Ten Most Influential Books in My Life

You gotta be kidding me? A limit of ten? But that’s the challenge going around Facebook these days. You are supposed to create the list without overthinking it or trying to impress anybody.

More or less chronologically, here are some of the volumes that wowed me, but I cheated and there are twelve:

Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett

The New Testament in Modern English translated by J. B. Phillips

Black Like Me by James Howard Griffith

The Deep Blue Goodbye by John D. MacDonald

Moon and the Sixpence by Somerset Maugham

Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

Raney by Clyde Edgerton

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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4 thoughts on “Ten Most Influential Books in My Life

  1. Marion, an old theology guy like you needs to read “The Cousins’ Wars” by Kevin Phillips,
    ISBN 0-465-01369-4 – it’s a history tome that explains the religious differences between sides in the English Civil War, the American Revolution and the American Civil War and how those differences were the same…and still are. If you want to understand the current “divide” in American politics, this is the underpinning. You’ll also find out that the current angst over “polarization” is a creation of the media looking for something to write about. We’ve always been polarized.

  2. Al, I’ve read what you have suggested in the past and will keep doing so. I wasn’t a history guy until past middle age.

  3. J. Earl

    Enjoyed and helped by Dale Carnegie’s books….How to Win Friends……… and… How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Also helped by Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People and When All You Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough. Admire the works of the late author Tony Hillerman…a master at creating suspense. Falling Upward is also on my list. Challenged by the insights of Richard Rohr

  4. Amen and Yes to your list, Earl.

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