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Books That Have Changed My Life

Following my previous post about how much I love to read, I thought I’d share a list of some of books that have changed my life. Literally.

Maybe you’ll see some of your favorites. Maybe some will pique your interest and find their way to your shelves or e-reader.

  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker– The power of love. What it looks like in pure form. What it looks like in pure absence.
  • Value in the Valley, Iyanla Vanzant– One of the first self-help books I’ve ever read. It really names your “stuff” without holding any punches AND sets you on clear paths towards healing.
  • Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield– How do you describe this book in words? A great allegory/prophecy/truth about the true potential of human spirit and how there are forces out there (religion/government) that aim to squelch it
  • Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler- Whoa!! This is fiction?? It surely seems prophetic about what could (will?) happen if the Tea Party and ultra Conservative Right were to win..
  • Buddhism for Dummies, Jonathan Landaw, Stephan Bodian, Gudrun Bühnemann– Yes, I’m talking about those yellow and black books, but this one was really easy for me to read and understand. It definitely informed my practice and path for spiritual resonance.
  • Push, Sapphire– I felt like this was a modern-day version of The Color Purple, even with how the author employs narrative and language. This book also was my first inspiration to teach. Ms. Blue Rain really touched my heart.

That’s enough books for now. I’ll follow-up another time with part 2. In the meantime (hint, hint– the title of another life changer), be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts!


6 comments on “Books That Have Changed My Life

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  2. Rashida
    February 6, 2012

    Great list!

    My books are:

    The Color Purple – of course
    Linden Hills – Gloria Naylor (my all time favorite book)
    Mama Day – also by Gloria Naylor
    Breath, Eye, Memory – Edwidge Danticat
    Zami – Audre Lorde
    Now is the Time to Open Your Heart- Alice Walker
    Black Girl in Paris – Shay Youngblood
    Kindred – Octavia Butler
    Does Your Mama Know – edited by Lisa Moore


    • liberationtheory
      February 7, 2012

      You have some books from my Part 2. I love, love, love Mama Day. That book has left such an impression on me and I think about a scene or a passage from it almost daily.

      Zami– yes!

      Kindred– YES!

      Does Your Mama Know– yes, yes, yes

      I’ve only read Linden Hills once ( I love to read books over and over again so they really sink in) and I remember being captivated by it and thinking of Dante’s Inferno.. I must pick this up again.


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