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I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven and I am just about finished with Conversations With God (volume 2). I must say I found myself seriously thinking and contemplating a lot of things in my life, and how I react to certain situations and issues, much differently since reading these books.
It put many things into perspective for me, and I am really trying to keep myself accountable for the things I say, do, or write. I was literally in tears when I finished reading chapter 18 of CWG, as it hit so close to home for me.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a quick read (only about 200 pages), and it was the last person he "met", and the chapter dealing with his father that got to me.
One that I thought was excellent, and is still my absolute favourite to this day, is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Sharon, I know you've quoted from this one yourself. I think I have read this book at least a dozen times, and when I got to pick a book for my students (adults studying to get their GED's), I always picked that one. Those lessons are so prudent today as well, and I so loved when Scout realizes that Arthur (Boo) Radley is the one who had saved her and Jem.
Wow, well one of the things I study is philosophy, so about 90% of everything I read was written with the purpose of changing one's perspective
William Cornell's "Race Matters" really turned on a lot of gears in my head. John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany" really opened my thought process up to a lot of things as well. And (this is going to sound so odd, because it is a children's book) The Little Prince. I read it in it's original French version for one of my classes, and it is amazing-- I wish every adult would pick it up every once in a while. I haven't read the english translation, but I wouldn't expect them to change the actual concepts.. it's really great for kids and adults!
HOkey as it sounds, Dr. Laura's book "The Care and Feeding of Husbands" gave me some new perspectives about men. I never would have read this book if it hadn't been the book of the month for my neighborhood book club. The writing sort of irritated me because she kept repeating the same things (maybe to hammer in her points?), but I have to admit that I think I HAD taken my VERY DEAR husband for granted too much and this book helped me look at our relationship in a new light. I didn't appreciate enough how much he does for me and my children, or look at things from his point of view enough. We've had a good marriage for 25 years - but after reading this book and applying some of what she suggests in it - our marriage is even better. We are both more considerate of each other.
I've just finished reading "The Jesus Conspiracy". It is a really interesting read. I felt a connection when reading this book. There were so many gospels that were left out of the New Testament in the Bible (which I have read from cover to cover), and so many questions that many scholars have had regarding His life. Very interesting book.
So, because I have been reading a lot of really serious books lately, I'm going to read something less serious. I am currently re-reading Taltos by Anne Rice. She has such an amazing way of describing New Orleans that puts you right there.
I just finished the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge. It's truly amazing. It's a new perspective on women's roles in society, in God's plan, etc. Very very cool, taught me a lot about myself and my place in this world.
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