I’m always a little baffled when people ask me, “What do you like to read?”
I will read fiction, non-fiction, my Bible, newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, instruction manuals….
There really isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t spend at least a little time reading something and my tastes vary fairly widely, though if I think about my all-time favorites, they are all fiction and they all definitely have challenged my beliefs and pushed me to grow in my personal faith in some way.
Some of my favorites (in no particular order) include:
One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz
The Taking by Dean Koontz
Christ the Lord by Anne Rice
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
The Clan of the Cave Bear Series by Jean Auel
The Mittford Series by Jan Karon
Thinking about all this made me wonder – is there a single book that stood out, head and shoulders above the rest? Is there one book I’ve read that shaped my life and made me a better person in profoundly powerful ways?
My first inclination was to say, The Bible. I do believe that everyone should read The Bible and, certainly, it has changed my life but, in this context, I was thinking more of the kinds of books that a person might casually pick up at a thrift store and say, “Hey! This story looks interesting.”
If I had to pick just one perspective, one story, one writer through whose eyes I think everyone should view the world, even if just for a moment or two, I think I would have to pick Gandhi’s autobiography. I can’t imagine anyone reading it and not coming away a little more compassionate, a little more caring, a little more conscious of their place in the great inter-connected web of life.
What do you think? What book should every person read?
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