Books That Changed My Life

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I haven’t read that many books for a long time now. So when dear Cathy invited me to her meme on Books that Changed my Life, I wasn’t sure if I can come up with a list. I told her these books encompass the 40 plus years of reading books.

Here goes:

One book that changed your life:

The Purpose-driven Life:  What on Earth Am I Here For?
The Purpose-driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
The book inspired me to move beyond the pain of losing a son . Because the book talks about starting a service, I initiated the formation of The Compassionate Friends Philippines with the help of Cathy and Alma.

One book you have read more than once:

Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books)
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seus
I’ve read this over a hundred times that I have memorized it by heart, haha. This is one of my favorite children’s book and often read it to the kids at bedtime. I also read it to nurtture my inner child. I know …I know it shows I don’t read much.

One book you would want on a desert island:

The Holy Bible because it is the time to re-read it in a quiet place.

One book that made you laugh:

The Everything Cat Book, Features Expanded Information on Cat Breeds!: All You Need to Know About Caring for Your Favorite Feline Friend (Everything: Pets)
The Everything Cat Book by Steve Duno

This book made me laugh because my husband (who isn’t a cat lover) bought it for me. I think it’s such a loving gesture. It shows how much he cares about my love for cats.

One book that made you cry:

Lament for a Son
Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff

I read this book to understand a father’s grief and the pain my husband had to go through.

One book you wish had been written:

How (NOT) to live with your in-laws” or perhaps “How to please your mother-in-law without losing yourself

One book you wish had never been written:

How to Make War (Fourth Edition): A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Warfare in the Twenty-first Century
How to Make War (Fourth Edition): A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Warfare in the Twenty-first Century

We should make love not war.

One book you are currently reading:

Make your Words Work– by Gary Provost
I want to learn how to write but my sluggish brain can only take in new concepts one day at a time.

One book you have been meaning to read:

The Power to Change Your Life (Living with Purpose)
The Power to Change Your Life by Rick Warren

A newly bereaved mother who lost 2 children( and no surviving child) in one year gave me this book . She said that this book helped her move towards a positive resolution of her grief. Oh my god, her pain is double. I cannot imagine her pain at all.

Now it’s your turn… Happy week-end to everyone!

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1388 Posts)

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  • You have a couple of titles listed which I’d like to get. Great list and wonderful presentation!

  • Hey there! Have just come down from the fortress… LOL Thanks for creating the list and yes, as Senor Enrique said – ganda! What a nice presentation! Seeya soon 🙂

  • I also love Dr. Seuss. I think I’ve memorized all of them. No, I’m just exaggerating. 🙂 I’ve never read them as a kid. But when I started having my own, I bought the collection. I also read the books to them at bedtime and of course when they learned to read, they would read them over and over. My favourite one is “Are you my mother?”

  • Olga

    hi Noemi! when that book about THE MOTHER-IN-LAW is finally written, and you happen to know about it … please let us know … I am sure a lot of us will be eternally grateful 🙂

  • @olga- I am sure it will benefit a lot of Filipino families. My husband is lucky, he doesn’t have a father and mother in law. Only loving siblings in law.

  • lemon

    noemi, your “book about the mother-in-law” sent me into fits.LOL. true, very, very true, it should be written.

  • @lemon- it’s a hard book to start. I think an interview should be done to daughter in laws who are in a good relationship with their mother in laws. A lot will really benefit from this book. I swear.

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  • Lisa


    I always read your blog. You are a courageous, religious and successful person. I like your topics and even moreso love your humbleness. Despite your upper middle class life, you never brag about it. You are so unlike some bloggers that exhibits there wares and personal things (in photos) sa blog. Keep it up


  • @Lisa-Thank you for the kind words. Material goods are nothing if we can’t use it for a higher purpose.