Last week, one of our team members started a debate for a list of ten books that we felt everyone should read at least once in their lives. The question piqued our interest, and we immediately got into a heated discussion.
Did the list have to include religious books? Is it necessary to include the Bible? No text has had a greater impact on Western culture, but reading the Bhagwat Geeta, Koran, or Torah for a more enlightened worldview may be just as significant.
What resonates with Millennials and, more recently, Generation Z?
Rather than stressing about what had to be included, we decided to present a series of
books that can change the way you think and feel while still reflecting our diverse interests.
We hope you find our recommendations useful.
THE CELESTINE PROPHECY
An excellent introduction to understanding energy fields around you. The human race is on a journey towards spiritual awareness. James Refield tells a compelling tale taking you down the journey of the narrator’s spiritual awakening.
The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, it tells you how to make connections between the events happening in your own life right now…and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come.
The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystalize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life…and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.
A book that comes along just once in a lifetime to change lives forever.
THE ART OF WAR
Few books survive the test of time. The Art Of War, written centuries ago, still maintains a place in many must-read lists. The simple reason is the practical approach to dealing with situations of “war” mentioned in the book still applies in day-to-day situations today.
Including negotiations, interpersonal dealings and business & management.
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without a battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.
MANY LIVES MANY MASTERS
The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient and the Past-life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives.Psychiatrist Dr Brian Weiss had been working with Catherine, a young patient, for eighteen months. Catherine was suffering from recurring nightmares and chronic anxiety attacks. When his traditional methods of therapy failed, Dr Weiss turned to hypnosis and was astonished and sceptical when Catherine began recalling past-life traumas which seemed to hold the key to her problems.
Dr Weiss’s scepticism was eroded when Catherine began to channel messages from ‘the space between lives’, which contained remarkable revelations about his own life. Acting as a channel for information from highly evolved spirit entities called the Masters, Catherine revealed many secrets of life and death.
This fascinating case dramatically altered the lives of Catherine and Dr. Weiss and provides important information on the mysteries of the mind, the continuation of life after death, and the influence of our past-life experiences on our present behavior.
THE ZURICH AXIOMS
If you want to get rich, no matter how inexperienced you are in investment, this book can help you. Its message is that you must learn neither to avoid risk nor to court it foolhardily, but to manage it – and enjoy it too. The 12 major and 16 minor Zurich Axioms contained in this book are a set of principles providing a practical philosophy for the realistic management of risk, which can be followed successfully by anyone, not merely the ‘experts’. Several of the Axioms fly right in the face of the traditional wisdom of the investment advice business – yet the enterprising Swiss speculators who devised them became rich, while many investors who follow the conventional path do not. Max Gunther, whose father was one of the original speculators who devised the Axioms, made his first capital gain on the stock market at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Now the rest of us can follow in his footsteps.Startlingly straightforward, the Axioms are explained in a book that is not only extremely entertaining but will prove invaluable to any investor, whether in stocks, commodities, art, antiques or real estate, who is willing to take risk on its own terms and chance a little to gain a lot.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
There is much to this book than just reading. One of the most beloved picture books of all time.
A timeless masterpiece. The illustrations, the fabulous monsters, the beautiful cross-hatching, and the surreal, dreamlike narrative beckons the reader to join the adventure. The themes are perfect for inspiring discussion on confronting life’s scary things, mastering your fears and being brave, letting off steam, saying goodbye, and the comfort of returning home safe and sound ― Child Education
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset.
As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.