10 Books That Changed My Perspective And That Could Change Yours In 2017

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life 
A great book which will bring you instant peace. It’s written by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King. Hanh guides the reader to be more mindful . To quiet the mind and the emotions and live more in the present moment and to find compassion for others. It’s the ultimate light read.

Written by a former pastor who became disillusioned with institutional church. He came to the realization that at the heart of true spirituality is love. That God is love. This book, which is part autobiographical, is unmistakably written from the heart. It will help you find a more freeing relationship with God.

This book is accredited to a legendary Chinese philosopher named Lao Tzu. His words will help you untangle your thoughts and look at life from a distance. To see that much of what we fret over is a creation of our own imagination.

This book really puts the fragility of life into perspective. It’s a hard dose of reality and will leave you feeling pretty silly about the things we normally complain about. It was written by a Psychotherapist who was a prisoner at Auschwitz. This book is about his experiences as a holocaust survivor. And the importance of finding meaning in life, especially during times of suffering.

Neuroscientist David Eagleman gives a rundown on how our mind seems to operate on its own. It raises a lot of question about free-will. And our perception of reality (which is deeply flawed and incomplete). Filled with lots of interesting research, real-life examples, and experiments. An eye-opening book.
 

It seems clear that this world is going to hell in a hand basket, right? It seems like it’s getting more and more violent. But could this perception be the result of increased media exposure? Steven Pinker makes a convincing case that the world has been getting less violent. And is a much better place to live than ever before.

A very interesting journey through human history. Filled with all kinds of details I didn’t know. This book will help expand your world view. And cause you to ask yourself many questions about who we are and why we are here. This is no boring history book.

Like Man’s Search For Meaning, this is a serious dose of reality. It was written by a former German soldier who fought in WWI. It’s a fictional story, based on the author’s personal experiences. It shows how fragile life is and how sobering war can be. A soldier home from war says, “I prefer to be alone, so that no one troubles me. They have worries, aims, desires, that I cannot comprehend. I often sit with one of them in the little beer garden and try to explain to him that this is really the only thing: just to sit quietly, like this.”

Terry Fox is a Canadian hero. This book chronicles his battle with cancer, which caused him to lose his leg at age 19. And his quest to run across Canada on a prosthetic leg. Another book that will give you less to complain about. And inspire you to achieve more than you think you are capable of.

The New Buffettology 
An important book on how to invest your money wisely for the long run. A great companion to this book is Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements. Both of these books will give you the tools necessary to make better investment decisions. They’ve helped me a lot.

P.S. Here is last year’s list if you missed it: 10 Books That Changed My Perspective And That Could Change Yours In 2016