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I cannot imagine a world without books. I don’t want to.
For me, as for many, they are companions, friends, and retreats into deep sanctuary. I send myself into a book as one would send a beloved to an exotic spa. I descend into suspended animation as a world blooms around me.
I relax, I recharge – yes. And I also learn, I expand, and recognize myself anew.
And then there are the books that change lives.
The books that speak just the right words, in just the right way, at just the right time to facilitate the shift that’s been waiting for me to catch up.
Below are the books that made this kind of a difference at some point in my varied tumble of a life and propelled me to where I am now.
This list is worth millions. No, it’s priceless. Reading these books may not send off fireworks, but they’ll most certainly change your perspective and open you up to new places and make your life more richly lived.
And, good news. It’s free.
1. Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
My first ever mind-bending spiritual book at the ripe age of 17. Thus began the journey.
2. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Reframed for me the idea of ‘enlightenment’. No longer was it a state to achieve and stay in, but one we all have access to anytime, anywhere.
3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I read it in high school, then again at 27. Blew my mind the second time and made me see our culture’s addiction to comfort and easy contentment in a whole new light.
4. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Changed the way I eat, forever. Amen.
5. The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson
Ms. Williamson frames this topic in such a refreshing, succinct way I had to read it twice.
6. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Game changer. The year was 1994. It was the first time I had encountered and fully grasped the notion that we are energetic beings encased in humanly bodies.
7. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Changed my relationship to creativity and helped form my morning ritual forever more.
8. The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
When my life blew me apart, this held me together.
9. Ask and it is Given, by Esther Hicks
Just about everything by Esther and Jerry Hicks (aka Abraham) qualifies as a life changer, but this was the first so it wins the spot on my list.
10. The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggert
Many a night I stayed up way past my bedtime to devour this book. Part science book, part fascinating account of magical things we can do with our thoughts. Sealed the deal for me.
11. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Confession: I listened to this one as I navigated LA traffic. But more than once I skipped back a section to listen again. And cry again. I end with this book because if nothing else, if we are but egotistical specks of dust blowing around the universe, may we live by this man’s words