should live by.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @Treasuresofheaven..thanks so much for your comment and for checking out my hubs!!! i will be sure to visit your hubs for a read..thanks again..peace and light..k

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hi karengibsonroc, I sure do like your writing - it speaks to the soul. Welcome to HubPages! I am familiar with a couple books on your list. Thanks for the share.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @Monisajda thanks for sharing!! Peace and

      Light 2 u!

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      Monisajda 6 years ago from my heart

      Alchemist changed my life in a huge way. And like you, I had to stop that day at a bookstore and pull this one from hundreds of other books and buy it. I read it at once and made a decision that changed my life. I read all but one Coehlo's books and loved them (I didn't like "Veronika decides to die").

      I read "Conversations" too and liked it a lot.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks!! For reading!! Would be interested to know your five books!! Have a great evening!!!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Great books! It's making me think what are my most favorite books. Thanks

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I look forward to reading ur hub!! Would love to be directed to read something new!!! Have a great day!!!

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks so much for reading!! I will visit ur hubs for a read!!! Have a great day!!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thank you for sharing the five books that changed your life. I have been thinking about writing a similar hub about books as well. Your article has prompted me to think seriously about it.

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      Books do and can change ones life...I'm one that have been changed by a book... so I know from where you are talking/writing. Great hub. Thanks for sharing a little part of you.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for reading!! I look forward to reading ur hubs... Have a great evening!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Excellent article. I have read three of those and now I see I need to read the other two books.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Awesome!! Thanks for reading my hub!! I look forward to visiting your hubs and reading!! Have a great day!!!

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Awesome hub.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Respect

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. We have similar taste in reading. I'd say you've been influenced by some excellent books.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks so much!!! Have a blessed day!!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Excellent hub, enjoyable read. Thanks!

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