There's a meme going around that asks that we name five books that have influenced our way of thinking. I've decided to do this, but with a twist (I'm probably cheating). One set will be fiction, one will be non-fiction. It goes without saying that the Bible has greatly influenced me, but I feel that's a cop-out answer.
None of these are in a particular order, I'm only numbering so you can see that I'm not cheating.
- The Anatomy of Hope (Gerome Groopman): This book influenced my thinking by showing how hope can influence the course of an illness. If I'm going to deal with the RSD effectively, hope will need to be a part of my tool box.
- Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich): You don't realize the injustices of our minimum wage system until they're pointed out to you. That's what this book did for me.
- When God Whispers Your Name (Max Lucado): This book reminds me that God knows my name, loves me and has a plan for me.
- No Pity (Joseph Shapiro): This was the first book I read that addressed the civil rights movement for people with disabilities. It opened my eyes to the injustices and showed me that I could and should stand up for myself.
- Left to Tell (Imaculee Ilibagiza): Again, you don't know about injustices until they are pointed out. This book also did that for me.
- A Different Life (Lois Keen): This is a fictional account of a young woman (she's 15 at the time) and her journey to adjust to and accept her disability. The author is also in a wheelchair. The story really helped me understand disabilities in a new way.
- The Healer (Dee Henderson): This is the fifth book in the O'Malley series. It really helped me to see the characters and their response to the way God chooses to answer their prayers and sometimes it's not the way they'd like.
- Rules of the Road (Joan Bauer): The main character in this book has to come to terms with what her identity is and how she will choose to respond to life's challenges. The author resolves this "crisis" realistically without sugar coating.
- The Gift (T. Davis Bunn): The author paints a beautiful picture of two women growing closer to God.
- Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe): This book forever changed my opinion of colonization and the way in which I view "Christian outreach".
So, there are my books. I encourage you all to read them if you can!