It took me all day to come up with a topic to write about today. I finally came up with two and decided on this one. What books have you read that have made a difference in your life?
For me, there are two: Gift From The Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. I read Lindbergh's book years ago and have probably re-read it once since. I just finished Didion's book and was so moved by it. Lindbergh's book helped me appreciate what I had in life and take the time to be happy with my world. Didion's book is a testament to the endurance of love. She describes how she coped with her husband, John Dunne's, sudden death and the subsequent illness of her daughter. It's about coming to terms with life and death and getting on with one's life.
I'm a voracious reader, but I do not re-read books. Gift From The Sea and The Year of Magical Thinking have had such lasting effect on me that I will read them yet again. I might add Mitch Albom's Five People You Meet In Heaven to that list.
What books are on your list?