Today, we are looking at the books that had some type of influence on us.  It’s interesting the different selections especially by age.  I must admit, I was certainly not surprised to see the Bible on this list, but was surprised who put it on their list.  Enjoy, and don’t forget to tell us about your most influential book in the comments.

3 Influential Books from a 70 year old

  • Heretics by G.K. Chesterton, the “Prince of Paradox,” is at his witty best in this collection of twenty essays and articles from the turn of the twentieth century. Focusing on “heretics” — those who pride themselves on their superiority to Christian views — Chesterton appraises prominent figures who fall into that category from the literary and art worlds. Luminaries such as Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, and James McNeill Whistler come under the author’s scrutiny, where they meet with equal measures of his characteristic wisdom and good humor.  In addition, these essays contain observations on the wider world. “On Sandals and Simplicity,” “Science and the Savages,” “On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family,” “On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set,” and “Slum Novelists and the Slums” reflect the main themes of Chesterton’s life’s work. Heretics roused the ire of some critics for censuring contemporary philosophies without providing alternatives; the author responded a few years later with a companion volume, Orthodoxy. Sardonic, jolly, and generous, both books are vintage Chesterton.  He is criticizing those who hold incomplete and inadequate views about “life, the universe, and everything.”  But he manages to demonstrate, among other things, that our new 21st century heresies are really not new because he himself deals with most of them.
  • Language in Thought and Action by S. I. Hayakawa. It discusses the role of language in human life, the many functions of language, and how language—sometimes without our knowing—shapes our thinking in this engaging and highly respected book. Provocative and erudite, it examines the relationship between language and racial and religious prejudice; the nature and dangers of advertising from a linguistic point of view; and, in an additional chapter called “The Empty Eye,” the content, form, and hidden message of television, from situation comedies to news coverage to political advertising.
  • Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Dr. Peter Diamandis (Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation) and Steven Kotler (bestselling author and science journalist), published on February 21, 2012. It is a thrilling antidote to today’s dark pessimism.

3 Influential Books from a 49 year old

I must admit, I don’t read a lot of books.  In fact, the ones I really remember wanting to read are the Harry Potter series as those were coming out about 10 years ago.  The three books below I read mostly because of the business implications, but ended taking a lot of the thoughts to my personal life.

  • Fish Tales by Stephen Lundin, John Christensen, and Harry Paul – Yes, father, this is one of the books you have sent me over the years, and yes, I do read them for the most part.  This book takes place at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.  It is about a group of people of must transform their dysfunctional work place and they learn lessons from the people at the fish market.  This book taught me that you must have pride in everything you do in life, even the small minuscule tasks can have a great impact on others.
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – Here’s a great book to teach you how to live life day to day.  How to take aspects of your life and by changing little habits, keeps you on track and moving towards your goals.
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie – I was first introduced to Dale Carnegie while enrolled in the Dale Carnegie Course 15 years ago. The Dale Carnegie Course helped me grow my  speaking skills but more importantly it helped me to focus and stop worrying.
    One of the best things that this book teaches as the title states is how to worrying. How to stop worrying about the different things in your life so you can focus on what needs to be done, today.  Sometimes your thoughts get in the way and make a task seem way to big because of all the different aspects.  “Daytime Boxes” is a technique described in the book that allows you to focus on the task at hand and how it gets you from worrying about “everything” that needs to be done to what needs to be done “today”.There they are, three books that continue to influence my thoughts every day.

    3 Influential Books from a 20 year old

Quite honestly, I love reading books. As a college student, it gets so easy to push the reading aside because I am so busy with everything else. Recently, a friend told me to read when I am on the bus going to and from campus. I also find my time to read at other random times to read. It’s never a lot at once but little by little, a book does get started and finished.  That being said, here are my top three influential books as told by a 20 year old.

  • The Bible -I am pretty involved with my church near campus. As a part of my daily prayer time, I make sure to read my Bible – especially before bed.

These next two books I read while I was in middle and high school. To be honest, I hated having to read in the books we read in school. Looking back now, I really appreciated reading it.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee –  This is one of the books that I read in middle school but would love to go back to read it and would definitely appreciate it more now.
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens –  This book I totally appreciated in high school, but probably because I had such a great English teacher. There was so much greatness in that book that I would also really enjoy going back through and reading again.

There you are, now it’s your turn, do you agree with these books or is there a book of your own that has influenced.  Let us know.