Books That Changed My Life

Well, I’m sure all of you are aware of the chain tagging thing that is going around Facebook…Here is a list of 10 books that I think will change my life if I ever get down to reading them.

1. How to Shit in the Woods – Kathleen Meyers – A must read for outdoorsy people. Even has a chapter called ‘Plight of the Solo Poop Packer’. I wonder how we lived so long without it.

2. Going Rogue: An American Life – Sarah Palin – Promiseses to leave you speechless.

3. Castration: The Advantages and Disadvantages – Victor T. Cheney – A must for dieters.

4. People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead – Gary Leon Hill – Duh? They’re dead, right?

5. The History of Lesbian Hair – Mary Dugger – Also includes “tales of bent life in a straight world”. 

6. How to Write a How to Write Book – Brian Piddock – Very helpful. 

7. Circumcisions by Appointment – Roy Westall – A must read for all men.

8. How Green Were the Nazis: Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich (Ecology & History) – Franz-Josef Bruggemeier – And you thought they only ran trains on time.

9. Why Do Men Have Nipples – Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg – Something you always wanted to know.

10. Fart Proudly – writings of Benjamin Franklin you never read at school.

All these books are available on Amazon.com at a discount of 99%.

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5 thoughts on “Books That Changed My Life

  1. Arianna Huffington’s refreshing piece on India (and the book that changed Steve J’s life):

    Some of our most innovative business leaders have drawn on principles that can trace their origins back to India, finding that yoga, meditation and renewal are a much-needed counterpoint to a Western workplace culture fueled by burnout, stress, sleep deprivation and exhaustion. Consider the book that Steve Jobs asked to be given out at his memorial: not a business manual, not a book about tech innovation but The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the people who helped popularize meditation in the West. As Yogananda wrote:

    Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch,” or has transferred his thoughts effectively to another person. The human mind, free from the static of restlessness, can perform through its antenna of intuition all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms sending and receiving thoughts, and tuning out undesirable ones.

    Jobs had spent time in India and was particularly taken with the role of intuition in the everyday lives of Indians. “The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world,” Jobs said. “Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.”

    And this power of intuition and mindfulness is increasingly, and conclusively, validated by science.

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  2. Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

    Astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces—gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the “strong” and “weak” nuclear forces—were determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no stars could have ever formed at all. Feel free to gulp.

    Multiply that single parameter by all the other necessary conditions, and the odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all “just happened” defies common sense. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 10 quintillion times in a row. Really?

    Fred Hoyle, the astronomer who coined the term “big bang,” said that his atheism was “greatly shaken” at these developments. He later wrote that “a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology . . . . The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

    Theoretical physicist Paul Davies has said that “the appearance of design is overwhelming” and Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox has said “the more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator . . . gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”

    The greatest miracle of all time, without any close seconds, is the universe. It is the miracle of all miracles, one that ineluctably points with the combined brightness of every star to something—or Someone—beyond itself.

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