Has reading a book ever changed your life?

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  1. Don Ship profile image76
    Don Shipposted 12 years ago

    Which one and why, if yes?

    1. Jack Salathe profile image81
      Jack Salatheposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      "Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance", I read it in college and promptly dropped out and wanted to buy a motorcycle and drive around the country. That didn't work out the way I planned it but I was glad I left school at that moment in my life. It helped me realize I had a whole lot to learn about the world and not all of that learning could happen in academia. Great question!

    2. saesha profile image60
      saeshaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Fight Club changed my life because I realized there are more important things in life than saving up for a dream retirement or whatever, but that it is also important to respect such goals. In other words, coming to grips with your life sometimes requires an inner catharsis in which you accept that you have deeply ambivalent thoughts.

      Lies my Teacher Told Me was also a great book I read in my sociology of education class. It revealed parts of history that aren't usually mentioned in the average american high school history class.

    3. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this


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      harrybirdiposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah!! I have read a book named "You Can Win" and this book has drastically changed my life. I used to be in depression during my childhood days but now I am ok.

    5. Stump Parrish profile image61
      Stump Parrishposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      The adventures of Tom Sawyer. This was the first time I ever crawled inside a book and lived it rather than just reading it. Several honorary mentions include, The Hobbit, The Hitchikers Guide to The Galaxy, Hanta Yo, and National Geographic. This last one was important as it coincided with the onset of puberty.

  2. Dale Nelson profile image39
    Dale Nelsonposted 12 years ago

    Rich Dad Poor Dad series - Robert Kiyosaki

    Og Mandino's - Richest man in Babylon

  3. ar.colton profile image83
    ar.coltonposted 12 years ago

    Do you mean the way Dorian Gray was effected by some unknown volume? I wish that I could be open enough for a book to touch me that deeply. Not yet though. I have had books have a great affect on me for a while.

    Fahrenheit 451 stopped me up for a while. Got me thinking about how much I am crontributing to the degeneration of literature and if my own books are literary enough. Am I committing an injustice if I contribute only escapist fiction? Stopped my pen for a while.

    Another one was The Innocent Traveller by Ethel Wilson. It allowed me to break free from a necessesity for greatness and acheivment that my mother bore into me and see the beautiful and necessary aspects of lives that are lived to the fullest and promptly forgotten.

  4. Shadesbreath profile image83
    Shadesbreathposted 12 years ago

    Aristotle's Rhetoric is the most empowering and humanistic work of all time, and it's so logical and simple despite it's brutal complexity.

    And, believe it or not, Anna Karenina too. In particular, the part near the end when Levin and Kitty go visit Nikolai on his death bed. I have sort of a "hospital phobia" and dread them, they are so awful. That scene, through Kitty's actions and Levin's sort of nurturing-ineptitude, was eye opening in its beauty and simplicity (on the part of Kitty), and I've carried it with me ever since. I hope I can call it up if the need ever arises.

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    Sophia Angeliqueposted 12 years ago

    The only books that I read that encouraged me to try and change my life were the sort that involved the law of attraction.

    They had a profoundly negative effect as I was exerting myself in the wrong direction.

    Now I'm older and wiser...

    I read extensively. However, that's because I enjoy reading. smile

  6. 2uesday profile image67
    2uesdayposted 12 years ago

    The first book I managed to read by myself as a child, I cannot remember the title.

  7. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    I'm tempted to add The true Story of the Bilderberg Group by Daniel Estulin.
    If everything in the book is true, and I have no reason to believe it isn't, then everything I learned about the history of the world, especially the western world, in the last 60 - 70 years or so, perhaps longer, is lies.
    We, as the common people, have been lied to time and time again by our leaders who have had an ulterior motive we were not permitted to know of, nor discuss.
    Yes that is life-changing. Perhaps even WWII was contrived to benefit some rich conglomerate somewhere. Everything else was.

  8. wrhapsody profile image60
    wrhapsodyposted 12 years ago

    Reading the book "Under a War-Torn Sky" by L.M. Elliot changed my life. This exciting historical fiction about World War II aided my decision to join the military. After reading the whirl-wind journey of a young pilot named Henry who crashes in foreign land and is the only one to survive, I got to thinking about my former conviction at the age of eleven when terrorist attacked my country on 9/11.

    When I read about the amazing feats Henry accomplished, I was convinced that I wanted to help people in that way and that I needed to defend my country and other who cannot defend themselves by putting on a uniform and marching in the ranks of the U.S. Army.

    This book is well-written and awe inspiring. Anyone with an interest in WWII or historical fiction should check it out!

  9. Bob Ewing profile image62
    Bob Ewingposted 12 years ago

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance twice over the past 15 years and have just started a third reading. It takes me on an internal journey and each time I read it, I emerge somewhat more aware than when I began.

  10. Uninvited Writer profile image78
    Uninvited Writerposted 12 years ago

    I wouldn't say a specific book changed my life, I believe all books change you in some way.

  11. Rafini profile image70
    Rafiniposted 12 years ago

    yeah, but don't laugh, ok?  Harry Potter.  It told me it was time for me to start writing!

    1. Christy Goff profile image59
      Christy Goffposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      In high school, I was taking psych and socialogy,  I really wanted to be a child psychologist, my teacher gave me a book on split personalities and Sybil,  I read them and cried most of the way through,  I decided that I wasn't ment for that job.

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    kimberlyslyricsposted 12 years ago

    I'm going to try reading one to find out


  13. UK Wordsmith profile image60
    UK Wordsmithposted 12 years ago

    "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull" by Richard Bach.

    I first read it in the early 1980s.

    Here is a wikipedia link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_L … on_Seagull

    This book awakens self-awareness and a sense of what you can aspire to be.

    It is probably the shortest book I have ever read, but was a real life-changer for me in terms of mental attitude.

  14. UK Wordsmith profile image60
    UK Wordsmithposted 12 years ago

    I am quite surprised that nobody has said: "The Bible" or "The Qur'an" or "The Talmud" etc., etc..

    Such volumes must have exerted an enormous influence on the lives of many millions of people over the ages.

    So many variations on the interpretation of the content of them, too.  Some take all that is written therein as literal and factual;  others view the contents as allegorical teachings and guidance.

    Has anyone out there experienced the reading of a holy volume as a life-changer?

  15. Jaggedfrost profile image60
    Jaggedfrostposted 12 years ago

    The Book of Mormon should be added to that list but most people really don't want to start a Christians or Religious vs atheist  argument about their holy writ or be pitted against each other on this topic.

  16. Jaggedfrost profile image60
    Jaggedfrostposted 12 years ago

    lol The Hitchikers Guide to The Galaxy definitely changed my life, my tear ducts grew larger from crying due to laughter.

  17. Disturbia profile image60
    Disturbiaposted 12 years ago

    Two books, "The Female Eunich" by Germaine Greer and The Vindication of the Rights of Whores" by Gail Pheterson

  18. Jaggedfrost profile image60
    Jaggedfrostposted 12 years ago

    wow, what kind of life would need such works to change it.  Those are out there.


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