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Conversations With God
by Neale Walsh is a great read! Other terrific reads are:
1.) The Bible
One doesn't have to be religious in order to appreciate the sheer art and poetry of this collection of mythologies. Whether one is religious or not,
that this book is a collection of mythologies is undeniable. Myths are works created to instruct and offer lessons to life through entertaining ways.
No doubt this book can be beneficial in its instruction and very entertaining.
Of all his works this is my favorite of his. While it addresses primarily the mechanics of art, it profoundly simple in its assessment and adds to
the rich tapestry that is humanity.
A basic primer into the workings of civilization and human morality
3.) The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
This book is predicated on the tragedy of war and its inevitability due to the human condition. It is not a praise of war but a profound respect for
the very real tragedies induced by war. Sun Tzu attempts to create principles of strategy that would greatly reduce the tragedies of war.
4.) Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu
A book fundamental to Taoism, it offers many in insights in to Tao meaning the "way" or "path". The Tao is an Eastern philosophy designed to
describe the true nature of of nature. The Tao precedes the universe and will exist long after the universe is gone, according to the Tao and the Tao
Te Ching is an excellent primer into this philosophy.
5.) The Story of Civilization
by Will and Ariel Durant
An eleven volume set that encompasses the great civilizations since time immemorial it is packed with history, philosophy and remarkable insights and
any person who reads this work is richer for it.
6.) The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang
Maybe the best way to describe this remarkable book is by quoting the author himself. Here are just a few gems from that book:
“Only those who take leisurely what the people of the world are busy about can be busy about what the people of the world take leisurely”.
“Time is useful because it is not being used."
This is a great book that stresses the wisdom of living life leisurely if one hopes to gain wisdom. Great advice from a great sage.
7/) The Fountainhead
and Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
While Ayn Rand clearly lacked a spiritual exuberance, what she lacked in spirituality she made up for in an unbridled praise of the individual. No
philosopher or writer before or since has endeavored to defend and validate the power of the individual as much she. Since the advent of publishing
the only book to ever sell more copies than hers is the Bible and that book surpasses her sales by far...well, maybe the Harry Potter books have done
so recently as well and just might catch up to the Bible, but Rand's book remain extremely popular and profoundly affect the peoples lives who read
8.) Jonathan Livingston Seagul
by Richard Bach
Short, sweet and straight to the point it is yet another ode to individuality and the power of will and the dreams that drive them.
9.) The Hero of a Thousand Faces
by Joseph Campbell
It was Campbell who realized the remarkable similarity to myths across the world and their lasting power were so because of what these myths
endeavored to accomplish with their message. This book chronicles the hero's journey and breaks it down into its universal and essential stages.
The mythic hero is intended to inspire each of us to be heroic ourselves. If we dare to rise up to the challenge, Campbell's book explains clearly
the stages we can expect to go through and what exactly that means.
10.) Any Works by...
This man has pretty much said all there is to say and no one has ever said it better. From Kings and Queens to fools and paupers, all impart pearls
of wisdom in the most poetic and astonishing ways. Can't ever loose by reading Shakespeare.
Great thread, thank-you.