Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Being a student/instructor of positive thinking and now an author of a self-help book based on the curative powers of positive thinking the book(s) that changed my life are: (1) The Power of Positive Thinking; (2) The Power of Your Subconscious Mind; (3) Think & Grow Rich; and (4) The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. Incidently, my book is: African-American Guide to Prosperity: A Metaphysical Approach to Empowerment.
I have to say Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" has changed my way of thinking. The first time I read it, it brought up so many personally philosophical questions about how I live life, and how it affects others around me. It challenged me to think more deeply and consider those I influence.
Nowadays, I read it at least once a year on average for the last 5 years. I always find something new in it.
I read a book when I was maybe about 17 or 18 (I'm now 22), called Deafening by Francis Itani. I had already done Level One British Sign Language and someone suggested that I may enjoy it. Whilst it is written by a hearing person and is fiction, it does show a great insight to what it could feel like to grow up deaf surrounded by hearing friends and family. The descriptions of speech and later signing are very beautifully done by Itani and there is a truly beautiful love story in there as well, just to make it perfect! It's set around ww1 (i think, maybe 2) and has sections that also describe the desolation that war causes.
I think it impacted me obviously because of my interest in the Deaf Community (I'm now a sign language interpreter) but also it impacted me as novice writer. The descriptions Itani uses struck me as... well I suppose they were quite brave. She didn't hold back, they were so vivid that when I was reading the parts that are from a soldiers pov I was crying into my pillow!
I would recommend this book to anyone, in fact its been awhile since I read it, might have to go and read it again myself!
Great discussion! I shall be reading some of the others that have been suggested too!
One book I found very enlightening was The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I highly recommend everyone read it.
The one book that really stood out for me was Mrs. Mike, by Nancy and Benedict Freedman. Reading about the struggles the characters faced and the quiet strength in which she endure heart ache, loss and pain was very touching, and I loved the special relationship between Mike and Mary.
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I can't remember the title as I was a child at the time. What I do know, is that it was about ancient Greek mythology.
When I read that book, I discovered that a horse wasn't just a horse. It was a unicorn. Better, there was Pegasus, the flying horse. And there were other variants that simply grabbed me. Half man, half horse...
When I realised that the mind was the best world to be in, I grabbed it and never stopped reading. And of course, eventually started writing myself.
By the time I was fifteen I had read quite a list of classics, and I still have most of them, except for that first book. If I could just find it...
The Bible changed who I am. There are many who probably appreciate this that knew the "old" me. My latest book could help others (ones who shy away from religiosity) to the same end. One of the books which helped my writing of my book was "Who Switched off my Brain," Dr. Caroline Leaf. She expressed the terrible affects of negative toxins on our beings. In my book, "Spiritual/Biblical Psychology", I elaborate or her premise and incorporate some of Morris' psychology teaching and my own Bible teachings.
I am not entirely certain that this is what you were seeking, but I tried.
May God bless,
Dr. Jake Wade