You've Got to Read This Book!

Do you remember the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" cocreator, Jack Canfield? He has a marvelous book that I think anyone searching for meaning in written text should consider buying and reading. It is a book aptly titled, You've Got to Read This Book, 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life. Also to be included as coeditor is Gay Hendricks who also coauthored Conscious Loving. Several of the contributors and their books that are of particular interest include the following:

Lois Capps: The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey Sachs
Stephen Covey: A Guide for the Perplexed, by E.F. Schumacher and Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankel
Rafe Esquith: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Michael E. Gerber: 100 Selected Poems, by e.e. cummings
John Gray: The Science of Being and Art of Living, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Doris Haddock (Granny D): Peace Pilgrim
Jim MacLaren: The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View, by Richard Tarnas, and of course,
Mo Siegel: The Urantia Book

The book is a great introduction into the notion that by reading books and meditating upon their contents, comparing ideas between authors, genres, and time periods; we can change our consciousness for the betterment of ourselves and our world. Reading and allowing ourselves to be molded by the written word seems, at times, to be lost on Western civilization. This book gives us hope for change and a glimpse of the type of understanding that radically alters the individual's course of destiny.

1 comment:

Richard L said...

This is facinating book with great stories from so many people. I was interested in just what book would have inspired a successful businessman such as Mo Siegel .. surprise the Urantia Book. I had known about the Book and delighted to learn of its influence on others. As Siegel notes, the Book does challange us to ponder,"what'simportant in life?" Thanks Mr. Siegel for your insight and thanks for this web site..