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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Comments

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  2. Hello Natalie,

    I just started reading your blog about two days ago, but I suscribed already. I think we have a lot in common and like to read your thoughts about things. I actually have a kindle myself. I got it for christmas and have gone completely crazy with it.

    I love it and have already downloaded tons of books. I read 84 books last year (I do keep count haha) and I plan to read 100 books this year. Reading that amount of books it really didn’t go well on my parents’s money (I’m 16).

    The kindle has already payed for itself because I never let go of it. If I finish a book and I’m in the car I can automatically start another one without having to wait, which is something I love. I believe my mom got it for me because I had actually stated reading on my ipod touch. I learned that you can download Amazon’s kindle service on the ipod touch or ipad and read from there, so I already had an account with kindle and everything.

    If I could recommend any two books they would be The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and Three Feet From Gold by Greg Reid and Sharon L. Lechter.

    Three Feet From Gold is the book that has moved me the most in my whole life of reading. It really motivated me to do more than I was doing and to never give up on anything. I really consider it a piece of gold in itself. I borrowed it from a friend, but I will buy it myself because it really is the kind of book that is worth reading over and over. Also is it an easy and fast read, but full of power.

    The Forgotten Garden didn’t move me, it is just a really good novel. I could not let it go from the moment I began it since there is so much going on. I also believe it was one of the most bought books in Amazon in 2009.

    I hope you have the chance to read those books,
    Isabel

    PS: I have two blogs, if you are interested.

    rewritingtherules.blogspot.com
    naesigoldentongue.blogspot.com

    • Thanks so much for the great comment Isabel. I love the feedback on the kindle – it’s great to hear about one person’s excellent experience. I ordered mine yesterday and it should be hear early February so I’ll keep you posted on what I think. And wow – 84 books a year, that’s amazing! I think I am going to start keeping a count on books read for this year as well!! Thanks so much for the two suggestions on books, I’ll defnitely check em’ out and keep you posted on my thoughts. Thanks for reading and subscribing – I look forward to checking out, reading, and commenting on your blogs!

  3. I really want to try out an e-reader. I’m not sure if it can ever replace the feel and comfort of a good book but it sure can be more convenient than a massive hardcover!

    My husband would be happier too, fewer books taking up shelves and shelves of space 🙂

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