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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:29 pm 
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Zen In The Martial Arts by Joe Hyams. Lots of insights applicable to every aspect of Life, The Universe and Everything. Short stories, some include Bruce Lee, that make a good subway read too.

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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I'm reading a book on secret societies. I am prepared for stigmas to be removed and for gaps of knowledge to be filled in :D


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another vote for "skinny bitch" :D it totally blew my mind. that combined with the peta videos of the animals being abused caused me to go vegan cold-turkey

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Most influential dealing with animal rights (at least partially): The Broken God by David Zindell

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Zen mind, beginners mind - Shunryu Suzuki
Sit down and shut up - Brad Warner
The second sex - Simone de Beauvoir


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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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1984 by George Orwell
Notes from Undergorund/ The Idiot / Crime and punishment - all by Dostoyevsky
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley (not a novel, but had a big influence on me)
Divine Names, Mystical Theology & Celestial Hierarchy by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (not novels, too - but very interesting for those who like mysticism)
I don't read much literature and when I do, I am more into classics. Usually, I read book about history, art, spirituality...

And my favorite and most used book about healthy food and lifestyle is
Aveline Kushi's Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking: For Health, Harmony, and Peace

and not to forget, the latest I've read about nutrition:
Douglas Graham's "80/10/10 Diet"

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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I don't read much these days... actually, its been many years since I've read a novel or a book about spirituality. I've read 4 or 5 books about nutrition and veganism, animal rights in the past 5 years but nothing else. (the World according to Monsanto, 80/10/10 Diet, etc). I don't know why, I used to read a lot. Many novels, essays, compilations of short stories... Now I'm not even able to read books that I must read. I'm supposed to study books about massage therapy but it takes me months and I haven't read even half of what I need to.

Anyways, the next books I wanna read and I think I will really like them are: Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, and Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

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"Ask and It Is Given," by Abraham-Hicks. And every other thing they've done.
"The God Delusion," by Richard Dawkins. And every other thing he's done.
"All Thoughts Work™ Outdoors," and every other thing I've done.

Benjamin Disraeli said it best: "When I want to read a book, I write one."

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - Although I think The Story of B is actually better, but I read that ten years after Ishmael changed my life.
The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
The China Study by T Colin Campbell

Just finished reading Men's Work: How to stop the violence that tears our lives apart by Paul Kivel - I recommend it to all males! :)

Presently reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X - both really inspirational.

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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Using Fear and Anger to Gain Courage and Happiness - http://www.randallwright.com/pdfs/FearAngerCourageHappiness.pdf


Andrea, I really like the part that illuminates how complaining, lashing out, etc. reveals what a person is afraid of, his perceived weaknesses. Reason enough to stop complaining from now on. Never let 'em see you sweat! (Unless you're at the dumbbell rack.)

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Living Christ, Living Buddha my Thich Nhat Hanh
Meat is for Pussies by John Joseph

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Robert Calasso
Skinny Bitch - say what you will about it, it drove me from dietary to lifestyle vegan
The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle


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Phillip K Dick - VALIS

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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Saulo wrote:
I'm reading a book on secret societies. I am prepared for stigmas to be removed and for gaps of knowledge to be filled in :D


Which ones? The Freemasons are shockingly dull because most of them have lost any knowledge of what they're doing beyond "it's all just symbolic" but these days they're slowly getting an influx of people who have backgrounds in various mystery schools so that could change.

All based on what I know from my male friends, of course.

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...."The God Delusion," by Richard Dawkins....

You know I just couldn't get into it. He is such an angry writer, and it seems that most of his points are against organized religion, for for atheism...

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 Post subject: Re: Most influential Books you've read
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If speaking of life affecting books:
Fit for life by Harvey and Merylin Diamond - I read this book when I was like 17 and it literally changed me - I was a vegetarian at this time, and it was then when I first started with the vegan diet, and more recently:
Skinny bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin that brought me back to vegan after years of vegetarian lifestyle.

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