What book changed your life?

bucky

Pelican
It doesn't HAVE to be in finance, could ofcourse be something else, most important is that he might get some interest for books. I will check out the suggestions, thanks!
Yes, try Conan and John Carter of Mars. I loved them when I was that age. Really helped give me a sense of adventure and inspire me to travel when I was older. Although they probably also gave me a pretty unrealistic idea of how violence works in the real world.
 
David Bach’s “Automatic Millionaire” is very easy to read. An intelligent 12 year old should be able to grasp and make good use of it, given he has the temperament to read about such a boring topic without losing interest.
 

fokm

Sparrow
Gold Member
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Its too bad his infomercial image has overpowered the content of his work because it ts the real deal
This one right here. I read it last year and my wife told me she saw an instant change. What's great about it is that it gets very specific on what you need to do and how to change some of your patterns/habits, and it's written in a plain conversational way. Cannot recommend enough.
 

Mister Crowley

Sparrow
Gold Member
Can I ask a dumb question. I want to start understanding Christianity but I have no idea where to start in terms of the Bible. What one do i get? There are all these variations — King James Version, Old Testament, New Testament. Any links or old threads that can help? Thanks in advance!!

King James version. I also recommend using Halley's Bible Handbook
 

katz

Newbie
Many books have changed my life in different ways.

Some mentions are:
  • The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Crime And Punishment
  • Deep Nutrition
  • Mastery
 

Spartan85

Pigeon
Obviously not that easy getting a 12 year old to read about finance, but was hoping maybe it was something out there that could be easy to read for someone younger. Doesn't need to be so "deep", just learning about savings could go far I think.

It seems that no kids these days is reading anything at all outside of school, not even comics. If they dont read now, will they ever read anything by their own will?
Any advice on a book we can give to the younger kids? I have a nephew who is 12 years old and I was thinking to give him something in personal finance and savings, his parents aren't exactly the best when it comes to finances. I guess he is like most other kids these days, spends way to much time on their phone playing stupid games, so I would be really happy if I could make him read a book in this subject!
I agree with some of the others on their recommendation of Bachelor Pad Economics. Dave Ramsey's books are pretty good. Another good read which uses a story to illustrate sound principles for saving is Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. In addition by far the greatest books a young man could read are Kenneth W Royce's books titled "Modules for Manhood." They have them on kindle for 8 dollars a volume.
 

beta_plus

Pelican
Not one specifically, but Aaron Clarey's, aka Captain Capitalism, books and writings allowed me to articulate something very important that I could never do myself.

When I was 17, when people what I wanted to do with my life, I would say "I want to be useful". Even in the early 90s, I was dark purple pilled enough that I could tell that much of what I was expected to study would not pay. What I did not realize was that even Mechanical Engineering and many Computer Science degrees would not pay.

While not the only denizen of the manosphere to do so, Clarey explained better than anyone else that the education for which employers will reward you was for SKILLS. They do not want to pay for academics, including math based STEM, by itself.

Having that word did wonders for me getting what I needed to turn my career around.

As a partial result, from 2010 to 2020 I went from being unemployed to making over $100K.

 

Matianus

Sparrow
Dostoyevsky changed my life. Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, The Demons and The Idiot are all classics.
Which Dostoyevsky novel would you recommend to someone who has not read any of his novels?

The book that changed my life was Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo (Unabridged and Penguin edition). It is an excellent novel that, while lengthy, is a fast-paced read. It is about a man who is betrayed by those closest to him, his subsequent transformation from a boy into a man, and his vengeance. I am planning on re-reading for the 3rd time, and applying a Christian lens now that I am a believer.
 
I have countless life changing books, but I guess I will narrow it down to mostly the classics.

The Bible (NT)

The Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart by John Amos Comenius

Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation & Political Control by E. Michael Jones

City of God by St. Augustine

Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas

Republic by Plato

Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
 
Which Dostoyevsky novel would you recommend to someone who has not read any of his novels?
Dostoyevksy can be quite challenging, they are dense with words (seems to be a Russian trait) and it is necessary to persist with them when you start, but the payoff is worth it. I would suggest as a first novel Crime and Punishment, it is probably the shortest of the novels I mentioned, but it contains all the great themes of his writings in microcosm. In short, if you didn't like this one you probably would not like the others. Basically Crime and Punishment is Dostoyevksy's refutation of Nietzscheism - specifically the idea of the superman - the exceptional human being who can and should disregard human morality in order to advance human civilization. The protagonist of the novel Raskolnikov is an impoverished student corrupted by the influence of atheistic philosophy in his university. He conceives a plan to murder an elderly female pawnbroker and steal her money, rationalising it to himself that she is a parasite and that he will use the money to become a great man and philanthropist. After breaking the moral law everything immediately begins to go wrong for him.

I have re-read this novel several times since I first read it as a young man in the mid-90s but I never forget the first time. When I came to the final page it felt almost physically painful for the story to be over. One particular scene that was particularly memorable is a confrontation between Raskolnikov and the detective investigating the murder of the old woman, I think his name is Porfirovich or something like that. He says to Raskolnikov that it is misconception that people think his job largely consists of hunting down evidence and tracking down murderers, on the contrary he says many of them come to him and confess on their knees begging forgiveness as if he were a priest. Another passage that strikes me as been very prescient of our times is Raskolnikov's dream towards the end - he dreams of a world where a virus breaks out across the globe but the disease causes the sufferer to believe that the healthy are the sick and that he alone is healthy.

The prevalent themes in Dostoyevsky's great novels is of man without God. The Demons is basically about the rise of socialism, a philosophy that he claimed - correctly - would flood the world with blood. A svengali character in this book who is the leader of a socialist cell admits to one of his group that he is "a scoundrel and not a socialist" and that his only true goal is power. He says the following memorable lines - I am paraphrasing because I don't have my print copy with me at the moment but it is something like this:

"There are many all across Russia right now who work for the cause of socialism and don't even know it. The teacher who ridicules our traditions and teaches children to laugh at their God is ours. The lawyer who says that all crime is the result of evil environment already belongs to us. And all across Russia the mothers are drunk, the children are drunk, the churches are empty..."

Dostoyevsky seems to be the lone voice speaking against what we would today called progressive politics in his time and for that reason can be considered to be more that a writer but in fact a prophet, and his books have a completely contemporary feel to them for the things that are happening in the USA and throughout the world.

Anyway, good luck, I hope you get even half the joy I got from his books, if they turn out to be your type of thing you are in for a treat.
 

Simideus

Newbie
For me it was The Divine Comedy’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri (Dorothy L. Sayers translation), which I read when I was 12.

It completely reshaped my view of what poetry and philosophy could consist of, and the most lasting memories I formed were that

1. The Punishment of Hell is just the Sin, revealed for what it really is.

2. Sodomites and Usurers ended up together in the Circle of Violence, in the constituent Third Ring: The Abominable Sand, for those violent against God, Art, and Nature. This prefigured for me Dr. Jones’ Barren Metal.
 

stugatz

Kingfisher
It's going to be weird for me to say it, but Elliot Rodger's "My Twisted World" manifesto. I have reread it multiple times since 2016, and I get the chills every time - because that dude was me for much of my 20s. I realized I'd dodged a bullet, and am thankful to be where I am today, even though I have long way to go until I'm entirely proud of it.

We all like to laugh at Elliot Rodger and incels, but I was very angry at women when I started college, and had things gone slightly differently, I could have self-destructed in a way similar to him.

I'm happy I found you guys - you're all about self-improvement, and a group of like-minded men online suffering the same grievances gave me hope. It also led me to rediscover religion.
 
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