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    Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill.

    The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis

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    "Cyrano de Bergerac" - Edmond Rostand
    The Bible
    "A Riot of Our Own" - Johnny Green
    "Surprised By Joy" - C.S. Lewis
    "The Complete Works of Robert Browning"

    I'm sure there are more, but I can't think tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill.

    The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis
    And, "The Cloud of Unknowing", by Anonymous.

    And how appropriate it was written by Anonymous, and how well they would have fitted in here.

    Their username could simply be 'Anonymous'.

    Of course they would drive the literal-minded mad. But that is what the literal-minded are for.

    Anonymous could strike from the shadows deep into our minds replacing literalism with metaphor.

    Indeed Anonymous is a metaphor for unknowing.

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    The Bible - It formed a great deal of how I think about morality and my world view in general

    The Chronicles of Narnia - The books that revealed to me my love of reading

    The Lord of the Rings - My drug of choice during my teenage years

    Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus - Taught me that my husband cannot read my mind no matter how much he loves me

    The Boundaries Book - Helped reduce some of my co-dependency issues

    The Betty Crocker Cookbook
    - Between my two home ec classes and this book, I learned to cook well enough for my purposes, still refer back to it
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
    ~ John Rogers

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    I'm reading Eric Fromm's Beyond The Chains of Illusion: My Encounter With Marx and Freud, its an old book republished by continum, so I keep in mind that whatever revelations it may contain for me personally they have been around for some time and probably exacted as much change as is likely already. So far its good, it repeats but in summation a lot of his ideas that I've read from elsewhere.

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    I had a little epiphany. Up until now I hadn't realized how much these two stories had affected me. But at a time, when I was like 7 or so, this book containing two Oscar Wilde stories (Selfish Giant and Star Child) beautiful illustrated by P. Craig Russel, influenced me immensely.

    It completely revolutionized my Fi outlook on life. It's intimately related to how I feel I don't deserve to be happy...my empathy for the pariahs leads me in turn to be resentful of other people and normal, natural things. I realized this the other day, while talking to my brother...he was explaining how I needed to relax (the cheeky J!) and enjoy life......and he was the one who gave me the book when I was a little kid!

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    'The Castle' by Kafka; Nietzsche; Cioran; Schopenhauer; 'Crime and Punishment' by Dostoyevsky; 'This Craft of Verse' by Borges.

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