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Name a book that changed your life.

Topic #68 Brought to you by Plinky.com: Name a book that changed your life. What influence did it have on your…

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  1. There have been dozens. Most recent was:

    The Winter of our Disconnect. How to survive without ‘screens, technology and the internet!

    Mostly I read about ‘escaped’ trapped women. It stops me complaining about anything. I have even befriended, and helped, one of the escapees. She’s an amazing person and wants to become the next prime minister of the country she was kidnapped from.

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  2. I’m not sure I could say it changed my life, but… ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ – bloomin’ lummy that’s a good book! It reminded me how much joy there is in the really classic stories, and that book alone was the catalyst that got me reading regularly again after a bit of a hiatus. Harper Lee – I thank you.

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  3. The Great Smile Robbery by Roger McGough. I read it when I was about 10 and was amazed by the characters and the amazing idea that someone could steal your smile. :D

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  4. There can only be one book that has changed my life The Bible… Not the St James version but one written in normal everyday language. It was a fantastic book with a great story and it changed my life completely.

    Try Reading it! and see for yourself

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  5. “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Beautiful story about human relationships. Especially the part where Atticus tells his kids to imagine living in someone else’s shoes before judging them.

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    1. Would you write a little about the book ” The wisdom of anxiety” by Alan Watts, Jean.
      Would love to read a review on it first.
      Thanks in Advance

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  6. The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck
    It’s been so long, but…. I remember the jammed emergency brake cable part. Becoming aware that my helplessness habit when confronted with a problem didn’t let me relax and really “look” for the solution. I went to work that night and when the toilet didn’t flush, (there was no one there to fix it), I looked at the problem logically and figured out how to fix it. It was such a small thing but huge for me.

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    1. I agree, in the respect that the series changed my life as I became so engrossed in the stories that I put off many important homework assignments and even going to class just so I could lay in bed and read! :)

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  7. How bout one line from a story? I was always… unsettled by the line from Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground: “… an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything… an active man is pre-eminently a limited creature.”

    I think of myself as a thoughtful, nerdy guy. It was haunting to read and I’ll admit I was a little defensive. But what I took from the line is that perfect can be the enemy of the good and sometimes you just have to make a decision.

    So thanks underground man, I’m more assertive nowadays because of you!

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  8. Honestly? I don’t think any book has changed my life and I’ve read all the books listed above save two. All books influence my thoughts, attitudes, and actions. If there were a book that made me want to write I’d say The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and then later The Stand by Stephen King.

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