Can Books Change one's life?

India
December 1, 2009 10:37pm CST
Hi, I love to read books, different kinds of them and so does everybody. But some books never leave any impact on our mind. We just read these books and then forget everything about it. But for some books we have a totally different approach. These books enthralls us right from the beginning and as we go through it we learn many things, it slowly changes our perspective. Here, I wanna know about those appealing piece of art. Do you really think that a book can change one's life just like that? Let us share our experiences here. Also if possible please suggest some really good books that has affected your personality to a positive level. Take care.... God bless all...
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@Norah0804 (165)
• China
2 Dec 09
Hi, getbiswa, i quite agree with your opinion that a good book will have a positive impact on us. As i see it, the books contain lots of knowledge and widen our field of vision. As an old saying goes: books are the food for mind. We can absord many things from a useful book.
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• India
2 Dec 09
Hi Norah, Plz call me "Biswa" thats my name. Yeah, books are the food for mind and music is the food of life, thats what I believe. When we first start reading books, we don't even know which one to choose. There are so many things we want to read and we want to know. Thats why its really necessary to have a mentor who refers the books depending on our maturity and wants. Our schooling serves the purpose to some extent, but there are lots of things we manage outside school. So we should be really careful about the books we find "useful". I am talking about little discrimination here. Thanks for such an wonderful response... Take care...
• China
2 Dec 09
Oh sorry, i just called your ID. hi,Biswa. I read many books during the summer holiday and enjoyed a enrichment life this year. I knew many famous composers and heroes created by them, different kinds of characteristics impressed me a lot, perhaps this is the last holiday during my school days. Enjoy our life and our books. Have a good day. Thank you sincerely for your response.
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• India
2 Dec 09
Hmmm... You sounded young all right. Norah, its good to hear that you are so fond of books. As you will grow your tastes will change. You go on reading good books and also refer me whenever you are really impressed by one. I will read it too. I don't know any language other than english, which I consider to be a very unfortunate limitation. Take care Norah. It was a real pleasure talking to you. God bless you...
@guizoo (74)
• China
2 Dec 09
Hi my dear friend,I am now a college student and I really think books can do much contribution to our mind buildings.There many books have concentrated the authors' spirit elite . Say it frankly,I most like the chinese book "A dream of red mansion",or "Hong Lou Meng"in chinese.It give me many ideas about the world,the human, the relationships of several in society. I have no idea if know the book,but it is said to be one of the World Classics. Enjoy your life with good books, God bless you.
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• India
2 Dec 09
Hi quizoo, I expected your response here. I know you are s student and a very good person. Unfortunately I didn't read the book you've mentioned here. But I would really like to read this one. If you have an Ebook for it please send me a copy. I love chinese literature. My favorite short story writer is Anthon Chekhov, which means I love Russian literature too. Thanks for your response... God bless you too...
@guizoo (74)
• China
2 Dec 09
Hee hee... I appreciate that you are interesting in chinese literature.I wonder if you mind my sending you a ebook of the classic mentioned in my response to your email box. If you do not mind,please give me a private message and tel me your email address,I will send it to your box. The book is written in chinese,and do you good at chinese? hee hee... God bless you!
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• India
2 Dec 09
Then you better keep the book. I would rather wait until it gets translated.
• Philippines
2 Dec 09
Hi Biswa. Like you, I am also a voracious reader. Books could make me happy and laugh. It could make me sad and cry. It could make me vicariously enjoy different professions and lifestyles. It could broaden my knowledge/ideas. Yeah, books can definitely change one's life. It could affect his life perspective and judgment. But I must say that a book has different impact to different people. My life has been touched by these books: 1. Bringing Out the Best in People by Allan Loy McGinnis 2. The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes 3. The One Minute Entrepreneur by Ken Blanchard
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• India
2 Dec 09
Hi, Thanks for such an wonderful response and feedback. Hey, have you noticed something? When a book makes you sad, and you can't help crying, deep inside you are filled with quietness and peace. The more you cry the more you feel pure and sacred. Its because this time you are shedding tears, not for yourself, but for others. Books always touches the softer part of you, the deeper You, and surprisingly enough most of the time it successful in its mission. Thank you so much for suggesting those good books. God bless you.....
