Books that have moved you

For the last few weeks, I’ve been considering purchasing a Kindle. It’s a portable e-book reader that I think is gaining quite a bit of popularity. Given the cost of books and how quickly I devour them, I think a Kindle would be a more cost-effective option for me. The last book I purchased was The Confession by John Grisham. I was in desperate need of a read, I like John’s writing, but the book was only available in hardcover so I caved and spent around $29.99 to buy it. As an e-book, it would have run me about $9.99. Considering the Kindle is $139.99, it would practically pay for itself in seven hardcover books and then…well…let the savings begin! At that rate, how can I not buy one???

Scott supports the idea and with a birthday coming up in March, he figures I am coming into a splurge opportunity. He knows how many books I go through in a year. I’ve never kept count but I’d guess I read around a book every two or three weeks – give or take and depending on the density. That’s around 12 to 16 books a year. Add to that, he thinks I’d actually be more “comfortable” reading on a Kindle than the traditional page turners – interesting – perhaps so?!

I also like the idea of the convenience of it. When I am done reading a book, I wouldn’t have to make a trip to the bookstore. I could just jump online, find the next best thing, click download and TADA – book ready! I don’t know how many times I haven’t anticipated finishing up a read only to be caught with no new material at the bedside – grrrr! This would definitely be a huge plus for me.

Anyone try the Kindle yet – thoughts?

And while we are at it, any great books to suggest?

I am hungry for a book that moves me. I’ve really enjoyed my Philippa Gregory run with the 16th Century Tudor stories and John’s was okay but I am looking for a book that inspires me, motivates me, and all around moves me.

Anyone had that experience with a book before?

For me, the book that has always stood out in my mind as a life changer was Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. Out of his long series of these books, I have only ever read this one, book 1, so I can’t speak to the others but this book helped me completely alter the way I saw myself. I realize that it had a lot to do with where I was in my life; going through a divorce at 28 years old, realizing I had dated the same type of guy for 10 years because I didn’t love myself enough to know that I deserved better. I was realizing the true meaning of personal responsibility and accountability and finally taking a hold of the fact that I was ultimately responsible for absolutely every piece of my life – past, present and future. It was a momentous time in my life to begin with and it was like this book found me, at the perfect time, when I needed it most.

And it spoke to me and it moved me. I read it four times (in a row) and used it to journal extensively. It absolutely played a significant cathartic and healing role throughout this period in my life because it helped me open my mind and learn to love myself. It also helped me open up to a new level of spirituality and enlightenment and enabled me to tap into a lot of the grief and pain I had been carrying around for years with regards to my father’s death and my insane fear of abandonment.

It helped me renew and rebuild myself.

I have given the book as a gift to many of my friends over the years but none have spoken of having the same type of experience with it, unfortunately. I realize it can be a very tough read, especially the first few chapters and the concept can be very difficult for some people to grasp but I loved it. And whether I believe that the answers are the word of God or not matters very little – what was written made sense to me and helped me renew my inner world.

Anyone have suggestions for books that have done that for them?

Or do you have suggestions for really great books to read? I am hoping to create a vast reading list this year.

In the meantime, I may just order my Kindle along with the e-book Conversations with God and read it for a fifth time – I can only imagine what it might bring to my life this time.

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