10 Books that have changed my life

A few months ago, people were tagging each other on Facebook to share which ten books had impacted their life the most.  I’ve been a bookworm my entire life (less so now that I’ve got a kiddo), but these were the ten books that jumped to the forefront of my mind.  They’re listed somewhat chronologically, and I could go on for days about each one.  For brevity, I just included a sentence wrap-up…Have you read any of these?

Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand): This book taught me about coercion and the fight between the individual and the state (even though I didn’t quite grasp it 6 years ago).

The Age of Reason (Thomas Paine): Everything by him has impacted me, but this book clarified my religious beliefs like no other, and it inspired me to search for truth.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan): This book changed my relationship to food (the rest of his books did, too) a few years ago. Changed what I eat, how I shop, where we get our food, etc.

Shantaram (Gregory David Roberts): The best novel I have read in a long time. I finished it in 3 days; it’s somewhere around 1000 pages. I felt as if I was missing out on life if I didn’t have my nose buried in that book…I was sad when it ended.

Guide to Childbirth (Ina May Gaskin): This book confirmed my desire to have a home birth with our baby. Watching ‘The Business of Birth’ first planted the seed in my head, but Ina May made it an easy decision.

Liberty Defined (Ron Paul): He tackles 50 issues in short, easily understood chapters. This book made me a libertarian.

For A New Liberty (Murray Rothbard): Well, this is where I learned about self-ownership…and, this is the book that made me transition to an-cap philosophy from libertarianism. I hung around with the minarchists for a while, but Rothbard is damn convincing.

Dirty Wars (Jeremy Scahill): If you’re interested in US foreign policy, read this book. Cemented my decision to leave the military …I also wrote a book review here.

The Absorbent Mind (Maria Montessori): She has changed my approach to parenting. Montessori gives voice to the ambitions, abilities, and development of the child, and it is fascinating. I think it makes me a better parent.

Ok, I’m cheating on #10: Any novel by Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, or Ken Follett. I’ve read about 90% of all of their books…and I enjoyed them all (recreational reading).

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