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In discipleship, we learn from others. Sometimes through books. What book really influenced YOU?

We all should be learning through the book The Bible, of course! And then, we also learn from others: their messages and teachings and their life experiences.

What books have really influenced your life?

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Of course the Bible jumps to mind 1st, but a book that has shaped my political thinking and actions was: "None Dare Call it Conspiracy" by Gary Allen. This one small book has sent me into month's of research and much discussion.
Richard
My first book was the Bible, and then comes Tiger Lily, it is about allowing others to be their self and enjoying who they are. And IronJawed Angels, really made we think about the fight for women to vote and just what some women went through while other's only talked about what to do. And my last Is Sarah takes on Big Oil, what one young Gov. did to change the corrupt policies of a state.
My choice isn't as noble as some of the rest of the members but here it goes. I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand as a teenager. Even back then some 30 plus years ago, I was able to realize that evil could manifest itself in another form: socialism and the greed and corruption that went with it. Ayn Rand was able to construct a make beleive world that drew the vast difference between freedom and capitalism to collectism and socialism. I recently reread Atlas just to remind myself what our country is up against. Unlike 30 years ago, this evil is now creeping into our country right before our eyes and we have a populace that is so severely divided, that I fear the enemy may succeed in ruining our country.

Other books include the Bible (ofcourse), Three Cups of Tea and Infidel. Like Bill O'Reilly, I too despise someone picking on the unfortunate and weak of society.
I think the Author that has influenced my christian walk the most is Stormie Omartin. Her "Power Of A Praying Wife" book totally changed who I was and my marriage, and let me see through Christ's eye's how to pray for my husband. Then her "Lord I want to be whole" book helped me heal from a childhood of hurts and rejection. Those two books are very good for new believers, and for old believers alike. There are many other books that have been great for making me the person I am today, anything by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, and by Joyce Myer. But if you read Joyce you have to be ready to get honest with yourself!! She is very real and will tell you STRAIGHT!!
Hope you all have a great day and God Bless you!
Sheryl
Out from the Holy Bible, I love reading.. I have a Dake's Annotated Reference Bible that has over 500,000 references, texts and notes. It is the best study Bible and I spend a great deal of time in it daily. Out from the Bible I picked up a book that is around 85 years old called The Spirit World by Clarence Larkins. It is also the best Holy Spirit inspired writings that I have read. This author I had checked out on-line and He has many books out that there is a great market for today. Usually, I am drawn to read books on Faith, end time prophecy and books on the gifts of the Spirit of God. I have written some books and I am working now at putting them on CD. Books on KIngship of the Believer, Unconditional Love and The Prince of Darkness.. I read books on the Occults and world religions and have found that None of them are Holy Spirit lead, but all are contrary to Almighty God and His word...
The book called The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway. I have never been the same since. The way that Brother Yun suffered for Christ is unbelievable. There have been so many times that I have heard someone say something about suffering or I think about all that I have been through in my life, I remember what this brave young man and his wife and other members of his family went through, I'm reminded my life has been a breeze. I truly believe every one should read this book. You will be transformed its very sad and yet so powerful. He has come out with another one but I'm rereading the first again then I let you know about the other!
Gods blessings to you all
Brenda
The Left Behind books influenced me the most. They're what got me studying Revelations and the end times.

I've only read the first few Left Behind books, which were really good. I much rather prefer to study the "real" end times than fiction now, haha. The movie "Left Behind" is a great movie as well - I have it on DVD.
I can't say it any better than Cindy, The Bible is the only religous book I read.
cindylovesjohnwf said:
This one is easy. It is hands down the one that has everything. It has murder, mystery, intrigue, lying, cheating, stealing and most of all self sacrificing to the limit and back. It is the only book that is God's personal letter to US! It is for correction, instruction and information. A true Life saver. What other book can say all that? Of course by now you all know which book that is. It is the Bible. It is a Good read and will save your soul. No other book can make that claim to fame. No one has sacrificed more to give us Everything! Eternal Life!
Blessings to all and to those you all love,
Cindy
Certainly the Bible influences me the most now. I also enjoy reading books by Max Lacado, Chuck Swindol & Chuck Colson among others but can't say any one particular book has influenced me more than another.
I am currently reading the Heavenly Man. The testimony of those who have suffered and are suffering persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ is humbling to say the least. I thank God for groups such as Voice of the Martyrs, Gospel for Asia, Global Response Network that minister to those who suffer loss of income, family and also endure prison, beatings and sometimes killed because they will not deny the name of Jesus. While we can freely purchase a bible and safely read it and share the word with others. Our brothers and sisters in Christ travel far and risk much to hear the word of God.
Brother Yun trusted God and ministers to other prisoners while he himself is being tortured.
Brenda Statts said:
The book called The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway. I have never been the same since. The way that Brother Yun suffered for Christ is unbelievable. There have been so many times that I have heard someone say something about suffering or I think about all that I have been through in my life, I remember what this brave young man and his wife and other members of his family went through, I'm reminded my life has been a breeze. I truly believe every one should read this book. You will be transformed its very sad and yet so powerful. He has come out with another one but I'm rereading the first again then I let you know about the other!
Gods blessings to you all
Brenda
The Bible
The Shack
The Consitution
Books by:
Ayn Rand
C.S. Lewis
Beverly Lewis
Francine Rivers
Bodie Thorne
Frank Peretti
Tim Lehaye
The Prince
The Art of War

One book that really influenced me is "America to Pray? or Not to Pray?.
This was a factual study of what happened in our nation after prayer was removed from school. The author presented his finding to a US Congressman. The congressman was amazed. He couldn't believe the tangible result of removing religion from schools. And, why wouldn't it have an impact, it is through the knowledge of God that we really understand right and wrong! The congressman said - "someone has got to research this!!!"

Subsequently, the author put his research into the book. You will be amazed. I was!

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