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6 Life Changing Books That You Will Never Forget

Amazing Books that Changed My Life
I never knew there were even life changing books out there. I grew up hating books and hating reading. I know hate is a strong word, but it really applied in this case.
My dad loves books. I mean LOVES books. The apartment I grew up in was a railroad style apartment – meaning it had one long hallway from front to back. That hallway was lined with bookshelves holding thousands and thousands of books. And at least one wall in every room in our home was lined with bookshelves – including my room. So my room was mostly my room, but there was that wall with four floor-to-ceiling bookshelves housing my dad’s books that reminded me that it wasn’t entirely my room.

Life Changing Books That You Will Never Forget

In addition to feeling like books were always encroaching on my space at home, I of course had to read them at school. And while lots of academics came easily to me, reading wasn’t one of them. I struggled to learn to read, and even when I mastered it, I was a slow reader. Reading assignments were hard and took forever, and the negative feelings I had around reading overshadowed any story in the book. I did the work, but I never enjoyed it.
Until….
Until one day when I was sixteen and working as a nanny. The parents I worked for were watching the movie “The Wolrd According to Garp” on TV. I sat down to watch it with them, but when they discovered that I hadn’t already read it. I was handed a copy of the book and kicked out of the room.

Amazing Books that Changed My Life

1. The World According to Garp by John Irving

The World According to Garp by John Irving was such a wild ride that I couldn’t help but get pulled into the book. The reading was still slow for me, sometimes I got a headache from eye strain, but for the first time – it was worth it. This was a story like none I had known before, and an author who could clearly create an intriguing and unpredictable world. I finished the book and went on to read A Prayer for Owen MeanyCider House Rules, and more by John Irving. The World According to Garp turned me into a reader.
Life Changing Books
Quotes from this book:
They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other.”
― John Irving
“In this dirty minded world, you are either someone’s wife or someone’s whore. And if you’re not either people think there is something wrong with you….but there is nothing wrong with me”
― John Irving
“Imagining something is better than remembering something.”
― John Irving

2. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan

Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan is a fictional story of a woman’s spiritual experience while on walkabout in Australia. This book first came out when I was in college, and looking back I wonder if it was an early self-published book. Somehow I had a copy that didn’t look all that professional a couple of years before it exploded in popularity. But this book was clearly a treasure box of wisdom and it was my first encounter with a book having a spiritual impact. I felt that way again a few years later when I read The Celestine Prophecy, and have thankfully now read many other spiritually beautiful books.
Life Changing Books
Quotes from this book:
“You either have faith or fear, not both. Things, they think, generate fear. The more things you have, the more you have to fear. Eventually you are living your life for things.”
― Marlo Morgan
“Our words, our actions must constantly set the stage for the life we wish to lead.”
― Marlo Morgan
“The spider’s lesson is never to be greedy. It shows that objects of necessity can be objects of beauty and art as well. The spider teaches us that we can be too easily enraptured with ourselves.”
― Marlo Morgan

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3. Diet for a New America by John Robbins

Diet for a New America, by John Robbins (as in Baskin Robbins) had a huge impact on my life. Though I had always considered myself to be a compassionate person and someone who cares about the environment (I recycled), I had never examined the impact of my food choices. John Robbins made me never want to eat meat again. I haven’t eaten meat in twenty years. People ask if it’s hard, and the truth is that it isn’t hard at all. I ate meat for half my life. I know what it tastes like, but it’s easy to avoid because I don’t want it. It’s easy to avoid the things we don’t want. Diet for a New America lead me to Chew on This by Eric Schlosser, Animal Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and many other great books. And it brought me to a healthier lifestyle that has improved my life and my carbon footprint.
Life Changing Books
“Your life does matter. It always matters whether you reach out in friendship or lash out in anger. It always matters whether you live with compassion and awareness or whether you succumb to distractions and trivia. It always matters how you treat other people, how you treat animals, and how you treat yourself. It always matters what you do. It always matters what you say. And it always matters what you eat.”
― John Robbins
“Animals do not ‘give’ their life to us, as the sugar-coated lie would have it. No, we take their lives. They struggle and fight to the last breath, just as we would do if we were in their place.”
― John Robbins
“The joy is that we can take back our bodies, reclaim our health, and restore ourselves to balance. We can take power over what and how we eat. We can rejuvenate and recharge ourselves, bringing healing to the wounds we carry inside us, and bringing to fuller life the wonderful person that each of us can be.”
― John Robbins

4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

By the time I was a young adult, I had turned from a reluctant reader into an avid reader. And I felt that I had missed many great books, so I went back to read some things that I might have read earlier. My first stop was I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. When I finished that, I didn’t read a thing until I had read her complete bibliography. What an amazing human being! I am grateful that I had the opportunity to hear her speak a few years ago.
Life Changing Books
Quotes from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
“Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”
― Maya Angelou
“Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.”
― Maya Angelou

5. Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

When I had my first baby, a friend gave me Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott. It’s the story of her first year of motherhood. Of course having a baby changed my life, but so did Operating Instructions and every Anne Lamott book I read after that – which is all of them. She reminds me that life is messy and life is hard. It can be too easy to believe that the problems I have are my problems, instead of universal problems. Her raw, candid telling of all her messiness helps me keep things in perspective and inspires me that there’s room for greatness amidst the chaos.
books that can change your life
Quotes from the book:
“And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.”
― Anne Lamott
“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.”
― Anne Lamott
“So how on earth can I bring a child into the world, knowing that such sorrow lies ahead, that it is such a large part of what it means to be human?
I’m not sure. That’s my answer: I’m not sure.”
― Anne Lamott

6. Hypatia Academy

The book that has changed my life the most is Hypatia Academy. I had always enjoyed writing, and had written several books. They were fun to write, and that’s great, but that was all. Writing Hypatia Academy was transformative. This book came from deep within me to be birthed into the world. It has been enjoyed by many people, but I am the one who enjoys it the most. The message is the message I was sharing not only with my readers, but with myself. The whole experience of writing and publishing it brought me to my new career in publication and the other transformative books that have come with that so far: Unexpected Gifts: My Journey with My Father’s DementiaNew MoonS.T.U.C.K.: Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being, and others that I can’t disclose yet. All because of Hypatia Academy.
Life Changing Books
Books are a great form of entertainment and insight. They can’t all be life-changers for the reader, but many are; and many more are life-changers for the authors. I don’t know what wonderful books I missed out on in my years of avoiding reading, but I’m so glad to be making up for lost time now.

Which one of these life changing books will you add to your reading list? What other inspirational books would you add to this list?

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