I read a book several years ago called "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman. It was profound enough to me that now buy copy's to give to loved ones for gifts (b-day, christmas, etc).
To me, the book just provides simple logic and rationale that, if applied to your daily life, can greatly improve your life.
However, it is firmly rooted in Buddhism. A few years goes by and i end up reading Lobsang Rampa. It reignites by interest in Buddhism, and i start
exploring the Sutra's and researching Gautama.
What sold me on Buddhism? Well, two things, really:
1. It seemed logical. Much, much more so than the rigid ceremonies and fantastical miracles in Christianity. There are no contradictions. And, as
you gain more and more insight, it becomes more and more of a self obvious truth.
(I should add that i DO realize that the Rampa story is more fantastical than any miracle in the bible...however much of the Rampa story has been
supported by other avenues of research I have undertaken. The bible has not).
2. It teaches equality and compassion as major tenets. Two major foundations of my own belief system. As well, it lacks control mechanisms that
help to centralize power and increase control over people through purely invented dogma.