Lessons Learned in a Book
It seems that each decade I live, there has been an important book that had a profound effect on me due to the subject matter and how it translated to that time in my life. I think we seek out reading material that we need at the moment. In the 60's, I read a book called Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas, a Puerto Rican who grew up in Spanish Harlem in New York. Because I lived in the Spanish ghetto in Milwaukee and worked with Spanish teens at the time, it opened my eyes to a new world this country girl did not know existed. I later married a Puerto Rican and the book continued to have effects on me. I later shared the book with my Puerto Rican son when he became a young man because of the subject matter.
In the 70's I read I'm Ok, You're Ok. I took a Physiology class at Long Beach City College that actually used the book as a text book. The 70's was the TA (Transcendental Meditation) era. The book helped me reconfirm simple truths that life sometimes takes away from you.
The 80's brought Maya Angelou's 3 auto biographies and she became one of my heroes. Her books showed me that people can over come almost any adversity and become great people. I read everything she publishes.
The 90's brought The Broken Arrow, a story of an Native American Single man adopting a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Native American son. It began my research on FAS.
2000 brought me A New Earth and it has become my 2nd bible. It is the best spiritual book I have read and return to it often so I don't forget the important things I learned from it.
It is too early to to say which book will be my pick for this decade. I'll let you know in another 9 years. I just have to keep reading. Each book I read has something to offer me. I have to finish anything I start though just in case there is some important information I will learn. There is no such thing as a wasted education.
What books have changed your life?
Be happy and God Bless You.