The Seven Influential Books Challenge
by Bob Peterson
Day 1. The first book that really changed my life is Journeys Out of the Body by Robert Monroe. Before reading that book, I was shallow and materialistic. It opened my mind to literally new worlds and new ideas. It taught me that we are more than our physical bodies.
Day 2 of the influential book challenge. This book, Living Loving, & Learning by Leo Buscaglia also had a big impact on my life. Buscaglia taught me a lot about love. He taught me that it's okay to be yourself, to act goofy, to show love, to be crazy. Men especially need to hear these things: it's okay to feel your emotions and to show your emotions, and to not care how other people see you. Great read. He's also got many wonderful video lectures. Take the time.
Regardless, this book taught me that "Your belief creates your reality." Even if you discount the supernatural aspect, your core beliefs, attitudes, prevailing emotions and framework all directly influence your experience. I've seen it firsthand. If you have a negative attitude, bad things often happen. If you have a positive optimistic attitude, good things often happen. Learn to control, understand and change your beliefs, and you will change how the world treats you. This taught me that the Universe is basically a mirror, with experiences reflecting back from your own source. I actually think her book The Nature of Personal Reality is better, but Seth Speaks is the book that got me hooked.
- The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, the holy book of Taoism.
- The Clairvoyant by Hans Holzer, the story of a misfit psychic who had to come to terms with her spiritual gifts.
- Some Men Are More Perfect Than Others by Merle Shain.
- How to Live With Another Person by David Viscott.
- Pairing by George Bach and Ronald Deutsch, and other books about intimate communication and how to get along with another person.
- Loving Relationships by Sondra Ray.
- His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley.
- Brawshaw On: The Family by John Bradshaw.
- The Boy Who Saw True by Anonymous.
- Life Before Life by Helen Wambach.
- I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me and other books by Hugh Prather.
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
- Through God's Eyes by Phil Bolsta.
- Multidimensional Man by Jurgen Ziewe.
In the end I decided to choose a book most of you have probably never heard of: Centering: A Guide To Inner Growth by Sanders G. Laurie and Melvin J. Tucker. For a while there when I was young, I was pretty "far out there" in my spiritual journey. I was very ungrounded. Or, if you're a Shirley Maclaine fan, you might say I was way "out on a limb." This book taught me to re-center and re-balance myself. There's always a balance between physical life and the spiritual side, and that balance is necessary or life just doesn't work. So this book helped me to become grounded.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little walk-through of some of my favorite books of all time. They sure influenced my spiritual journey, especially when I was young and stuck with me. Maybe you can find some value in them too.
09 October 2018