• Philippines
3 Dec 09
Yes, I agree. You have just informed me of a new perspective on how to explain the reasons why do we cry or become sad after reading a book. Many thanks.
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@ckrivera (14)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
HI.. When you read books it influences your knowledge about everything. Sometimes we tend to practice what we had read from the book. We even argue with the opinions, and so, it affects our life. God Bless
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• India
11 Jan 10
Hi, Yes I totally agree. If the book offers something novel it may or may not agree with the concept you already have. If it does, your theory is supported by stronger arguments, and if it does not, you keep on arguing and analyzing the new one and then if you finally agree with it, you let it replace your old thought. The whole process happens very fast for flexible and avid readers. Thanks for this response. Welcome to myLot God bless you
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
The Secret changed my life somehow.I tend to be pessimist at several occasions.after reading The Secret,my life has changed somehow.I now think of positive thoughts.I watch my words and avoid saying negative words.case in point:I have been wanting an IPod for so long,but I can't buy it because I don't have enough money.after reading The Secret I visualized myself lying in bed and listening to my IPod.sooner,I received an IPod as a gift.
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• India
9 Jan 10
Hi, Your IPod story is cool. I had similar kind of experience myself. I've noticed that I've developed a feeling recently, that there is nothing that a person can't live without. It cut my expectations out of many things. Now I feel more relaxed and satisfied all the time. Its a miracle that I've understood that a man's real strength is not in his ability to acquire something but in his skill in letting it go. Thanks for this wonderful response God bless you
@mycjane (31)
• Philippines
16 Dec 09
for me, books can change someone entirely, what it can do is influence, and guide someone as we read it.. I'm also a book lover.. I love reading books so much.. And in my philosophy class, our teacher ask us to read "Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom"... I find it nice and very influencing, you can get new and nice perspective in life. when i finished reading the book, i bought another book of his, "Five people you meet in heaven. its a good book also.. very nice.. this are the books that i can recommend..books that i have read that you can get something out of it.. I also like reading mystery and courtroom novels.. try that one too... you can also get something out of everything, you can have to reflect on it..picture yourself in it..what if it is you... hope you'll read the books it mentioned... thanks!
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• India
11 Jan 10
Hello, it sounds like you are very avid reader and you really love and enjoy what you read. Thanks for recommending such good books. I really wanted to have some good recommendations from you people. Yes, those books bring a change in perspective which is really necessary to understand and solve the mystery of life. Thanks once again for such a sincere response. I really appreciate it. God bless you
@mkings (289)
• Germany
2 Dec 09
I believe that books can change life If not while spend time reading or writing those books if it will have no impact on people life. There book people will read over and over again and again and never get bored Books are a form of knowledge that can new get old but will only be renewed or transformed
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• India
3 Dec 09
Yeah, I completely agree with you on that. There are books we fall in love with so much that we often read it again and again. I remember, when I was a mere child, I used to keep a book under my pillow before going to sleep. I used to get so involved that I often cried, laughed while reading books. Why do they read sacred books over and over again? Its because, like you said, to get all the knowledge and leanings "renewed" and perfectly "transformed" and then assimilated. Thanks for the reply... Take care...
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 09
I suppose that books can potentially change one's life! There's no guarantee as with anything but I suppose it's how you utilise the knowledge you've gained from books into your own life. I too love reading books and it's the biggest hobby that I have! I'm into positive thinking books and all kinds of different self-help books as I have suffered with low self-esteem in the past! Thankfully this no longer is an issue and I have learned how to adapt as a result of reading good books. As well as reading self-help books I also love to read horror books and Stephen King is my favourite author. I'm not overly keen on reference books as I love to escape and only fiction can do this for me. Even though I enjoy reading fiction for the majority of the time I think that there's a lot that you can still learn from these types of books, you really get into the thoughts of the author! I'm more positive as a person now and I definitely attribute this to reading! Andrew. Welcome to My Lot by the way.
