Books // Blog-tember Challenge

Today's Prompt: The 5 books that have impacted your life the most.

Oh, this one is really hard. Right now I'm sitting in a café, planning for the week's blog posts, among other things. On my way here, on the subway, I was trying to think of how I was going to respond to this prompt. I really don't know how how to answer this. I've loved and been affected by so many books in my life. I'm always reading something new, and my taste in books is pretty vast. About the only thing I don't enjoy reading is romance.

So I guess in attempt to make this easier on myself, I will just go for it instead of overthinking it. Sound good?

Here they are, the 5 books which, I think, may have, impacted my life the most:

Honestly, I don't even know where to start on Of Mice and Men. It's been my favorite book for 15 years. The story is timeless. It's beautiful, brilliant, inspirational, heart-warming, heart-wrenching, and so much more. If you haven't read it, read it. (It's a quick read.)

From the rest of the books though, here are some of my favorite bits. I'd recommend each of these books a million times to everyone.

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.
— CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.
— CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
None of us has become perfect (Phil. 3:12). None of us does everything right. None of us is so wise that we always speak the right word or so strong that we always do the right thing. Remembering this keeps us humble.
— Charles F Stanley, Life Principles Bible
There is no substitute for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
— Charles F Stanley, Life Principles Bible
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.
— Johns Steinbeck, East of Eden
But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.
— John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen: those who hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For your own sake, learn from it, and then let it go.
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

TELL ME: Have you read any of these 5 books? Will you be adding any of these to your to-read list? Which 5 books have impacted you the most? Comment! ↴

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Tawni Sattler

Tawni is a multi-passionate lifestyle blogger, designer, and mama in Vienna, Austria, always with coffee in hand, ice cream in the freezer, and chocolate in her pocket. Authenticity and organized chaos are her love languages.