Has a book ever helped you do something better or maybe changed your life in positive and real way?

Fox

Forum GOD!
'The five people you meet in heaven' - Mitch Albom. It makes you think about yourself.
'Sophie's World' - Jostein Gaarder. It makes you think about everything!!
I have just got Sophies World after a Goodreads recommendation. Really looking forward to reading it.
 

Rufusdog

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Although these books didn't change my life they do underpin my life and affect me every day directly and indirectly: the KJV of The Bible and The Book of Common Prayer. I'm not an outwardly religious person in that I do not attend church or talk about my faith, but I live my life according to the Christian tradition, which I was born into. There are several other books that have made a strong impression on me: Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Rudyard Kipling's Kim, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Red Badge of Courage and Jock of the Bushveld.
 

Redd

A Right Member
Although these books didn't change my life they do underpin my life and affect me every day directly and indirectly: the KJV of The Bible and The Book of Common Prayer. I'm not an outwardly religious person in that I do not attend church or talk about my faith, but I live my life according to the Christian tradition, which I was born into. There are several other books that have made a strong impression on me: Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Rudyard Kipling's Kim, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Red Badge of Courage and Jock of the Bushveld.
Quite sad that for many years it was deemed cool and right-on to pooh-pooh Kipling as a colonial imperialist racist etc.....

A view I deem as complete bollocks.:okay:
 

Nick_S

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There's a few books that I've read over the years that have affected me in different ways. Some have been 'changing' so to speak, others have made you look at things in a different perspective.

Scott Cunningham - many of his books over many years gave me an insight into the inner me.
Jez Rose - Be A Purple Banana. I saw this guy do a speech at a conference earlier this year, and he was brilliant. Makes you look at things in a different way, to try and find the best possible outcome in any scenario is the long and short of his repertoire. I bought the aforementioned book off the back of his speech, it's a great read.
 

matteob

Well-Known Member
Reading Ballantyne's "The Coral Island" and Stevenson's "Treasure Island" as a kid. They gave me a passion for adventure travel that has never left me.
 

pjgh

Forum GOD!
"Has a book ever helped you do something better or maybe changed your life in positive and real way?"

No.

Nor films.
 

bandito

Ex-Addict
Yes - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has helped me with my professional relationships and career.

The Introvert Advantage has enabled me to more fully understand myself and how others might see me- this has been massively empowering.

Living With Depression has given me the confidence to accept that I require assistance in order to produce adequate serotonin.

I would say that the latter books have been literally life changing, but I've waded through a lot of drivel to get to them!
 
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ManicDee

Inside a Big Dark Empty
My favourite book at the moment is "
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k: A Counter-intuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.

This book provides support for someone who wants to live in reality,
someone who doesn't want to buy into our national capitalist mindset that life is about chasing one high after another.
This book encourages you to embrace conflict, to be comfortable feeling uncomfortable,
and to be confident in finding out what you truly believe in, then standing up for it. feck being likeable.
Take responsibility for your own life, stop trying to solve other's problems (a big one for me to work on!), ask questions, and always try to make things better. "Happiness is a struggle."
 

Uncle Bertie

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I love Chesterton! I've audio of the Man Who Was Thursday, which I tend to listen to every year or so. He's really quite pithy in his one liners with a very mdern outlook at times.
 

KAV

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There is a Chesterton society in the US who publish his works, a very rare recording of two BBC recordings and holds lectures etc. I discovered THE COLOURED LANDS book as a child, forgot about him until another great influence on my life, Allan Watts talked about him in a few lectures.
 

churchilllafemme

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When I was around 10 years old, I read a book by James Garfield called Follow My Leader, about a boy who is blinded and eventually gets and bonds with a guide dog. I'm ashamed to admit that before reading it I and a couple cronies used to mock a blind neighbor boy to the point that in his frustration he would try unsuccessfully to hit us with a baseball bat. After reading the book, I saw him, as it were, through new eyes and began to admire his talents and determination. I still remember clearly how amazed I finally was that he could ride a bicycle down the street, making a clicking noise with his mouth and using its echo off parked cars to guide him. He could even make the noise and then tell you what make of car he heard the echo from. Anyway, perhaps I was a little bit less a jerk after reading the book...
 

Britva

Eats steel for lunch


This book has helped, yes [emoji851]

To go from this:


to this:


Also this (a project on hold for the moment):



Thanks for the "real" book suggestions though, I'm downloading some at the moment!
 
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