Books are so important in my life. I love the ones that make me sit and think about my life and where I’m headed. These ones listed are the game changers for me as I constantly refer back to them for advice, laughter, enjoyment, and whenever I need a good slap in the face or in other words, a good lecture.
I hope you can use my recommendations to better your life in some ways and I would love it if you can comment down below the books that changed your life. Let’s get to it! The 5 books that changed my life…
1. The Bible
I’ll always hold on to this book as my rock. It has everything, from comedy, drama, action, and even some life advice. The words are so honest and true and I can easily get lost once I start reading a passage. There’s just so much good information on each page and there’s a reason why an acronym for the Bible is: Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. This book has everything you need to live a healthy, abundant, joyful life. It has been my best friend in some ways and at points when I didn’t have anyone in my life.
I remember when I first moved to Nashville, TN and I didn’t know anyone there. I had no friends and no family in Nashville, so I was totally alone. The only thing was I wasn’t alone. I had my trusty Bible with me and my relationship with God. Every night I would read a Bible passage and have a conversation with God after. I never felt so secure and safe in my life. In return, God started blessing me with people relationships. I met a girl at work who referred me to a Hmong church nearby Nashville and my relationships keep growing and growing. Reading and learning God’s word has taught me I am never alone and that He will always keep me safe and protected.
My favorite verse is:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20
You can get this book at any hotel, church, homeless shelter, or street corner. I don’t think you’ll have a hard time searching for this book. 🙂
2. The Alchemist
I have probably read this maybe four, five times? I can’t keep count, but it is just that good. It is quick, easy to read and a bona fide classic. This book is described as a fable and it has action as well as a love story. Santiago is the definition of an underdog and it’s so exciting to see him go through his journey to find treasure in the pyramids of Egypt.
This book is all about trusting in yourself, finding strength amidst all darkness, the result of being nice to people, and the real meaning behind material things. There is so much good advice in this little book that I could go on and on and on. Please read it for yourself if you want to know what I’m talking about.
You can get the book here: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
3. Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction
I love positive books that are simple, straightforward and to the point. That is what this book is. There are so many, and I mean so many self-help books that are full of fluff and repeat themselves for days on end, and this is anything but it.
Jack Canfield is no stranger to the self-help book genre. Have you ever heard of those Chicken Soup for the Soul books? It’s great to see him tackle something a little different. This man knows what’s he’s talking about when it comes to achieving anything you want in life. Canfield grew up poor living in at his grandmother’s. But with a positive mindset, clear goals in mind, and using the law of attraction he is where he is at today.
The book has given me a blueprint for laying out my goals and it has helped me keep a positive mindset amidst any adversity. This is one of the only books I am constantly referring back to daily for inspiration and guidance.
If you’re feeling stuck in life I definitely recommend this book to help you redefine your goals and to help you reach any goals you have yet to achieve.
You can get the book here: Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction
As we become happier, more grateful individuals, we create a vibrational match for all the good that the universe has to offer, and we begin to shift the energy of the entire planet.
4. Black and White by Paul Volponi
I remember reading this book in middle school and it has taught me a lot about friendship, race, and the realities of being a certain race. Back when I was reading this book I didn’t think too much about race because I was so young. I was naive about racial discrimination and didn’t experience too much racial tension, even though I was an Asian living in a predominately white community. I did get called names because I was different from the other kids in school, but it was nothing compared to what the character Marcus was experiencing.
The book stars two best friends who identify themselves as Marcus who is black and Eddie who is white. The both get into trouble with the law, but it is Marcus who gets charged for the crime and Eddie gets away scot-free. I won’t give away all the details, but it’s such a chilling story to read when you’re an adolescent. As a teenager, I learned that racial discrimination still exists today, even in places where you think it wouldn’t exist, like the courtroom.
Even though it has been years since I last read this book, it has left such a mark on me that I decided to include it on this list. It was the first book I read in one sitting and I’m thinking you will too if you’re looking for an adventure. I’m just imagining this would make a great movie someday.
You can pick up the book here: Black and White by Paul Volponi
Kids who are different colors don’t get to be all that tight in my neighborhood, but we get past all that racial crap.
5. Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
This book was with me for the first two years of college and it will be right next to me for the last two years. It has motivated me to start writing and it has made me a better writer. I am in love with Fogarty’s style of writing. This could easily be another boring lecture on grammar, but Fogarty adds humor and illustrations to make you understand the rules of grammar. I will forever know the difference between affect and effect, just by reading her book. It is simple and easy to understand. I recommend this to every college student and anyone who just loves to write.
Get this book here: Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Which books has changed your life? Let me know down below. I would love to get recommendations. Til’ next time!