What is the most inspiring, non-fiction book you have read?
I recently read LaVey's "The Satanic Witch" (Previously "The Compleat Witch") and it was very empowering.
However I just got "The Book of Lies" (not Crowley's, this one is from the Dinsinformation Company) from the library and I've only read a few pages but I think I'm going to have to go out and buy it. My mind is blown.
In other news, I just realized I'm #3 on the "top content" list. I'm not sure what that means, but it's nice to be on a list.
Took a long bath and listening to The Beatles all day. It hasn't rained at all today, and I'm feeling sunny. :-)
Horton hears a who.
That book changed my life!
LOL! Since AE asked for non-fiction book titles, and since I have such great respect for your incisive wit, sense of humor and general intelligence, I guess I have to assume that Horton at least, if not all elephants, could truly hear the voices of Whoville!
That being the case, then the same level of reality must also apply to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, whose biography launched my own flight to higher perspectives.
I love that book Gilfur. Inspiring at a time when the world seemed so cold.
I'm currently reading 'Walking on the wind' and it has been THE MOST helpful book on guiding me up to shamanic practices by teaching theory and philosophy before diving into practice.All too many books on shamanism today are just written in biography or memoir form. It is wonderfully written, and painfully relateable. I truly love this book, and never want it to leave my shelf!
I would have to say it would be one of 3 books:
Wayne Gretzkys Biography; Hard hitting book about overcoming adversity.
Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams; a very philosophical way to look at everyday life, and how to improve it by changing very mundane aspects of life.
Karate Do: My way of life by Gichin Funakoshi.
My favourite book is Master Of The Temple by Eric Ericson which is marked 'not necessarily a work of fiction'. Some might call it a dirty book because it is about a hermetic lodge which carries out sexual ceremonies, and describes some of them in graphic detail.
I don't pay any attention to that, I like it for the large amount of occult knowledge very lucidly expressed. For example,in one scene the main character is supposed to be an inexperienced student explaining the Jewish Kabbalah to his tutor, and the exposition is better than in most text books. There are also some lovely ritual passages with a Kabbalist emphasis that could be used in real rituals.
The only thing I don't agree with is when he implies that Wicca is the beginning of a path and hermetic lodges are the middle and end of that path. That is a biased and sectarian view I feel. Apart from that, he says a lot the way I would like to have said it.
I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy two years ago. It was very hard, and still is. I don't go out to eat a lot, and for a while, I just ate no bread products. I hated the store bought products and didn't know how to bake/cook. This was harder still, because I love bread products of all kinds. Then, I read Gluten Free Girl: How I found Food That Loves Me Back...And How You Can Too. She inspired me to learn to bake, and find flours I like that give me the taste and texture I had been craving. The book is about this woman's journey through the last few decades healing through food. She has Celiac, which I am blessed to not have. She taught me that food, whole food, can be most delicious, and that making things from scratch is one of the best things you can do for your body. I also found making from scratch to be very meditative.
The Ne'Qua'fa Books of Spiritual Law Low, Mid and High which is about roughly 5000 pages and this was really infomative. The laws go into everything from Daily life, Practices, Child rearing and more. The only sad thing is not made public and I wish we would release it to the public as it is. So I suppose it wasn't a single book but three that change the way I view things and improved upon me in its own way. :)
Mella'tae to you and yours in Love and Respect
Most inspiring book? That question is a little too hard! But a couple of the more inspiring that come to mind are - Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain and The Mist Filled Path by Frank MacEowen.