Life changing books?

United States
November 17, 2007 8:51am CST
When I was a freshman in college our English literature teacher told us of a book that changed his life. Since he said this I decided to read it as well. It indeed was a very profound book in many ways. I found that I cried and had emotional reactions to it more than any other book I have ever read up until then or since. Still I'm not sure that it changed my life. For the professor he decided to leave school and move to Romania to help the people there. And ever since that first year doing this he has always been a great missionary to the people of Romania. For me I read the book and continue with my college career and did little that was remarkable with respect to social change. I'm still waiting for the life changing book. How about you?
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@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
17 Nov 07
I have never read a book that made me change my way of living, or thay brought with it great changes in me as a person. I love to read, and i a am always reading something. I have read many great, many good and a few bad books. I think that all of them contributes to the way i am and who i am. I am not able to pick one though. If I was to mention one it would be the first book i ever got: Peter in Bluberryland. It was given to me on the day i was born by my Grandfather. It is one of my all time favorite books. I always give that book to the new children that come into my life. I hope it will make them fall in love with reading and books as well. Beeing a reader has brougt me so much joy and so many great moments that I wish everyone got to experiece it.
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
17 Nov 07
Oh, forgot: Peter in Blueberryland is written by Elsa Beskow. It is originally swedish, but is translated into many many languages
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• United States
17 Nov 07
That's really cool. You express a lot of the feelings that I have about reading. Thank you.
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@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
17 Nov 07
I find Paulo Coelho's THE ALCHEMIST to be something worth life-thinking. I am trying to change how I view things. I am trying to do it slowly but surely. :)
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• United States
17 Nov 07
That is one I've been meaning to read. I will have to take a look at it.
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@Ngippol (567)
• Philippines
17 Nov 07
May I asked what book is that, please?
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• United States
18 Nov 07
The book my professor was referring to was The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Doestoyevsky. It is a wonderful book but very depressing.
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• United States
17 Nov 07
No one book as been that profound for me. But, I take a little from each and add to my life experience. I did particularly enjoy the thought process involved "Zen: The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Best wishes in your search.
• United States
18 Nov 07
Oh! I just remembered one of them... The Mists of Avalon!!! Changed my life forever.
• United States
18 Nov 07
Oops! I got so excited I totally didn't think to add this as a comment to my original post!
• United States
20 Nov 07
I've been wondering what is about the The Mists of Avalon so special to you? From a another thread I'm also wondering how things went with the BP. I'm sure you'll let us all know some how. Thanks.
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• United States
21 Nov 07
It gave me tremendous insight into the causes of much of my own 'suffering', which was so similar in nature. It also gave me the opportunity to cry my eyes out and experience a cleansing. And it helped me to set a new direction in life... one that didn't involve trying to change the world, but did involve minding my own business. As to my BP, he hasn't arrived yet. Pretty soon it will be over. I hate that! Wanting time to pass quickly seems like such a waste of the moment!
@juhiram (187)
19 Nov 07
some books really inspire us and also will enrich us to move forward in various problems and try to solve those problems and then we will get lots of experiences.and also there is an word called experience makes man perfect.so books can make and break ...can do anything also it will depend on the selection of book andd its content we are reading and should be worthful around our improvement.
• China
18 Nov 07
This book may have little effect on you,but great on your teacher.Your situation are not the same.for me, I like reading historical book,thie kind of book can have more effcet on me,but others may not!
• United States
18 Nov 07
My life has been changed by so many of the books I've read that I wouldn't even know where to begin listing them! All my books are boxed up right now, as I'm living in my brother's 'country house'... the house he bought to store all his stuff in because his wife was complaining about it so much. Anyway, there's no room for my stuff to go anywhere other than in boxes behind doors and the like. Otherwise I would just start listing them as my eyes landed on them on the shelf, but as it is, my mind is blank of course. Sorry!
@atchmon (140)
• Philippines
17 Nov 07
The life changing book for me is just a factor in life.. I don't think i really need it. It is up to myself if I will continue in this life of mine..