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I'm wondering what books made a definite improvement for you physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. I'm also thinking of books that gave you new insight or perspective on a situation in a way that changed your life. Finally, I'm thinking of books that you feel are most beneficial to mankind.
Breezeann Breezeann 36-40, F 30 Answers Jul 5, 2010

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The Awakening Of Intelligence By J.Krishnamurti(Its really helping me radically change. And let go of my lifetime of conditioning. Its making me look at how i've been locked up in my own prison of the mind. And how iam no longer going to be a prisoner from my own behavior) I sincerily recommend this book to anyone who in which wants to overcome both inner and outer conflicts in which keep us bounded!

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Cant narrow it down to just one: The Bible, of course. In no particular order: <br />
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance --Robert Pirsig<br />
The Republic -- Plato<br />
Tao of Leadership -trns. John Heider<br />
The Leviathan -- Thomas Hobbes<br />
Two Treatises of Government -- John Locke<br />
The Social Contract -- Jean Jacques Rousseau<br />
The Lemon Tree -- Sandy Toland<br />
Frindle--Andrew Clements<br />
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Whether works of fiction (and I only included one really) or works on how government works, these are books that taught me something or helped me understand how the world works. I realize some look like a sophomores college reading list. What can I say. I really enjoyed that year in college!

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it was just a simple book with "thoughts for the day" that we would randomly pick by closing your eyes and thumbing the pages. it's amazing how a good, provoking thought can start off your day.

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Books played major role in shaping my life. They have been my best friends and i don't feel lonely because of them.<br />
There are many books which inspired me and changed my life:<br />
You can do what you want to do...by Norman Peale<br />
The Fountain head....by Ayn rand<br />
The book of Woman....by Osho<br />
Being in Love.....by Osho<br />
Peace, Power, Plenty....can't remember the author<br />
Jude the obscure...by Thomas Hardy<br />
Hard Times, David Copperfield...by Charles Cickens<br />
Zahir...by Paolo Kohlo<br />
Man who sold his Ferrari.....again forgetting the author.<br />
the list is endless.

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"Temple of My Familiar" and "Possessing the Secret of Joy" both by Alice Walker were the most influential books I have read in the last decade. Although "Temple..." was the better read, but both are classics and although "The Color Purple" is a masterwork, I personally felt these two were better . It followed a loose timeline that spanned thousands of years, naturally utilizing different characters for each era, but the common thread was that they all are interwoven by the need for self-knowledge and honesty, and they all push each other towards it, thus the book also deals with how relationships affect our honesty in our search for ourselves.<br />
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"Possessing the Secret of Joy" was also, first and foremost an entertaining and beautifully crafted story replete with multi-la<x>yered meaning, allowing the reader decide how far to go in interpreting the political and moral undercurrents. It tells the story of a young woman in Africa who is coming to age, and as was the experience of most women in Africa at the time, she faced genital mutilation at her coming of age. Although it was known to be happening, the only places that this issue was being discussed was in places like Liberal Arts Colleges before this book was published. This novel was published in 1992 and it was the first to bring widespread attention to this very disturbing issue. <br />
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Both of these books are very well crafted stories that, if you want, will keep you thinking about them for many weeks after you lay them down. But, for those that want to be entertained or engaged on an emotional level, these two books are for you also.

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There have been a great many books, both fiction and non-fiction that have produced "small" influences for me. <br />
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A few non-fiction ones that I discovered at an appropriate time that "educated" me in different ways are:<br />
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Emotional Intelligence / Destructive Emotions - two books by Daniel Goleman<br />
Boundaries / Safe People - two books by Henry Cloud and John Townsend<br />
The Highly Sensitive Person - Elaine Aron

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Shantaram was a good book. How did you like it?

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"A New Earth" By Eckhart Tolle

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It would have to be "You Erroneous Zones" By Wayne W Dyer.

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Cutting Through, volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Alan Watt. Reveals the truth about the way of things. Volumes can be found here; cuttingthroughthematrix.com

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Well really now I am suprised no one mentioned The Hitchikkrs guide to the galaxy. Such a lovely book.<br />
It changed my view of the world from "oh god stupid people" to "that's just silly". Stressless, silly, at times too random but all in all a good laugh is all you need at the end of the day. <br />
As Terry Gilliam would say "Life is a joke and laughter yea it's true"<br />
So enjoy it :D

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance changed my life. I became a maintenance man. I ran a steam boiler, welded, built houses, all because I learned from Pirsig that I could do those things.

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oh so many... the foreshadowing.. 1984.. the time travellers wife..journeys end..Vera Brittains testament of youth..shakespeare..wilfred owen.. Voices of the holocaust.. voices of world war 1

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"The Science of Mind Textbook" by Ernest Holmes explained to me the essence of every other book I'd ever read and totally changed my life some 30 years ago.

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The book of five rings

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3 books actually...The first was the book of mormon, the 2nd was a book called sickened (about a mother who made doctors give her daughter a heart operation even thou there was nothing wrong with her..the mother loved the attention a sick child brought so kept her daughter sick)..and 3rd the kid (a book about a boy who was abused as a child, went into care, abused more and grew up into a hood..before finally realizing he was repeating the pattern of his parents and made big changes to his life)

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Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl ---Powerful book, changed my life.

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The Vulture King

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The Sword of Truth. Something about that book, im not sure whether it's a certain character or the author. They made me try to be Noble, it opened my eyes to it. If I had not read this book, I would probably be a cheater, liar, stealer... and I am glad that I am not.<br />
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Thank you Terry Goodkind, Richard Cypher was a great person to mold myself into. Still working out the kinks but I think I got this down... :)

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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