The world is full of different perspectives and experiences. What if we could all empathize with one another and share what it feels like to be in a different place or time? Then, maybe we would all start to accept the other instead of tossing labels at those that don’t fit within the view. We have our own lives, but there are always things that transcend beyond them. There are things that are universal and provide a connection to one another, even though it might be a surprising one.
These 6 books will help you find that connection and grow from your own experiences. Inspiration from artists, authors, and even leaders, these books help the reader to truly understand the other side of life.
1-The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav.
How would you like to be guided through a totally different world? That’s what Gary Zukav does. This book is about a man who was alive during wartime, but his soul was in a different realm of existence. Zukav has had many strange experiences, but he can connect with this past life and the world he lived in. He explains to the reader his own life, where he came from, and how it shaped his present behavior and provided some essential lessons for the current generation.
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2-The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales, by Dr. Oliver Sacks.
Dr. Oliver Sacks is one of a kind. He was a neurologist and highly intelligent. This book follows his adventures in his practice of neurology. He worked with many patients who suffered from some of the most unusual disorders, but he was able to see their humanity and put them in a realm that we can all understand. Some of the things that he witnessed are unlike anything else you will find in literature. But, the most important thing to note is the ability to empathize with these patients and find those universal elements that make us human.
3-Naked Lunch, by William S Burroughs
We have all seen movies before where characters smoke marijuana on screen. But, how many of us can say we have read a book where one of the main character’s main interests is using marijuana and shooting heroin? Burroughs takes the reader on an adventure. Naked Lunch is about a man who is addicted to drugs, but that’s just the surface. He has some of the most bizarre hallucinations and delusions that will leave readers in awe. This was an interesting book to read. Not because it was entertaining, but because it made me think about different perspectives and find those ideas that are universal across all people.
4-A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany takes place during the time of World War II and the Vietnam war era. It features many interesting characters, but the main character is Owen Meany. He is small in stature and surprisingly intelligent. He goes through one adventure after another, but what is so interesting about his life is that he has a special relationship with God which helps him to overcome many things in his life. This book will make you reflect on your own mortality and change your perspective about it. It also makes you see how truly important religion can be for some people, as well as reminding you that there are universal connections among all of humanity.
5-One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez takes us on a journey through time and space in this novel. The narrative follows a family who lives in a town called Macondo. This is a very poetic family, and they went through many ups and downs. One of the things that are most memorable about this book is how the author was able to take us on an adventure through time and space, but at the same time sharing those universal experiences that we all have. In addition to taking us on this journey, we realize how similar all people are. We laugh, we smile, and we cry with these characters just as they do with each other. We realize the parallels between them and ourselves through their adventures.
6-The Heart of the World, by Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards is one of the greatest theologians that ever lived. He was able to control his intellectual abilities and use them to bring people to spiritual enlightenment. If you want some great ideas on how to be a better writer, then look no further than his work. This book takes you through a journey of spirituality and change for the reader and makes them reflect on their own lives. They will find many similarities in other characters at times, but most importantly, they will find that love for God. If you have never read a Jonathan Edwards book, this would be an excellent place to start.
If you are looking for a book to help you change your perspective, or grow in some form, then you should try one of these books. They will open your mind and help you see the similarities that all people share.