1 + Why: What book influenced who you are today – and why?


And here we go! The first week in my newest interview series, 1 + Why, explored the idea of books making a difference in who we are as people. While we all have plenty of stories that we love, I wanted to learn more about those ones that awoke something within, created a stir, and called us to action.  Whether it be in our personal, professional, or community lives, great books can affect how we see the world – and ourselves.

Here are what a few of this week’s responders shared…

“This one is definitively Ecotopia. Ernest Callenbach succinctly painted the picture of what a sustainable future could look like and helped me identify my personal goal of educating people on the importance of a sustainable society.”

Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner. It made me think about me and did I want to stay in that marriage- would it make me as bitter as the character Susan Ward? Would my staying be better or my happiness? Which would have the greater impact on my children? I chose to leave that relationship.”

“Forced to choose one, I will go with To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s such a human story. The characters have layers and the story has layers. Nothing is ever black & white. And it’s written from the perspective of a child. It’s a moment in American history and it has love, hate, and redemption.”

“I would have to say, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thích Nhất Hạnh. It taught me a lot about being in the moment and paying attention … and how my thoughts could effect peace.”

As for me, Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes absolutely rocked my world when I read it a couple of years ago.  As the summary states, it is “about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change.” For me? It gave me permission to make new decisions, it opened my eyes to the creative ways others are living simply, and it spurred me to start in a new, clearer direction in my own life. From my thoughts around holistic health to how I started to figure out what I really want out of my professional life, Hayes’ stories of people living life on their own terms – simply, sustainably and focused away from wasteful mass consumerism – reached me at the time I needed to hear them the most.

Ok, so…NEXT QUESTION! For the second week in my new interview series, I want to find out about what you’re especially proud of.  So the question I pose is this: What do you consider to be your single biggest accomplishment in the past five years – and why? From personal to career to spiritual to everything in between, there are no boundaries (except to only give me ONE accomplishment, that is!).  Leave me a comment with your answer here between now and next Wednesday, or go visit me on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn and respond there, then look for results next week!



One thought on “1 + Why: What book influenced who you are today – and why?

  1. I would say that my biggest accomplishment is designing, and living, a life which I truly love … one which follows my path and not the well-traveled road of others. Every single day is mine … it is dictated by me. There’s pure joy in that!


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