This is the premise of You’ve Got to Read This Book! by Jack Canfield (author of the Chicken Soup series) and Gay Hendricks (author of Conscious Loving). The right book coming into your life at the right time is transformative. We’ve all read books which provided an “ah-ha” moment, or we’ve read a book that had us so excited we rushed to a friend to tell them about it.
Canfield and Hendricks spoke with 55 people and asked them to tell their stories of a book that changed their lives. The interviewees range from Kenny Loggins to Debbie Macomber, and from Dave Barry to John Gray. The stories are as inspirational to readers as to the storytellers themselves. These stories allow us to stop and think about those books we’ve read which caused us to pause, reflect, and change course, or realize we were on the right track. The special book is as individual as we are, but learning why and how a book changed another person’s life encourages us to look at even light reading with a deeper respect.