Is there a book you still think about?  Perhaps a book that made you challenge your beliefs, attitudes about life, work, politics or culture?  Has there been a book that deepened your convictions or broadened your worldview?  These are among the questions we asked some thoughtful members of our community recently and we’ve shared their responses below.

Bruno Kalonji | Soccer coach

I read a book called The seven spiritual laws of success by deepak Chopra. It impact my life tremendously and one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned was that all that happen to us is always good. We may not see it right away but if we open our heart it will end up for the good. Some negative people that come to our lives or some challenging circumstances that we encounter during our journey, come for specific reasons that are good at the end. Read more>>

Monica Gallego | Makeup Artist

I’m not much of a book reader but, one book that i read that made a lasting impression on me was Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia. It was well-written and I couldn’t put the book down. The “Princess” led a very interesting life but was also sad at the same time. It made me reflect on how lucky I am to have grown up in an environment were women were respected and not treated as second class citizens. Read more>>

Omer Abbasi | Insurance Agent

The American Dream: HisStory in the Making by David Windecher This book is a gripping story on the life of a criminal turned criminal defense attorney – David Windecher. A true story with rich characters and showcasing what hard-work and perseverance can achieve. It reminds me in parts of my own struggles and more so than that, the struggle that I have seen my parents, mentors and real-life inspirations go through. Witnessing the trouncing of struggle is a feeling which everyone can appreciate. Who does not love a good underdog rising story! Read more>>

Courtney Pack | Beauty.Happiness.Healing LLC Owner & Self-Love Advocate

I have been into a lot of self-help books lately, and I just finished “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz which was a GAME changer for me. This book expands on how to live a blissful life, based on ancient Toltec wisdom that advocates freedom from self-limiting beliefs that may cause suffering and limitation in a person’s life. For me personally, I used to hold on to emotions and feelings from the past that essentially held me back from excelling. Read more>>