Which Book Taught You Your Most Memorable Life Lesson? Patch Book Club

Do you like to talk books? If so, this is the place to be.

We don't experience books the same way we experience movies, music, or video games.

Some of us look to books for inspiration and many of us look to the authority of the author to give us some guidance as to how we might better live our lives.

And this goes beyond self-help books, but rather the philosophies and often imagined scenarios crafted by the author. That's why Moby Dick's white whale is frequently used as a metaphor for people spending their lives working towards a seemingly unobtainable goal.

That's exactly what this week's book club is all about: Which books have you sought out, not just to experience a story, but to learn something about human nature or philosophy?

Let us know in the comments.

Julie Kramer Gowans June 14, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I learned a lot about myself and others in Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth." "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne reminded me about the power of positive thinking. I try (but fail miserably) to follow the advice in "A Complaint Free World" by Will Bowen, and ditto with "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Don Bruns. "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach helped me remember to be thankful for the everyday simple things in life that we sometimes take for granted. I feel so fortunate to have access to so many wonderful books!
Maria Houser Conzemius June 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Jon Stewart interviewed retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell about his new book, "It Worked for Me," about the lessons he has learned in life. He stressed the importance of being kind to people and learning to pick up your life after even catastrophic mistakes (like the speech that Gen. Powell was induced to make about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction at the U.N.) and move on in life. Powell said he has to answer to people who ask about that mistake on a daily basis, and Jon Stewart asked him about it as well!
Sandy Colberg June 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Two of my favorite people ~ Jon Stewart and Colin Powell. I saw that show. Try to not miss any of Jon Stewart!
Maria Houser Conzemius June 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Sandy Colberg, without Jon Stewart's "Daily Show," life in these American states would be hard to endure. I don't begrudge Stewart all his vacation time as long as he doesn't burn out and quit or retire!
Maria Houser Conzemius June 18, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Right now I'm reading "Here If You Need Me," by Kate Braestrup, a Maine game warden/minister who comforts families while searchers are looking for missing loved ones in the Maine woods or in a lake. I've read it before. It's a lovely, heart-warming book with moments of humor and wry understanding.


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