What Books Changed Your Life?


Back in the 90’s, when I was a youngin’, I had come to a crossroad and literally woke up one morning…clenching my fist, and yelling at the ceiling: “I DON’T KNOW WHO I AM!” No, I wasn’t having a panic attack, but it was more or less like my soul was crying out to God for direction. 

Everyone is searching for something in this world. We seek the comfort of material things if we didn’t have a lot growing up, but materialism is not my religion and I wanted something far deeper.

Little did I know, in the span of 7 years, the answers that I sought would be found during a grueling decade of not only trial and error; but I’d find myself through taking trips to my local library and discovering books that would help me focus, as well as change my life.

The books that changed my life are as follows:

  • The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Conversations With God Neale Donald Walsch
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  • Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nate McCall
  • Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
  • Monster by Kody Scott, aka Sanyika Shakur
  • The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Ken Kiyasaki
  • The 48 Laws of Power by Michael Greene; this is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to understand how to get ahead. Link: http://www2.tech.purdue.edu/cg/Cours…s_of_power.htm.
    • The Destruction of Black Civilizations by Dr. Chancellor Williams

    Yes, I’ve read all of these books and many, many, more…but the power of what I read in these books, literally, just fed my spirit. I grew up. And I can honestly tell you, that all these years later, I’m not lost anymore. And it is because of reading books that I truly became conscious about the world and how I could impact it.

    So, I’ll open the door and ask those here, just what books changed your life


10 comments on “What Books Changed Your Life?

  1. I had an extremely pro-Black household coming up, so a lot books were read to me, but what changed my life more than anything and still does. MUSIC!!

    Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Issac Hayes, Curtis Mayfeild and Mahalia Jackson, that’s a short list of course. But the first book that I read on my own and probably changed me is The Miseducation of The Negro. That’s one that I still hold near and dear.

    I know I you get tired of me sis, always hijacking your blog with my unruly ways. I’m sorry, it’s just in me to go straight again any grain.


  2. Living Consciously says:

    I would put a disclaimer and a cautionary warning for this read you suggestion “The 48 Laws of Power.” By reading this book and executing the laws the way the author suggest, can have major negative consequence for the reader.

    I say read this book as a road map of how to spot certain types of people, situations and how to see how the world and it’s evil doers conduct themselves and how most of them came into power. But if you use this book in the way it is suggested by the author for certain laws between 1-48 you will most likely be looking at some serious backfire & negative Karma coming one’s way.

    Those particular laws are positioning the reader to take advantage of another and that is NO WAY to get ahead in life. Very dangerous in the wrong hands. But it is helpful to be able to make your chess moves and get out of the way when evil people and user are coming for you in the workplace, friendships, life, etc.

    When read and executed responsibly, it is a very good read.



  3. Adeen says:

    I haven’t really read a book that has changed my life yet but I do want to read Malcolm X’s autobiography. I wonder if this autobiography can change my life too because I am sure it is a very well written book


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