Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Books That Inspire and Save

"There are books that inspire us, and then there are books that save us." from Lynn Viehl's Paperback Writer blog.

What's a book that has inspired you?

What's a book that has saved you? (please do not answer the Bible, we all know that book saves us!)

6 comments:

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I'm not sure inspire is the correct term for me. I'm entertained, but inspired?

Hmmmm...

I guess the last book to inspire would have been THE SECRET. It opened my eyes up to possibilities.

Stephen said...

Books that saved me? I would have to list the three Frederick Buechner memoirs I read in quick succession last fall, Telling Secrets, Now and Then, and The Sacred Journey. I do count myself among those who still call themselves Christian in part because of Buechner's writings, and those books are what I point to.

Amy said...

J.Kaye...I think the Secret inspired a lot of people!

Stephen...I love Frederick Buechner's work. I'm so glad, for one, that those books saved you. ;)

Yvonne said...

It's been a very long time since I read a book that inspired me... years ago I read a book which helped motivate me to continue my writing, but I can't remember the name and I've also stopped writing :)

Carole said...

A book that quickly comes to my mind is Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in NY. It has changed my prayer life and also that of our church in a way that you would have to read this book to understand.

Elizabeth said...

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd allowed me to believe that I COULD still be a Christian, even with all the weird new thoughts in my head that didn't jive with my traditional upbringing.

And a whole bunch of stuff by Madeline L'Engle.

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