Books that Changed My Life
I’d be a very guilty Catholic if I didn’t mention the Holy Bible. But I definitely read scripture every morning so it is important to me. My favorite book of the Bible is Job. In fact, I am re-reading the Book of Job as it really speaks to the losses I’ve been facing. It’s the story of how a lot of shit happens to a righteous man and how it is hard to reconcile why bad things happen to good people. In the end God rewards Job for his loyalty and devotion.
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
I majored in English at Berkeley which has one of the top (if not the top) English department in the country. It was challenging and amazing. I loved every minute of lecture and discussions and office hours. I wrote my senior thesis on The Waves and the insect imagery Woolf used as a way to capture the metamorphosis of her 6 characters (insects are distinct in that they have 6 legs). Sidenote: I also majored in Biology, minored in Forestry, and took a lot of Entomology classes so I had a weird fascination with insects. Therefore it all seemed to fall into place that my favorite author had insect imagery in one of my favorite books and I was able to bridge my fields of study. This novel is like one big poem with beautiful characterization and writing.
A therapist told me to watch http://thesecret.tv/. It has a book of the same philosophy which is that you attract what you think. If you want to be rich, think like you’re a rich person. Don’t cut coupons and whine about how you can’t afford stuff. You are what you think. If you’re single and want to be in a relationship, make room in your closet for another person to live along side you. It’s really mind-blowing how you can change your life simply by believing in yourself. I love it. I’d have to say that this is my #1 top life-changing book. But in order for it to work, you really have to believe otherwise it’s just a waste of time!
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
This is the bible for capitalists. If you ask a room full of MBAs what their favorite book is, this is it. Another book that she wrote is The Fountainhead which is also amazing, but Atlas Shrugged is considered her masterpiece. Ayn Rand was one of the greatest philosophers of all time and in the book she delves into individualism, realism, productivity… “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” I need to dust off my copy and read this book again!
The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
This book is a hilarious, down-to-earth, heart-to-heart rant on what it takes to be rich. I felt like I highlighted every page, DeMarco doles out such wisdom. I wrote about it in another post.
Do we have any in common?
What books have completely changed the way you thought about life?