Thursday, October 08, 2009
"The Book That Changed My Life"
Last night I finished reading "The Book That Changed My Life" , Edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen ("71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books that Matter most to them"). As usual with a good book, I was sorry that it ended.
Most of the 71 writers picked books that I love or are dear to me. Just to mention a few: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Catcher in the Rye, The Imitation of Christ, and Jane Eyre. Some writers chose books that I had never read or even heard of until then but now want to read. What I noticed was that all the stories had one thing in common and that was the intensity of emotion between book and the writer's life.
I have been thinking long and hard about what book I could pick that actually changed my life. I think I would have to say many of the books I love have influenced my life (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Imitation of Christ, The Holy Bible) but the one that changed my life has to be The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi which I read so long ago when the Capuchins were an important part of my life. I would have to re-read the book to see why it impacted me so strongly. All I know that my love for St. Francis is still strong to this day.
I would like to know which book either changed or influenced yours. Please share in the combox.