Such a great question. Made me think, and brought back so many memories. The answer is YES....and for me, the list is long, but I will narrow it to just a few books that came into my life at pivotal moments when I was either at a crossroad, or was searching for an answer of some sort.
Many years ago I discovered the writings of Og Mandino. He wrote such books as The Greatest Miracle in the World,The Greatest Secret in the World, The Return of the Ragpicker, The Christ Commission, and many others.....I read them all. His books brought inspiration, peace, and motivation to me when I was struggling through so many difficult things.
At another crossroad---I read the book God on a Harley by Joan Brady. It helped me make a decision I was desperately trying to make.....and not make a mistake. This book is not for everyone, but I still remember the day I found it in a Target store.....it fell on the floor in front of me as I was passing through the book shelf aisle.....think about that for a moment....LOL
Then there was a book I was reading for pure entertainment. The book titled Mama was written by Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back). It was one of her earlier books that went unheard of until the "Stella" book became famous. I read it way back before.....the book is about a struggling poverty stricken mother, Mildred Peacock, who was on welfare. Two scenes from the book that stayed with me (1) Mildred talking about her love for her children as she was combing her oldest daughter's hair (2) a conversation she had with God when stranded in the snow (it was not a nice conversation, but honest). This book changed what I thought I knew about women on welfare. Mildred did not want to be, but life just kept kicking her down....but she loved and protected her children.
And most recently.....A Course in Miracles. It's message was what I needed to get me to my personal "next level".
Thanks for asking this one. I think it is time for great lesson....I am seeking.