What does "life changing" mean?
The other day I gave a review on the book “Kisses for Katie” and mentioned that it wasn’t a book that had changed my life. The reason why I made that comment was due to the many comments on Amazon where people had said it was a life changing book and they were raving about it. This got me thinking . . . why does one book affect a person in one way, but not another person. I found “Kisses for Katie” to be inspirational and interesting but that was all, others found it “shock them to the core”, “they couldn’t put it down”, “the book was beyond amazing”, “This was absolutely the best book I have ever read”.
It didn’t have that affect on me at all. I wondered why.
Some books I read stir me emotionally . . . the other book I reviewed “The train in winter”, did just that. My heart broke for those women in the concentration camp, I struggle to understand their pain and suffering and it brought tears to my eyes. I found it to be a very sad emotion book but one I needed to read. Other similar books give me the same affect. Some books simply fascinate me, they take me on a journey to unknown places and by the time I finish I feel that I have learnt so much . . . not always things of high intellect but intriguing things. Other books make me laugh and I feel good by the time I have reached the end. The more serious Christian literature is for learning —therefore I am looking for advice, direction, improvement, comfort—if I don’t find this, the book is considered a failure.
I can be tough on a book. Perhaps I am too tough, I expect more . . . which is why I am on the search to find the earth shattering “life changing” book.
Or, is there only one book that fits that description . . . . ?
I have “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp on my to reading list—I have been told that this is life changing book. I will let you once I have read it.
What have you read (excluding the Bible) that changed your life?
How did it change your life? Or are you like me!