I have been a lover of books since I was a young girl. I remember the gift that I received from mom on my seventh birthday were books: The Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and The Ugly Duckling. Honestly, I was so disappointed because I was expecting for a toys and even though I hated it in the beginning, I started reading books anyway. Eventually I fell in love with it. It started with reading my children’s bible then into fairytale stories and move in to reading my mom’s book and then finding and buying my own books.
I think the reason why I constantly share the fact that I love reading books and it’s important because I’m a firm believer in constantly educating yourself and learning more about the world around you and the person that you are. Because I feel like we all want to be better — we all want to be better in what we do, we want to be better in our professions and in our personal life as well. In everything we do in our lives is a constant inside-outside thing. What do I mean by this is everything you do with your life is a reflection of things that’s going on inside of you and not outside of you. Because when you really think about this, majority of the things in our lives is in out of our control. We can’t control everything. We can’t control how our careers would work when we just work hard, but when you look around you, you will realised that there are a lot of things that are just out of our control. So you have to constantly care for your insides so that you would be able to respond to life circumstances and surprises the way that you should. And I feel like the books that you read, the music that you listen to, the people that you surround yourself with, the kinds of things that you consume will always affect the kind of person that you become. So it’s very very important that you sift things through.
So here are the books that have changed and impacted my life in a positive way:
1).The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
For centuries Christians have questioned why, if God is good and all-powerful, He allows us to suffer pain. If we really look at life, one of the main things that you have to question is why is there have pain and suffering in this world.
C.S. Lewis presents a beautiful perspective asked to why is there a pain and suffering in this world and sets out to disentangle this knotty issue covering the origins of human suffering, incurred in the fall, what divine omnipotence and goodness really mean, and why they allow for the existence of pain in creation, heaven and hell, and a topic not often treated but important — the existence of pain in animals who are in every sense innocent. He also reminds us that real love, a love that looks out for the best interests of the beloved, sometimes requires the inflicting of painful experience. But in the end, no intellectual solution can avoid the need for faith.
I like C.S. Lewis — both his work and his interesting life. I knew he was a converted Athiest and it’s really interesting to consider some of his theological works.
This book is thought provoking, but the delivery can be a bit dry and heavy at times.
2). 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This is a self help / improvement book. It explains 7 principles that make a person more effective personally and professionally. Covey shows how a principle-centered, character-based life helps you build the healthy relationships that are key to an effective life.
Covey believes that the way we see things in the world is entirely based on our own perceptions and beliefs. So In order to change something we must change our selves and even the way we see things. This book is fulled with quotable quotes. It makes you wonder about it regarding your life and what all things you have been doing wrong.
3). Grand Weavers by Ravi Zacharias
This is an uplifting book. It may help you understand more of how events caused by or allowed by God shape His story in you. It discusses issues like the Will, our Destiny, our Wordhip, our Calling, our Spirituality, our DNA, and our Disappointments in such a way that with some time to think, we can begin to see how all the twists and turns of our life come together in such a way to (ultimately) demonstrate God’s glory to all we encounter; Zacharias explains how Christianity brings meaning and life to their pain and suffering.
It is not written at an academic level that is beyond what the lay person can understand, but it does challenge them as it brings them comfort. He brings to light much that scripture has to say about God’s sovereignty and purpose for what happens in our lives, both good and bad. Not only can this help a person triumph through the crisis, but also stand against doubts about the goodness or existence of God from personal life experiences.
Ravi Zacharias is an Indian Christian apologist who grew up and live in India until his eighteen years old and then moved to Canada. He’s an incredible and prolific writer, speaker and storyteller. I like Ravi because he tells a lot of stories. So if you like me that you loves beautiful words and love seeing visual stories comes alive even if it just non-fiction book, you’ll definitely love him.
4). 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson
It’s very insightful book. This book discussed discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into twelve practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listeners.
I think Jordan Peterson became really popular especially in the conservative community way back 2017. A lot of people are triggered by him but I actually like his books and I like his work as psychologist and I think you will also find him interesting.
So those are the books which have helped shaped me. Let me know if you have any books you’d suggest for me to read or review, too!
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