Sep 6, 2013 / 5:00 am
For me, and maybe a lot of readers, books are the door to a parallel existence, and a key to expanding my perception of the world around me. Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, mysteries, cookbooks, biographies – I just can’t get enough. But there are particular books that leave us transformed in some way, better for having taken the time to devour every last word. Although difficult to choose, following are five exceptional reads that changed the way I view the world and enriched my life in some way, and continue to do so.
1. Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain; www.shaktigawain.com. The author’s first book, first printed in 1978, has aided everyone from pro athletes to successful artists to achieve their dreams and goals. Personal results from using the exercises in this book have been miraculous. Truly.
2. Vulture’s Picnic by Greg Palast; www.gregpalast.com. New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast opens our eyes to the vast corruption and bribery that occurs in the world of power, politics, corporations, and all those other entities we tend to despise. A real shocker about the total lack of ethics and greed that rule many countries. Conspiracy theorists love him. You’ve been warned.
3. The Art of Living by Epictetus, reinterpreted by Sharon Lebell. A classical manual on virtue, happiness, and effectiveness as interpreted by the author. Originally written by Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus, born a slave in 55 AD. A valuable guide on the importance of using your intellect to steer your life in the right direction and remain focused on what is truly important. And leave the rest in the dust.
4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle; www.eckharttolle.com. Spiritual common sense for people of all walks of life, no matter what your beliefs may be. One of the rare wise beings on this earth. His other books have the same effect – all peace-inducing.
5. Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman; www.ritagoldengelman.com. An inspiring story to live your life according to your soul’s desires, and break out of the constraints of what society attempts to mold us into. This book asks you to look within and own your choices, to be an original like its’ author.
Is there a book you’ve been meaning to read? Or have you been stuck on one genre, afraid to change over for fear of reading something you don’t like? Pop into your local bookstore, library, or go online and venture out into new possibilities. A feel good transformational experience may only be one chapter away.
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