What book changed your life?

Tmart901

Pigeon
Women by Charles Bukowski easily changed my life. Yes there’s graphic sex but it’s mainly about the conscious decision to remain a nihilist when things are finally going your way. Absolutely loved this book. It felt like Bukowski was giving me permission to write a book myself. Which I did and hope to publish soon.
 

Sigmata

Chicken
My tastes in spiritual literature are eclectic and lean towards the mystical. Here are some books that have had a profound impact on me:

Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Bhagavad Gita
New Age Tantra Yoga, Howard John Zitko
Surfing the Himalayas, Frederick Lenz
Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell Translation
The Art of War, Sun Tzu
The Desert Fathers, Helen Waddell
The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
The Revolution, Osho
Therese Neumann-Mystic and Stigmatist, Albert Vogel
 
I'm not even finished with E. Michael Jones's "Logos Rising," but it is already having a big effect on me.

It is definitely not the easiest book to read, and some chapters leave a bigger impact than others, but the content is absolutely fascinating. Even for non-Christians, it would be interesting since it talks a lot about Greek philosophy, human history, Hegel and German idealism, and more. I am currently on the chapter on Heisenberg and the science of the World War II era and it is helping to expand my intellectual perception on reality. One of the things I have been thinking about before this book is the relationship between faith and wisdom, and this book is excellent for that. Highly recommended.
 

Polyhistor

Pigeon
„On Aggression“ by the Nobel price laureate Konrad Lorenz. This book discusses the biological function of aggression in both animals and humans, and it describes how the damage caused by aggression is mitigated not by suppressing but by ritualising aggression. Furthermore, Lorenz tells a multitude of fascinating stories from the animal kingdom from fish to apes.
However, that was not the reason why „On Aggression“ changed my life. In spite of attending a Catholic school, I had been educated in the liberal, leftist, constructivist and relativist attitude so prevalent all over the West. At 19, I honestly believed that man has the capability to create himself, to define good and evil and to change the world in any case way he likes.
Reading about innate, genetically determined behaviour changed all that. I understood that not only the physical world is out there, but that there is also a human nature, and that this human nature pretty much determines which morals will work and which not. And the idea that we cannot define ourselves but optimise our pre-existing nature in accordance with pre-existing laws, this idea sent me onto a path which led me, step by step, to the rejection of political correctness, socialism, all the erroneous ideas of the French Revolution and, finally, to the rejection of atheism.
Thus, this book on comparative ethology had the unexpected effect (the author was by no means particularly Christian) to trigger the transformation of a blue-pilled liberal into traditionalist Catholic.
 

Davidovich

Sparrow
Gold Member
Understanding Humans by Gary Opit, a scientist in Australia. Comprehensive scientific overview of Earth, life, and the Universe. 208pp. I was fascinated and read it twice last month. I need to re-read it again this month to get my head around this excellent book. It is basically an update on the entire physical world, including science, astronomy, cryptids, and aliens.
Fortunately it is available as a free download: Understanding Humans & Extraterrestrials Gary Opit 2019.pdf
 
Are there actually books that change your life, or is that more a materialistic, self help, self development, personal growth type of mindset? The only book that changed my life is the Orthodox Study Bible by Thomas Nelson, the New Testament to be more specific. For I realized reading this that all the tens and tens of books I read prior to that had all been a waste of time. Before I came to Christ I would have said that a book like the Fountainhead, or the rational male, or the alchemist, even the game would have changed my life, but were those really permanent, lasting changes? These books were helpful on my quest for the ultimate book, which I have already mentioned and won't repeat ;-) Once you've read it, you will probably come to the same conclusion as I did and realize that all books, even all information in general, was a led up to the ultimate truth, stones on your pathway to reality, truth and light.
 

lev1n

Chicken
Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky

I was reading Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life when it was new, hoping to get more context out of his lectures and to finally find out what the guy really stood for. He ended up boring me, but there were some occasional quotations from Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground that struck me so I gave it a try.

And man, the book did hit me hard. It portrayed a sickly 19th century atheist basement dweller who "respected doctors and medicine" and visited brothels and so on. Your average coomer in the 19th century.
At the time I was a bachelor myself who didn't know any faith all the while I instinctively felt something was missing. It took me some time to understand what Dostoyevsky meant but then I realised he was trying to show me (and everybody else who was ever going to pick up the book) what life was reduced to when isolated from faith, family and tradition.

This book single-handedly destroyed my secular worldview, which in turn allowed me to find my faith.
 

datdude84

Pigeon
This might be a little different of an angle but one of the books that helped warp my interaction with the world was "How to Win Friends and Influence People." No question it improved my relationships and my ability to leave a good impression.
 

J.E.

Robin
As of yet, there are three books that changed my life significantly and I wouldn't be the man I am now if it weren't for those three books:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Bible
The Betrayal of the Body by Alexander Lowen

The first book guided me to Christianity. The second grounded me in Christian understanding and faith, and how ancient people viewed and interacted with the world. The third gave me understanding of the union of mind and body, and insight into the depths of metaphysics and mythology. I read many books, but these are the ones that shaped my character and perception fundamentally.
 
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. One of the best books for Christian men. It got me back into my faith two years ago, and inspired me to look at how I had lost heart through the years.

Also some of the more secular books that changed me earlier in life (mostly classics): Catcher in the Rye, Frankenstein, The Time Machine, Welcome to the Monkey House, About a Boy.
 

M'bare

Woodpecker
Gold Member
Reading The Davinci Code took me on a journey to search for truth and faith, that would become to catalyst for reading the Bible and other books such as The Case For Christ. This ultimately led me to believe in Christ.

Other books I found to be profound:
The Revolution. A Manifesto. By Ron Paul
The Gulag Archipelago, by Solzhenitsyn of course.
Thirty-Seven: Essays on Life, Wisdom and Masculinity by Quintus Curtius
 
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