I am living proof, reading books can change your life. Without books, I would still be living in an abusive and repressive society.
As an abused teenager a few teachers stepped up and helped me out. This was before the days when spanking was verboten. (Trust me, spare the rod, spoil the child is a stupid and debilitating method of child-rearing.) These teachers save my life and paved the way for me to live in a real way–from the inside out!
The first book that changed my life: HIGH BRIGHT BUGGY WHEELS–no a literary world success but a book that showed me a path out of the regressive religious environment my father created and tried to force down my throat–literally.
Then came Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, Willa Cather, Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Atwood. By the time I met David Clemens, I was a reading maniac. In 1971 David and I bought THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS and my world view shifted–I was pregnant and knew in my soul it would be a daughter. It took six readings of THE LORD OF THE RINGS for us to agree on the name Lorien.
My reading life expanded and by the time Lorien was fifteen Joseph Campbell was helping my soul to heal and propelled me to be the woman I am today.
Life is a journey and we each MUST live our lives through OUR self-created journey. Books can make a difference in the choices you make and the realities you embrace.
Now that I’m an author I have the blessed honor to speak from my source the magic of life.
If I could recommend just one thing to humanity to make a difference it would be READ! Daily! Everything you can get your hands on.
Here is another author’s thoughts on reading: This Question Will Change Your (Reading) Life