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• India
3 Dec 09
You wouldn't imagine how I loved this response of yours. I had a break up, a very bitter one. On those days, I was having trouble with my career, relationships, finance and everything I laid my hands on. I usually love to read self help books but by that time the only books I used to read were spiritual ones, holy books. And surviving a break up was nothing, it changed my entire life. I've always preferred fictions because unlike self help books, they have greater ability to penetrate. I mean, they site examples, often derive conclusions themselves or sometimes leave the conclusion upon you. As you get more involved in fiction there is a high possibility that you will see yourself impersonate one of the leading characters. This involvement makes them so much effective. Thanks for your response... God bless you
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Yes I agree with that!!! books can influence and changed a person if he really instill his mind what he reads. There are lost of good books that can affect a person's life. The all Purpose Driven Life book? I love that book, by Rick Warren? and also the books written by Ellen g. White and above all the book that can reallu change ones life and perspective is the BIBLE. Many people said, this book is hard to understand and very boring to read but to me? it is very interesting because it is a true event happened in the olden times. A History that never be forgotten.
• India
3 Dec 09
I too believe that Bible can entire change one's philosophy towards life. Some people find it boring and there are reasons for that. They were not interested in learning stuffs written in there in first place and that is because they have a very strong preconceived idea about the book. In order to make your study interesting enough you have to open up your mind and let the different ideas flow inside. People who have difficulties in giving up older beliefs, no matter if they are right or wrong, usually shut their minds to all those ideas. I am Hindu. In my religion the holy book is called "ShrimadvagabatGita" or simply, Gita and it did change my life. I try my best to follow the path of righteousness as dictated there. Thanks for such a sincere response.. I really appreciate it.... take care
@jambi462 (4599)
• United States
2 Dec 09
I would say that books can easily change one's life. There are books out there that can help you educate yourself up on virtually any topic you want to. There are fiction books that can completely occupy your mind and take you away from your actually earthly reality. Religions are based around holy or sacred texts and think about how many people base their lifes around these religions. I would say there are definitely life changing books out there.
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• India
3 Dec 09
I am so glad that you think this way. Yes, there are books that are meant to educate. They elevate our morale to a great height. Like one of our friends said, learning to detach one's self from the earthly reality is an art in itself. I really appreciate such an wonderful response and I will be expecting a few references of the books that you think were important in building your principle. Thanks for the response. God bless you
• United States
2 Dec 09
I think it first depends on the subject the book is dealing with. If you are interested in the specific subject the book is talking about then it has more potential to change your life. For me any book dealing with the teachings or lives of spiritual luminaries always has a positive impact on me. For instance, right now I am reading a book entitled "I Am That". It is written in question and answer format between a great sage of the last century (I forget his name at the moment) and some people in his audience. It talks about how we are not the body, the mind, the emotions, etc......and we should learn to detach ourselves from all these false concepts. It is really interesting and is having a real impact on my way of viewing things, and I am not even finished with the book yet!
• India
3 Dec 09
Greaaaaaaaat. I am so very pleased to hear that this book you are reading is having an impact on you. Considering the philosophy that is discussed in that book, it will definitely have some positive impact on your psyche. This book are meant to improve the innermost side of us. It is addressed to the soul thats why books like this makes you independent and strong from inside. Books of these kind have a very difficult concept, difficult to realize I mean. But if one can follow, his whole life's gonna be changed. Thanks for sharing it with us.
• Philippines
2 Dec 09
Yes it can but it also depends on the reader. If the reader take everything on it seriously, it can surely change his/her life. Like for example, in College once we read our subject books surely we could passed examinations and will let us graduate on time and that make a change in your life. Another one, if you always read book about health and fitness and you do exactly everything on it, well very good for you... you can be as fit as what that book mentioned. Everything can change ones life it you just take it seriously. God bless too...
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• India
3 Dec 09
Yeah, Sometimes taking those things seriously hurts a lot. If you completely surrender to whatever an author is talking about, there is a fair chance that you may act accordingly. That is why I think we should first assimilate and analyze the concept before realizing that in reality. Reading without processing is same as stuffing without digestion. They end up with similar problems. Thanks for your response... take care
@murtuza89 (513)
• India
2 Dec 09
Hi getbiswa, Yes books can change someones life! And it has changed mine too... Since a year back I had a different lookout towards the dark world of Prosti*utes. But since I read a book on life of a prost*te, I just changed my mind about them. Books can change the way we see the world and can make us more confident in facing the world. Books, especially Novels are very useful for everybody!
