It’s simply remarkable how a book…
… literally has the power to transform lives?
Recently, I have seen numerous book lists popping ‘up that have spurred me to consider the titles have recommended and should recommend in the hope that others would get the same or similar benefits.
Not really having been a reader in my youth, in favour of the more ‘escapism’ type of activities, I reached a point as an adult where I felt I wanted more out of life and so began focusing on reading in a quest to find the answers, discover more questions, find understanding and guidance that had, in great deal, been missing from my life. Don’t get me wrong, there are very positive things prior to this turning point that I am more than thankful for, without which I’m sure I would not have become who I am now.
Along my journey I have found both facts and fables that have ushered in revolutionary changes in the way that I think about certain things and aspect of my health (mental, belief system, physical and financial) growing my understanding and ever expanding respect for life, our planet, the limited time that we have, the universe and the unknown.
I’ll start with these three first, as my initial list contains some 11 titles and on advice from a close friend I would like to give you a little insight into the content of each one and how it inspired and/or helped me.
And so, welcome to Pt 1.
First up we have these fables which at the time offered me Moral and Spiritual food for thought:
- The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – This book was a pleasant reminder of how I can so easily get bogged down with my day-to-day activities and woes, so much so that I become them, that is to say unless I stop to look around, take stock and appreciate the things I have achieved and actually have in my life. Complete with the journeys, the friends, the love and the knowledge that I have.
- The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho – The Alchemist, for me (and most) was an inspiring story about following your dreams and digging deep to find our what you truly want – a lesson that has stuck with me for a very long time.
- Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield – It has been so long since I have read this title. but thinking back I remember it to have led me on a spiritual path accepting your situation, enjoying and finding in the present, even down to the littlest tasks and observations, and finding optimism in the future.
All are interesting reads and it’s funny to think about when these books showed up in my life to seemingly help me deal with ‘the past’ and ‘the now’ and build excitement for the future. I offer them to you as they were offered to me, as good reads, in the hope that you might find something useful inside.
I would love to here about the ones that have impacted your life so please add recommendations to the comments or PM me if you prefer but please do send me them – you could be the catalyst for my next positive development.