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What Book Has Inspired You?

I'm currently rereading Eat, Pray, Love because I loved the message so much. It reminded me how important it is to nurture yourself and to never let anything stop you from doing what you want. It inspired me to take more time for myself and to not feel bad about putting my needs first. It also motivated me to write in my journal more, learn how to play guitar (a long-time goal), and spend more time with my friends and family.

There must be a book out there you've read that's touched or inspired you in some way, so tell us about it in the comments below.

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DCStar DCStar 9 years
I cannot believe I forgot: Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl. Eat, Pray, Love is a fun indulgence, but if you want to get to the marrow of your soul and search deep within yourself, read this book.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
i will have to go out and get Eat, Pray, Love, a friend just recommended it, plus all you guys have as well. definitely on my 'read' list, now!
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I am also reading Eat, Pray, Love right now and I am really loving it. Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone also really inspired me.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. It's about family, unconditional love and forgiveness.
demeter demeter 9 years
Speak by Lurie Halse Anderson. It's a beautiful book.
nikecold nikecold 9 years
The Alchemist is a good book. I also liked the Lovely Bones well I didn't like the whole possesion part, but it gave me a new view on death and I liked that it didn't sugarcoat the whole situation, you could see how much the loss of one person destroys that family.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. It's great.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
emalove emalove 9 years
I love to read and am always in the middle of one or two novels. There have been many that have touched me or inspired me in some way.
millarci millarci 9 years
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke is definitely an aspiring book. As an aspiring artist, it gave me hope.
Mpiwko13 Mpiwko13 9 years
Another really good book is The Alchemist! READ IT!
sandinmytoes sandinmytoes 9 years
Based on all of your recommendations, I went out to buy this book today. It sounds like just what I need to read right now. Thanks!
Tullia Tullia 9 years
Maybe "cut" by Patricia McCormick
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
One of the most inspring books I have read is "Into The Wild" which was recently made into a movie with Emelie Hirsch. This is a book about a young man who doesn't agree with society and conformity and feels that he needs to get in touch with his natural roots. This book made me want to drop everything and live off of the wilderness except I enjoy my comfort food and late night television! This book makes you realize that you cannot take anything for granted, that life goes way beyond anything material and that sometimes the people who you are running away from are the people that care about you most. Go read it or if you are too lazy see the movie though the book is much better!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I read alot of books but one of my favorites is by Petra Nemcova 'Love Always, Petra' She almost lost her life in the Tsunami in Thailand on Dec. 26. Her boyfriend died in the Tsunami.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Read Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. It's a collection of short stories, you're bound to find one that resonates with you. I found "Eat, Pray, Love" too self-obsessed, too melodramatic and it began to bore me so that I had to force myself to read the entire third section. The Fountainhead is always a classic inspirational read as well.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I have been meaning to reas eat, pray, love ... this will be on my winter break list along with Tales of the Female Nomad. The book I read was Instructions to the Cook by Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields. It's about zen teachings, and how the authors wanted to help create a life for those who didn't have anything or anyone.
Papaya Papaya 9 years
I read Eat, Pray, Love also, and it's been amazing. Early last year I went through a break up with my boyfriend of 2.5 years. I didn't know how to find any strength in myself. Then I read this book, and I felt like I'd gone through so much of the same things as the author (obviously not going to Italy or Indonesia, but some spiritual and food awakenings for sure :P)
alltherage alltherage 9 years
i read this book last year. i was getting out a of a relationship and it was perfect. i didnt like hte character in teh beginning but i began to understand and like her as i went on. it was really great to go on her journey-- i learned a lot about myself. i need to reread.... my favorite book that really touched me was the color purple by alice walker. i read it when i was 14 for the first time. a lot of it is quite shocking and explicit. but what i got at the end was a woman who overcame it all thru adversity and powerlessness she came thru and became her own. its a great message and inspiring and is one of those books u can open to a page randomly and get lost in.
karlotta karlotta 9 years
I actually read this book, after meeting the author (I was shooting an interview of her about the book), and it is definitely my book of the year too. She's an amazing person, she gives off this incredible aura of peace and kindness, and I was in such turmoil at the time, she really struck a chord with me - so I went out and bought her book as soon as I got out of the studio. It's a life-changing experience. It really makes you think about all the little things and all the big things that make your life what it is, and all the ways in which you have the power to change it and make it a better place for yourself. Not that the book replaces your own journey of self-discovery, but it definitely makes you want to get on the road right away and start being happy. I finished the book while packing my last box, and moved to Europe to be with my boyfriend. And I'm really, really happy now, and I think making this huge change, giant move, would have been 10 times harder if I hadn't been reading her book and sharing her experience at the same time I was going through it myself. It made me feel less alone... It's also incredibly funny. Go buy it!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I haven't even had to time to finsih any book this year, horrile eh?
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
That book looks good- I want to get it now! I really really loved 'Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold. It gives such a refreshing outlook on death and where your loved ones go.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
"Why bad things happen to good people" by Harold Kushner
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