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Old 10-17-2008, 09:24 PM   #61
 
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The Alchemist by Paulo Koehlo
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (got me out of debt and thinking about my money. FINALLY)
Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall.

All that I could think of.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #62
 
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Irresistible Revolution absolutely changed my life. Literally. It caused me to totally throw away my own plans. It changed my outlook on the real Jesus vs. the modern day "church".
Love this book! The author of it spoke a few years before it's publication at a summer urban project I was doing in Philadelphia, and it was awesome to actually have lots of his stories and thoughts in pring
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Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again, by Frank Lipman, MD. I quit Splenda and caffeine and cow's milk after delving into this book.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:20 PM   #64
 
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The Madeleine L'Engle books, particularly A Wrinkle in Time - It made me want to be a scientist.
I liked these too. But the book that always comes to mind is A Handmaids Tale... even though Margaret Atwood is a bit of a nut job.
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:52 PM   #65
 
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Bodies by Susie Orbach

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Old 04-22-2009, 06:21 PM   #66
 
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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is my personal bible. Changed my perspective of EVERYTHING.

One of my favorites for pleasure is The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith was just so funny, inspirational, touching and you just want to hug and drink tea with the main character the whole time! It's insanely good. There's like 5 or 6 of them.
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I like Alexander McCall Smith, too. His 44 Scotland Street series is also good.
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:53 AM   #68
 
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Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:46 PM   #69
 
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Arthur Miller's 'Death of a salesman' taught me compassion.
Harper Lee's 'To kill a mockingbird' taught me about justice.
William Styron's 'Sophie's choice' taught me that nothing is black and white.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:22 PM   #70
 
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Just started The Last Lecture and have a feeling it'll be an eye opener, life changing read.
ditto to To Kill a Mockingbird
the short story The Scarlet Ibis really touched me back in hs.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:20 AM   #71
 
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Grace and Grit, Ken Wilbur. A beautiful story about love, compassion, spirituality and philosophy. Very moving.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #72
 
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See - I will never look at female friendship the same way again after reading that book. It's wonderful.

My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young - Oh my gosh, this book was so good I read it in a single afternoon. It is set during WWII, but it is a side to the war that I've NEVER read about before. Read it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:58 PM   #73
 
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Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

Pslams from the Bible

Many poems from American Primitive by Mary Oliver have struck me by their sheer beauty

Goddess in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Hard to explain, but it helped me see and love myself for who I am---it's a book on archetypes.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:22 PM   #74
 
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Did you ever encountered books that improved your life, made it easier or helped you gain confidence in yourself?

I heard about Louise L. Hay and it seems to be a very good author telling helpful things.
Do you know other books, good authors or stories that are helping to find his own way in life
My mother was diagnosed with arthritis 9 yrs ago. She has always been a very critical and judgemental woman with a lot of self-loathing. I was headed down the very same path.

I came across Louise L. Hay -You Can Heal Your Life and was blown away by the thought pattern she considers the cause of arthritis - Criticism and resentment. That one line caused me to take stock of my life.

I became a bit of a self-help book junkie for a couple years until I was given a Course in Miracles which is the only "self-help" book I read now.

Although I wonder if Curltalk is its own form of self-help. Hmmm.....
I'm reading/doing the Course right now. AMAZING! Talk about life changing! I'll never be the same and neither will my family because of what I'm learning.

Before that I'd have to say "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz defiantly changed how I lived my life and related to other people.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:32 AM   #75
 
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Alice Walker:

Anything We Love Can Be Saved.

The Temple of My Familiar

Clarissa Pinkola Estez:

Women Who Run With the Wolves

Alex Haley:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Che Guevara:

Guerrilla Warfare: A Method

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The Fifth Sacred Thing

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Old 01-03-2011, 01:44 PM   #76
 
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I like to read spiritual memoirs and they help me understand my beliefs and whatnot. A few of them are: Girl Meets God by Jennifer F. Winner, The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, Looking For Mary by Beverly Donofrio.

And I think when I read The Color Purple by Alice White, I definitely had a lot to think about.

But yea, books definitely have an impact on me!
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:26 PM   #77
 
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Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder

In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:04 PM   #78
 
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I am a COMPLETE bookworm. While i have books that I Adore *Harry Potter series* among others, I have yet to find one that has changed my life. I can say that reading is definitely a part of my life, and my way of life...

I will def. teke note of these books :P I love taking recommendations from others, esp curlies
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:40 PM   #79
 
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See - I will never look at female friendship the same way again after reading that book. It's wonderful.

My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young - Oh my gosh, this book was so good I read it in a single afternoon. It is set during WWII, but it is a side to the war that I've NEVER read about before. Read it.
I absolutely LOVE that book, i've read it so many times!
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For me it would have to be

White Oleander by Janet Flitch
The Tao of Pooh which helped me learn to take the time and sit back and not over stress
Harry Potter Series because it shaped my childhood
The Complete Works of Maya Angelou she was the first black poetess that i was introduced to and one of my faves so much in fact i cleaned houses for a week to pay for a ticket to hear her speak.
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