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• India
2 Dec 09
Thanks for the response and yes, books play an important role in changing our perspective. Fictions can be thought of as a person's consideration over a certain matter. Sometimes his viewpoint differs from ours. Two opposite ideas come into play. Here we decide which one of them we're gonna keep with us. Depending on the individual personality, adaptability we choose between them. But if the content and style of that book is appealing enough, it replaces the old idea in no time. It shakes the old belief so hard that it eventually gets uprooted. Then the place is injected with the new perspective. Books can really do magic. It was a pleasure to have your response here... Regards...
• Philippines
2 Dec 09
I don't think that books can change one's life. But reading books specially those books that are written to touch our lives, to help us in our problems, help us go through depression/frustration. Books help us realize. I think that the reason why we feel that the book changed our life. I love to read books as well. There are more than a dozen books i have already read and my favorite is "Who moved my Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson. I also love reading "Chicken Soup for the Soul".
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• India
2 Dec 09
Yes I agree with you, not all books are made to touch our lives. Some books can't hide the insincere way of writing that shamelessly show off the lack of responsibility towards society. Those stuffs are cheap and are meant to be read and left in the park. I usually rely heavily on review and comments from my friends in order to choose a book for reading. As I really don't want to waste my time in reading purposeless books, I take suggestions first and then go for it. Thanks for the sincere response... Take care....
@Emvy548 (387)
• India
2 Dec 09
Yes, books can quite certainly change your life! I remember reading a book called "The Diceman" written by the famous author Mario Puzo where the main character lives by the dice. He mentally lists 6 alternatives and rolls the dice. Whichever option is indicated by the dice, the diceman goes by it, whether it would be beneficial or disastrous. I was so taken in by the diceman's method that I followed it for a few days. I stopped only when my friends warned me and persuaded me to quit living by the dice! Another book that had a great impact on me has been "You Can Win" by Shiv Khera, a self-help inspiration book that went on to sell several million copies. With the help of the superb techniques listed out and explained in the book, I was able to improve my personal and professional life.
• India
2 Dec 09
Yeah, I've read Shiv Khera too. You know, this is exactly why I believe one should be little choosy about the books one reads. I've often influenced by a few books in a rather negative direction. "You Can Win" is an excellent book. Its inspiring. You can also try Bhagabat Gita, which is the best book I've read so far. Its stuffed with concrete philosophy about life, the way it should be. It just changed my life and there is not a single word that promotes Hindu religion. So its fairly secular. You can also read, "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen,"Personality" by Malcom Gladwell, "Time Management" by Anthony Robbins etc. Thanks for such sincere response.... God bless you...
• United States
2 Dec 09
Books have indeed affected my life. Stephen King's "The Stand" sent shivers down my spine, as did "The Tommyknockers". I read the Unabridged version of The Stand, and it was the first Stephen King book i had ever picked up. The Unabridged version has almost 1000 extra pages that really make the book shine. Both books are so realistic, It is scary how possible some of this stuff is. The stand kind of makes me stop and wonder sometimes. For example, I just got braces on my teeth. I was brushing my teeth on day when i realized, If I was one of the last .01 percent of mankind, I would have these things on for the rest of my life. I love to read and Stephen King is absolutely my favorite writer.
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• India
2 Dec 09
Hi, ohhh its cool. I've heard so many things about Stephen King but never actually got the chance to read it. Its so unfortunate. A book that change a lot of things in me is the Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I usually like to read the classic literature, mostly non fictions. Its not that I don't like modern idea of literature. Its because I like the way they used to write english. I mean the style. For example Bernard Shaw. Ohh dear. I really can't imagine people can inject such gentleness and sobriety in their conversations. Thanks so much for the response... god bless you..
@aditya540 (328)
• India
2 Dec 09
hi, let me be frank enough to say that never ever in my life i read books other than related to academics coz i hate reading coz i don have patience..!! But i strongly believe that a good book always impacts our mind with its teachings..!!