I thought I would share with you my ‘Top Ten’ books of all time. These are books that either had a profound effect on my life, or were simply a good enough read that I have actually read them more than once!
Top Ten books:
The Holy Bible (written by the hand of holy Prophets in ancient Israel)
Reading this book, specifically the New Testament, brought me to an understanding of Jesus Christ. After studying most of the major religions of the world, I was drawn to, and believe in, Jesus Christ.
The Book of Mormon (written by the hand of holy Prophets in ancient America)
Reading this book gave me an understanding of which Christian church was right. This could have been difficult for me—believing in Jesus Christ but not knowing which of the many churches was true—but ended up to be quite simple: the Book of Mormon is proof that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ.
The Doctrine and Covenants (written by the Prophet Joseph Smith)
Reading this book gave me an understanding of the deep and profound doctrines that pertain to God on a universal scale. It is one thing to believe in Jesus Christ, it is quite another to understand the grand scope of existence—from the pre-mortal life to the many kingdoms and worlds that await us after death. This book gave me a more complete understanding of the Plan of Salvation and what is required of every person to be able to live in the Kingdom of God.
The Pearl of Great Price (translated from ancient papyrus of Moses and Abraham)
This book took me back to the beginning—to the creation of the world and the beginning of life on earth, and tied together the beginning of the world to the end of the world, when Christ comes again.
The Law by Frederic Bastiat
This taught me the true meaning of good government vs bad government. Why laws are created, and what constitutes a good law for society:
In brief, no government should create a law that permits a government to do what an individual cannot or should not.
For example: If I go to my neighbor and take something of his without permission, it is wrong. It is called stealing (one of the BIG Ten Commandments), and the act should be punished. However, if a government passes a law that takes from my neighbor without his permission, and gives what was my neighbor’s to me…they call that Socialism or Communism, and it is heralded as good. The intellectual disconnect between what we can and cannot do as individuals, and what we permit government to do as a society is the height of hypocrisy.
Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
The ability to obtain peace and serenity through seeking and understanding universal truth can be life changing. Having studied Eastern Religions for many years, I have found this book is able to relate the simple and profound concepts better than any other I have read. Buddha, through the universal light of truth that dwells within each of us, was able to develop a way of life, and way of looking at life, that can bring great peace to anyone. It is unfortunate that the followers of Buddha turned his teachings into a religion (something the Buddha himself would not have wanted) that often distorts the truths that he found and was trying to teach others. When asked about God, the Buddha would simply answer truthfully that he did not know about God—he was simply teaching the truths that he was able to obtain through seeking to understand the universal truths he discovered all around him.
The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
For the pure joy of reading and escaping into a fantasy world, nothing compares to this series.
Dune by Frank Herbert
The joining of fantasy and science fiction has made this series a classic.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
This was read to our entire class in 5th grade. Wow! I can remember to this day the excitement and anticipation of reading another chapter in this wonderful book.
The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
A great science fiction series of space and exploration
I would be interested to hear from others what their Top Ten would be!