10 Fascinating Reads: Life Inspiring Books People Will Love
I’m curious, how many of you discovered a love of reading in school and how many found it at home, through the conduct of parents, siblings or friends? And if you learned to love reading at school, was it because a teacher assigned a book you would never have otherwise read, or because you were allowed to choose books you wanted to read?
At 59, having beaten back cancer I find the types of books I choose to read has changed again. In my 20’s it was all about Stephen King, in my late 30’s and 40’s while raising children it switched to non-fiction, now it’s inspirational. This is a list of books that changed my life.
I hope you enjoy reading these authors as much as I do and that these books will change your life. They helped me get through hard times or changed the way I view the world and my life. Some are books I have completed, some I am currently reading, some I have pre-ordered and can’t wait to read!
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Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God
Having survived a plane crash in Guatemala that caused the death of her father, brother, and 9 other passengers Sarah was one of three survivors of the crash. In this book she shares her journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. Release is set for August 25, I have pre-ordered my copy and can’t wait to get this book!
I have used this book day after day for years. I write in the negative spaces, dating my entries each year to remember what was happening at that time in my life. This book would make a great gift!
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives
Ok, this is a weird choice for a Christian girl, I know. This book however, radically changed the way I look at life and those ‘weird’ things about life. In a nutshell, I no longer believe we get there as fast as we think we do…we have lessons to learn first. The part about groups of souls finding one another will really make you think.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
It’s tough living in a world where we are constantly exposed to messages about who we should be, what we should do, and how we should act. In Brene Brown’s amazing book I learned how to recognize my personal worth and embrace my vulnerabilities rather than give up on love and relationships. This book is about finding joy.
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
Answering the question, “Why Am I Here?” reduces stress, focuses energy, simplifies decisions, gives meaning to life, and so much more. I bought this for my son thinking I knew the answer to this question, then I read it myself! Great Book!!
Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace
How can a broken, bewildered woman who lost her brilliant PhD nurse sister to suicide, her youngest son to an accidental drug-alcohol interaction on the night of her brother-in-law’s memorial service and her sister-in-law to cancer, four years to the day after her son’s death want to get out of bed and live―let alone out loud and in color? Simple! I had lunch with this author recently and in a word she is captivating! Her story is a gift for anyone needs to find their way through the darkness surrounding grief.
The Last Lecture
“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.” Diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer Professor Randy Pausch’s last lecture asked “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?” This heartfelt book rounds out his ideas about his final lecture and this question before he died.
The Great Divorce
The story is an allegory about a busload of sinners given a hall pass from hell to visit heaven. Once there they learn they can stay if they give up the sins that hold them back. C.S. Lewis beautifully lays out that often we are what holds us back!
Love this book, it is a quick read, I read it the first time cover to cover on a Sunday afternoon. The story of a father who’s youngest daughter was abducted during a family camping trip. There is evidence that she may have been brutally murdered in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his crushing grief, the dad receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there changes his life forever.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love often gets lost on our ‘To-Do’ lists! We forget to compliment, to give gifts, to hug and kiss. This is a book about learning to express love in your spouse’s language. Its ideas are simple, conveyed with clarity and humor.
I look forward to reading your comments about how you came to love reading, your feedback and suggestions!
With a smile, Carlyn 🙂