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What are the most inspiring books you have ever read?

I am currently reading "Tuesdays With Morrie" and its probably the best book I have ever read. It has changed my life. And so I was wondering, What are some of the most inspiring books that you have read in the past? I am on summer vacation and I want to use most of my time in books. so please recommend a book for me to read! Thank you very much!

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    Jun 24 2012: “The Essays” by Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592) The original blogger - the inventor of written self reflection - the philosophy of life from a personal perspective - wonderful (the Penguin Classic is probably the most accessible)

    “How to Live” by Sarah Bakewell - a book about Michel Montaigne - perhaps read before attempting The Essays.

    “Why Love Matters” by Sue Gerhardt - a must read before starting a family

    “How to be Free” by Tom Hodgkinson - a light hearted but wise book about why the puritan work ethic is bad for your health, wealth and happiness - and what you can do about it.

    “Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered” by E. F. Schumacher

    “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning” by James Lovelock - sorry to depress you but you need to know what a mess the planet is in!

    “Choosing Simplicity” by Linda Breen Pierce - how to live without messing up the planet

    “Eternal Echoes” by John O'Donohue - Celtic spirituality about our need to belong

    “India's Unending Journey” by Mark Tully and “Chasing the Monsoon” by Alexander Frater - just in case you fall in love with India as I have.

    “The Case for God” by Karen Armstrong - in case you meet a militant atheist and wish to enter into a debate

    All these books are available as e-books or in print - try your local library but don't forget I'm British so not all my selection may be avaialbe in US Libraries.

    Enjoy! It'll take more than your summer vacation - don't forget to get out and have fun!
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    Jun 24 2012: 1. The Bible
    2. Mere Christianity; by C S Lewis
    3. Think And Grow Rich; by Napoleon Hill
    4. Towards Mental Expliots; by David Oyedepo.
    5. The Journey; by Billy Graham.
    6. It's Time For Your Comeback; by Tim Storey
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    Jun 26 2012: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
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    Jun 25 2012: Pilgrim's Progress.
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    Jul 24 2012: The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
    The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris
    Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
    The High Frontier by Gerard K. O'Neill
    Mining the Sky by John S. Lewis
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
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    Jul 21 2012: The one book that influenced me the most was John Brunner's The Sheep Look Up. Partly because it is a fantastic novel and partly because it resonated with such clarity at a particular time in my life. Sadly I lack a copy at the moment, but by way of John's own selection of Milton...

    The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed,
    But swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw,
    Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread ...
  • Jul 17 2012: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
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    Jul 3 2012: All of them. Each contributes something different. Since you have only been here for four years I would recommend Thomas Paine: Common Sense.

    I like Dick Francis books. They are clean, well researched, educational, and good stories.

    Louis L'Amour: The Last of the Breed. A heck of a story

    Tom Clancy: Any

    Dan Brown: Any

    John Grisham: Any

    Its summer. Read for fun. All of these will relax you and keep you interested in the story.

    All the best. Bob.