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Old 04.03.2012, 17:27
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What is one book that changed the way you look at life? How?
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Old 04.03.2012, 17:29
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Well, the bible certainly influenced my life and many generations before me.
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The Tao Te Ching/Lao Tzu - is full of inspiration and wisdom, and I often refer to it.

The first book in English that really made an impression is To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Old 04.03.2012, 17:34
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Re: Words Matter...

The Bible, Pagan christianity, So you do not want to go to church anymore
How? Hhmmm...giving a good perspective on life
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Old 04.03.2012, 17:43
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Re: Words Matter...

The one that stands out for me is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. It's a fiction book that explores and observes faiths and religions, and helped me explore and question my own at a time where it didn't feel like that was an okay thing to do. It's beautifully written and with a good twist to boot!
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Old 04.03.2012, 17:47
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Re: Words Matter...

Sybil.

From hence forth, I wanted to be a shrink. At the ripe old age of... well, it was before 10, that I know.

Oh, and the Edmonds Cookery Book.
It has also changed the lives of a few Brits I know too.

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Old 04.03.2012, 17:58
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Re: Words Matter...

Dummies guide for "How to escape the womb and start a new life on the outside".



Oh that and Chris McDougall's "Born to Run", the barefoot runner's bible and true source of inspiration.
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Re: Words Matter...

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull (Richard Bach) and Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers; all in terms of self-enlightnment.

Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn and The Loving Spirit, and Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea, on another level.

(Sorry, that's six!!!)

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Old 04.03.2012, 18:15
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A French book for me, Les Thanatonautes from Werber. Revolutioned my idea of life after death.
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Re: Words Matter...

The Bible. The Prophet - Khalil Gibran. Mists of Avalon - Marion Bradley Zimmermann (or some such name)
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Old 04.03.2012, 21:26
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The Bible. The Prophet - Khalil Gibran. Mists of Avalon - Marion Bradley Zimmermann (or some such name)

It's Marion Zimmer Bradley. Love that book... Actually it's because of it that I'm now working in medieval lit...
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Oh, and the Edmonds Cookery Book.
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I hadn't thought of that, but quite right.
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Re: Words Matter...

"Sometimes a Great Notion", by Ken Kesey, and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", by Robert Pirsig. I try to make sure I read those at least once every couple of years, just to remind myself that books like that are capable of being written.
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Old 04.03.2012, 23:19
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Re: Words Matter...

You can't beat a bit of Dr. Seuss:

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The Cat in the Hat books were responsible for me reading at an early age, in the first place.


About 20 odd years ago, I read the Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield), which made an impression.

[yeah .... yeah -I was discovering my feminine side]
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Re: Words Matter...

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About 20 odd years ago, I read the Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield), which made an impression.

[yeah .... yeah -I was discovering my feminine side]
I had forgotten about that one, but it made an impact on me too, to such an extent that I no longer believe in coincidences.
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None really, though I do try to read Lord of the Rings once in a while.
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How I think about the world?
Rational Choice in an Uncertain world by Robyn Dawes, and a newer book, Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow. Both focus on how we make sense of the world.

When I was young, i read a biography of Marie Curie written by her daughter, Eve. A great love, tragedy and science. Great story.

My favorite work of fiction has to be Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice - it just never gets old. Second favorite is Madeline l'engle's Wrinkle in Time.
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Re: Words Matter...

Thirukural - one of the oldest book which discusses about life and philosophies.

The english translated version is available inmany sites.

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Remark "Three comrades"
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