Books That Change Your Outlook

Books have the power to accelerate change in our thinking, our actions, and our worldview. It’s day two in the fabulous 30 Day Book Challenge 2014. The question of the day is:

  • Which book changed your outlook on something important or meaningful to you?

A book I started in 2013 and I’m still reading now is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and John David Mann.

This book gave me two big AHAs.

1. Even the most insignificant actions and choices we make each day add up to create big effects in our lives. These can be positive or negative, depending on the choices you make.

2. The authors quoted a study that correlated rates of heart attack and stroke to words used on Twitter. Guess what? People who used negative words in their 140 character messages had a higher incidence of negative health events in their lives. It appears our thinking and attitudes really affect our overall health, and not just temporarily.

So what I’m taking away from this book is to keep it positive. People already say I’m a bit of a PollyAnna, but now I have even more reason to be so. (Smiley face with twinkling teeth.)

While I have your attention, can I just say thank you for reading this post and joining in with my 30 Day Book Challenge? If you haven’t joined, you can click the link to get a set of the questions and jump in any time! I’m posting my daily answers at my Suzanne Lilly Author Facebook page, also my Pinterest page, when I have pictures, and periodically here on the TeacherWriter blog.



7 responses to “Books That Change Your Outlook

  1. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle has had the most profound effect on my life in many ways. God on a Harley is also a long-time favorite read and has stuck with me over the years.


    • Yes, A New Earth is quite a good book. I’ve never read God on a Harley, so I’ll have to add that to my reading list. I read The Instruction after you recommended it last spring, and I really enjoyed it.


  2. Sounds interesting! I’d have to say The Shack for this one 🙂


  3. Vicki Tremper

    I can never think of answers when I read blog posts. Ack. I’ll try to remember to come back if I think of one. Good luck with the challenge!


  4. Can I just say that I’ve been following your 30 days on FB and I’m incredibly impressed? Go, you! Also, ATLAS SHRUGGED impressed the heck out of me as well. And not just because I proved I could read a book as big as a brick. (It was really heady stuff and made me think about…gasp!… economics and such!) 🙂


    • Thanks, Cathy! You know, I felt the same way when I read ATLAS SHRUGGED. I was thinking I’d never finish, but then I really enjoyed it. Hey! You just gave me the inspiration for Day 29 on the 30 Day Book Challenge!