Books are what brings me peace, happiness, and comfort. I love words. I always have and always will. In honor of National Author’s Day, I’m celebrating some of the authors whose books, whose words have such a profound impact on my life.
It’s been a couple of years since I first read “Eat, Pray, Love” yet I’m always eager to still talk about it. Gilbert’s writing is unique. It’s intimate, vulnerable, smart and witty. I admire her courage and willingness to let her readers into her life. As she does this, she makes us examine our lives and find the commonality in the emotions we all share as humans.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
When I read “Americanah,” I said to myself, “I get it.” I appreciated it because I understood from my experiences. It’s real to me. It’s an intelligent and thought-provoking read. Adichie’s books contain such history, facts, and depth. She then intertwines history with these stories that are touching, sweet and tragic all at the same time. Her writing is shooting an arrow and landing right on target.
When I think about Mark Nepo, the first word that comes to my mind is Peace. He uses his experiences and knowledge to gift us with words that heal, uplift and enlighten. I read “The One Life We’re Given” at a time I was unhappy, broken and weak. His words strengthened me. His words gave me peace. His words gave me hope. His words give me life.
Michael A. Singer
I found out about this book out of curiosity. What I like about Michael Singer is that he’s a teacher. I learn from his books. I learn about myself. I learn about my behaviors and patterns of being. I learn how to overcome my limitations. His writing is something to be remembered. It’s something to take notes off. His words are what you have to go back to learn and re-learn and then learn again.
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T.D. Jakes is a power-house. His words have power whether it’s written or spoken. Powerful. Encouraging. Motivating. His words motivate me in my spiritual life. His words motivate in my challenges to know that there is a way. There is a reason. There is an answer. On the days I feel far from God, his words draw me nearer, closer to my blessed savior…
I had never heard of this author until one day, I saw my co-worker with a book on her desk, “Bad Feminist.” When I read the book, I laughed. I shook my head in affirmation. I underlined and underlined. This author is more than witty though. She’s also incredibly smart. Her words come with a clever punch. I enjoyed reading “Bad Feminist” and “An Untamed State.”
Mitch Albom is that author whose books you just want to pass on. His books deal with inspiring stories, philosophies, and morals that make you question how you’re living your life. “Tuesdays with Morrie” is a breath of fresh air. It made me cry. It made me smile. It made me think. Albom’s books need to be passed on. Get one for yourself and then get copies for a friend, sister, co-worker, boyfriend, husband, wife, your child. Get it for everyone.
Brown is also a teacher to me. She helps me understand what it means to be vulnerable. She helps me understand what is needed to connect. She helps me understand what it takes to be courageous. Her books are not meant to be skimped through. They should be studied and applied in order to learn to function in ways that will make us genuinely happy with our lives and with ourselves.
There you have it. Those are just a few of the authors whose books mean much to me. Who are your favorite authors?