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!

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