What are 3 books that changed your life? Why? How did these books “find” you?
Some books are highly entertaining and memorable. This question, however, asks you to dig deeper into the epiphanies and revelations of particular stories that have inspired you.
My three books are:
1. “Mans Search for Meaning” by Dr. Victor Frankl
2. “Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum
3. “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes
“Mans Search for Meaning” was given to me by my boss at a time when I was extremely disheartened and ill. Dr. Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, explores which mental fortitudes enabled prisoners to survive. This book reminds me of my favorite quote, which is taped to my fridge. “In the absence of certainty, there is always hope.”
“Wizard of Oz” is my favorite fairy tale because it reminds us that there’s no place like home, that we already possess all the gifts we need to craft an amazing life, and that women will do anything for ruby slippers!
“Flowers for Algernon” was required reading in 7th grade. The writer uses a masterful style of compiling a diary that shows the progression of a scientific experiment conducted on a man of very limited intellectual capacity. The experiment is a success, raising his I.Q. from drastic lows to astronomical heights. The subject grows his mind all the way to a state of nirvana. This book gives me hope that God reaches from His omnipotent realm down to our low state of being. The story begs us to question how much knowledge is truly necessary in order to reach Him.
There are many other books that have inspired our writing style, entertained us, and helped inspire us to remove our writer’s blocks. On your list of top three books, do you notice that not only have they influenced the direction of your core values, they have also given you direction in your writing style?
As writers, we must remember to treasure those unique tomes that moved our spirits. If you need motivation to get past a writer’s block, re-read your top three books.
Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz