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I'm curious to see the books that have touched people's lives - this could be a novel that gave you a different outlook on the world, something that made you laugh, or a nonfiction book that inspired you to change your life.  I know my husband and I really liked the book Simplicity Parenting, and now we're trying to declutter, simplify and create the kind of environment that will allow our boys to flourish.

 

What books have had an impact on your life?


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At various times in my life, books have really helped with me perspective.  Sometimes I will reread one that had a huge impact on me in high school and I won't be 'moved' anymore, but the book obviously had something to do with my way of thinking now.  Here are a few books that I still think about occassionally--even if I read them 20 years ago.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Chosen

Marjorie Morningstar

The Once and Future King

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (and sequels)

Square Foot Gardening

The Baby Book

Tightwad Gazette

 

 

I am sure there are more.  Maybe I will add some later.  It is hard to differenciate between "book I really loved" and "book that made an impact/inspired me".

 

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Possession by A.S. Byatt

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo by Ntozake Shange

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Fool's Run by Patricia McKillip

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

 

 

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One book that has inspired me is called "Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J,T. Stepanek and Heartsongs", by. Jeni Stepanek.  Its about the life of Mattie Stepanek, a boy who had a very rare form of muscular distrophy and his mission to make the world a better place.  He had a unique life in that his older siblings (his mom had 4 kids with the same disorder) died before the age of 4, and that his mom didn't know she was passing some horrible disease to her children until she was diagnosed with the adult form of the disorder.  Jeni talks about Matties struggle to live when she was an infant, how he dealt with his brother Jamie's passing (the only sibling he ever knew) by writing poetry, and how he worked hard to spread his message of peace and love to everyone.  He dealt with numerous medical issues like not being able to walk without feeling like he was suffocating (he eventually had to use a power chair to get around), he had a traceotomy, and even had to have other painful medical procedures performed without anesthesia, due to his disorder.  His mom talks about how he used faith to get him through all of the hard times.

Mattie has met with Jimmy Carter, Oprah, and other advocates of peacemaking before he died in 2004 of congestive heart failure.  He wrote several book of poetry that were published, according to one part of the book. 

 

It was a wonderful book and I have read it twice to give me inspiration and even bought the audiobook recently to listen to whenever I feel like I need something positive feelings in my life.   I feel that everyone should read this book, because it is such a wonderful book!

 

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Good question!

 

Bible

Free Land-Rose Lane Wilder.   Something about the book touch me. Maybe it is the way that they had a part in each others lives?

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Shantaram

 

If This is a Man

 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

Being and Nothingness

 

The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment

 

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

 

1491

 

Guns, Germs, and Steel

 

The Omnivore's Dilemma

 

Holy Days

 

Emotional Intelligence

 

Stone Butch Blues

 

And so many more!  I should really keep a running list titled "books that have changed my life"... or something like that...

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Personal History by Katharine Grahm  - What amazed me about this book was how honest she was about her struggles and challenges.  She was raised in a wealthy family and married a man with a rather serious mental illness which eventually nearly brings down her family business.  There is a chapter in the book about how during a union strike, the strikers lit the plant machinery on fire and she walked through the picket lines thinking there was a very real chance they would beat her to death.  (a female employee as well as several men were already severely beaten)  This happened in the 70s, women just didn't do that sort of thing back then.  I have re-read that chapter many times when I was feeling down.

 

Nickeled and Dimed by Barbara Einreicht.  (I hope I spelled her last night right)  It openned my eyes to a level of working poor that I didn't know existed.  It completely changed the way I view things.

 

 


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I recently read How to be a Famous Writer Before You're Dead by Ariel Gore, and I found it to be very inspiring.


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Thanks for the replies.  I think I will have to take a trip to the library very soon.  And then find the time to read.  winky.gif


 

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Free Land-Rose Lane Wilder.   Something about the book touch me. Maybe it is the way that they had a part in each others lives?



Free Land sounds very interesting - especially since my sisters and I have read the Laura Ingalls Wilder series many times.

 

 

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Shantaram

 

If This is a Man

 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

Being and Nothingness

 

The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment

 

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

 

1491

 

Guns, Germs, and Steel

 

The Omnivore's Dilemma

 

Holy Days

 

Emotional Intelligence

 

Stone Butch Blues

 

And so many more!  I should really keep a running list titled "books that have changed my life"... or something like that...


I'm definitely going to find Omnivore's Dilemma at the library this weekend.  I loved In Defense of Food - especially his discussion on wheat as DS1 has a wheat allergy, and neither my husband nor I seem to have any sensitivity.
 

 


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At various times in my life, books have really helped with me perspective.  Sometimes I will reread one that had a huge impact on me in high school and I won't be 'moved' anymore, but the book obviously had something to do with my way of thinking now.  Here are a few books that I still think about occassionally--even if I read them 20 years ago.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Chosen

Marjorie Morningstar

The Once and Future King

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (and sequels)

Square Foot Gardening

The Baby Book

Tightwad Gazette

 

 

I am sure there are more.  Maybe I will add some later.  It is hard to differenciate between "book I really loved" and "book that made an impact/inspired me".

 

Amy


Have you tried the methods in Square Foot Gardening?  Did you ever read One Magic Square and if you did, how did it compare?
 


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Anything Rumi poetry-wise, I like the translations by Coleman Barks best.

19 Minutes

Change of Heart

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

The Rainbabies

The Little Prince

I'll Always Love You

To Kill A Mockingbird

Roll of thunder Hear My Cry

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