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Stretch Your Mind — Inspirational Classics

As you adventure along the path of life in that pursuit of happiness, treat yourself to a mind-stretching book or two to expand your thinking.

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Man's Search for Meaning

How is it that we can find meaning in life when confronted with a hopeless situation? This is the very premise in Dr. Frankl's reflective and inspiring writings. Born out of the years he spent as a prisoner in concentration camps—and what kept him going, Man's Search for Meaning explores the basis of human potential and we can rise above any situation that causes suffering.

   

The Alchemist

Santiago, a shepherd boy searching for his "treasure," teaches us about listening to our heart, acting upon the omens strewn along life's path, and realizing one's destiny is a person's only real obligation. Full of adventure, magic, and wisdom, The Alchemist shares with us that the possibility of having a dream come true is what makes life interesting!

   

Row a Little Boat

Richard Bode's lifelong love affair with sailing provides a vivid metaphor on living life to the fullest. First You Have to Row a Little Boat is a wonderful book that teaches us to maneuver with patience around the obstacles we encounter in our own passage through life.

   

The Giver

What would it be like if we were each given a life assignment? The Giver provides a somewhat eerie look at the way we might live someday. The story takes place in a utopian community where there is no hunger, no disease, no pollution, no fear—until a twelve-year-old boy rebels against the choices that have been denied him.

   

Hope for the Flowers

Hope for the Flowers . . . the rush to get to the top will take new meaning after you read this touching and thought provoking story about two caterpillars. May we all dare to believe in the butterfly inside.

   

Illusions

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

"I command that you be happy in the world, as long as you live!" What if someone demanded that of you? And is it really possible? A wonderful story (and quick read), Richard Bach's Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, takes you on a journey that explores your unique life and, possibly, answers the question of why we exist. And if you like Illusions, you'll also want to read Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a unique fable about a bird's journey of freedom and flight. Through the eyes of Jonathan, you'll learn that there's much more to life than searching for food and flying with the flock. Both these classics can be found at most used bookstores across the country.

   

The Little Prince

While lying in a hospital bed some ten years ago, a dear friend of mine gave me a small book called The Little Prince . . . and within a few hours my entire perspective of life changed—yours will too, as "what is essential is invisible to the eye."

   

Oh, the Places You'll Go! • Dr. Seuss

There is fun to be done! Dr. Seuss opens the door to all the exciting possibilities that lay ahead and earnestly warns of the potential pitfalls. You'll find Oh, the Places You'll Go! to be the perfect send-off for your new adventure.

   

The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff's The Tao of Pooh is the perfect read for anyone wanting to learn the basic principles of Taoism, but through the eyes of the beloved character, Winnie the Pooh—who "wanders around asking silly questions, making up songs, and going through all kinds of adventures, without ever accumulating any amount of intellectual knowledge or losing his simpleminded sort of happiness." Maybe Pooh has something, huh?