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Top 15 Influential Books - Personalized

  1. Ken R. Abell profile image81
    Ken R. Abellposted 8 years ago

    Here's an exercise that was interesting because it took me down memory lane & was actually fun as I thought it through. 

    In order of influence and/or importance to my development as a reasonably functionally dysfunctional human being, here's my top 15:

    1. The Bible, inspired by God
    2. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
    3. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
    4. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
    7. Bendigo Shafter by Louis L'Armour
    8. Centennial by James Michener
    9. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    10. Lincoln by Gore Vidal
    11. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
    12. Kingdoms In Conflict by Chuck Colson
    13. Celebration Of Discipline by Richard Foster
    14. Waking The Dead by John Eldredge
    15. Blood & Thunder by Hampton Sides

    What are your top 15 influential books?

  2. christinecook profile image57
    christinecookposted 8 years ago

    The Three Battlegrounds
    Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God
    Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    Brother Lawrence Practice The Presence of God
    The World of Hildegard of Bingen: Her Life, Time, and Visions
    The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
    A History of Money and Banking in the United States
    Countdown to the Apocalypse
    Francis and Clare
    Gods fool,the life of St Francis
    The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
    Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life: The Pope I Knew So Well
    Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

    Some of the most inspirational of these books,for me,were the most simple. Mother Teresa and her pure love and reliance on Jesus. Brother Lawrence and the simplicity of his faith. Thanks for reminding me!

  3. mrcoopr2010 profile image61
    mrcoopr2010posted 8 years ago

    1. The Bible
    2. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
    3. Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz
    4. Do You! by Russell Simmons
    5. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
    6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
    7. Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story by Ray Charles and David Ritz
    8. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
    9. Time Tactics of Very Successful People
    10. The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
    11. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
    12. Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur by Michael Eric Dyson
    13. Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday with Bill Dufty
    14. Revelations: There's A Light After the Lime by Pastor Mason "Mase" Betha and Karen Hunter
    15. Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones by Quincy Jones

  4. Christopher Floyd profile image58
    Christopher Floydposted 8 years ago

    In no particular order, and without fear of having duplicated someone else's selections...

    1) Les Miserable
    2) Catch -22
    3) For Whom The Bell Tolls
    4) Julius Caesar (biography which I loaned to a friend and now cannot name the author.)
    5) The Bible
    6) The illustrated Man
    7) The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (I cheat.)
    8) The Godfather
    9) Animal Farm
    10) Essays and Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson
    11) The Hot Gates
    12) Pale Horse Coming
    13) Leaves of Grass
    14) Atlas Shrugged
    15) The Little Blue Handmade Book of Poems Alayne Fenasci wrote and gave me.

  5. salt profile image73
    saltposted 8 years ago

    1.Grapes of Wrath re current gm food
    2. A short history of australia by manning clark - its relevance and for developing my interest in australian history and culture beyond the high school text book.
    3.The man who planted trees - in an edited selection of short stories that I used to read in the outback..
    4.Songlines - re aboriginal songlines and the first real understanding of what we call their nomadic lifestyle.
    5.Grandmothers writing about great great uncle and overland telegraph that lead me to learn more about family history
    6.Hamlet - I had a medical skull on my desk when I studied called Yorick - who kept me company through my final yr of school
    7.to kill a mockingbird
    8.the diary of anna frank
    9.Dibs in search of self
    10.the bible
    11. My place - about aboriginal life/Long walk to freedom - Mandela
    12. The outsider by Camus - My final year literature book
    13. Simone de Bourviuor and the second sex,
    14. Waltzing matilda by banjo patterson
    15. Dr Seuss and the Cat in the Hat - as a child it was loved by myself and my brother, as it described our behavior some days.. and as an adult due to the links to the environment lobby.

    I have to add these and I think the numbering changes depending on the life moment...
    White noise and
    Germaine Greet the female Eunech.. which really did along with Simone de Bourviour give me a sense of self as woman and man as other.
    Of Mice and Men
    1984 and Animal Farm...George Orwell.
    Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
    Any shakespeare - Othello and Much a do about nothing and of course the taming of the shrew

    Youve made me look up australian literature now on wikipedia and I realize Ive still alot to learn and read.
    add Clive James and Tim Winton and elizabeth jolley and Mary Durack  australian writers..
    Berkuwski on American realism ( dark)add many other novels by mainstream US culture from Joan Collins to the Dice Man..etc

    Satre  on existentialism.. and on and on..

    I need to copy this list for later.

    fringedwellers - on urbanized aboriginal life