50 thoughts on “Question of the Day – 7/16/16

      1. Thought I’d just mention that although the Bible was inspired by God, He used various men to write it. I would also say that this book has influenced me most – not just as a spiritual text but also as literature. In terms of the latter, I particularly like The Message version by Eugene Peterson – so poetic!

  1. Great question! My most influential #2 (honestly) Judith Viorst’s Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published when my first son was three. We never made it to Australia, but we read it almost daily as the boys grew. It reminded us to look at our problems from a different perspective. My #1 James from the Bible..

  2. The Boxcar Children made me fall in love with books and reading when I was a kid. Reading for pleasure has been a huge influence in my life. The Hobbit & LOTR made an impact. I always remember them when I feel like I am too small to make a difference in the world.

  3. 1984 George Orwell. Did not think II would get into it. Powerful and shocking read . It made me fear for our world even more than I do now but it also showed me to fight for my beliefs. I don’t want to become a robot.

  4. To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it first as a freshman in high school and related to Scout as a character. I read it again in my 30’s and related more to Atticus. I read it again last year in anticipation of the alleged sequel, Go Set a Watchman, and had a totally new take. As Scout talks about Atticus as being an ‘old’ father I realized that she was the same age as my youngest daughter and I was older than Atticus. It gave me perspective on what my daughter might be thinking.

  5. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. Recommended reading for every white person to begin to understand how the color of one’s skin changes how they are treated.

  6. Me before you. ๐Ÿ™ i know it’s all the hype but i have read it way before it becomes a movie. And the life lesson that Will try to instill to Clark of expanding your horizon and trying new things is just so on point. ๐Ÿ™

  7. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. It was suggested in a domestic violence support group I attended years ago. It’s a nonfiction self-help book that shows how to spot subtle cues of violent behavior before it’s too late. For DV survivors, it also helps show the mindset we get accustomed to and how we miss the triggers because of the abuse we have suffered (at least that’s how I interpreted it when I read it).

  8. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Mรกrquez. I’ve read it a dozen times and I never tire of it, it’s just hauntingly beautiful. I also consider myself fortunate that I can read it in Spanish.

  9. There are a few of them. The first one was a hardly own book that is considered a masterpiece of underground literature titled: “Voyage to Arcturus” by Jack Lindsay. The second was Alice in Wonderland. The the third Candide by Voltaire and the fourth Don Qixote by Cervantes. It may be strange that I’ve included Alice in Wonderland but few people realize that Wonderland represents the crazy world of adults while Alice represents reason. When one looks at the world of today it’s nor different in degree of madness and absurdity from Wonderland.

  10. The Greatest Thing Ever Known by Ralph Waldo Trine. This mans work will change your life! He can be a bit difficult to understand at first because he writes in a more formal English than we are used to but once you wrap your head around it you should have no problems.

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