That Changed Their Lives
By Arielle Ford
Is there a book that has influenced you so much that you might not be where you are today without it?
That question has become the foundation for a new book club called the Transformational Book Circle. Created by bestselling author and relationship expert, Gay Hendricks — Jack Canfield, Neale Donald Walsch, Louise Hay, Barbara DeAngelis, Kenny Loggins, Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Bill Harris and many other transformational and spiritual leaders were asked this question: “Which book changed your life?” And the answers surprised him.
“Every person I asked told me a remarkable story about how one or more books had opened the gateway to a new dimension. And when they told me, their eyes sparkled with excitement as they relived the powerful transformation the books had brought them. Nearly all of these books were virtually unheard of, and many were out-of-print,” explains Hendricks.
What began as a curious conversation has evolved into the Transformational Book Circle. Designed to be the world’s first transformational reading community, Hendricks believes we can use these books to create powerful changes in our own lives, and at the same time make a genuine contribution to a more harmonious world.
“We have tracked down these little-known books and reprinted them. Each month we will be sending one book to our members, along with a CD featuring an interview with the person who recommended the book, and various exercises,” says Hendricks.
We sat down with TBC founder, Gay Hendricks, for a few questions of our own:
Will you share with us a book that has changed your life? Sure. Thirty years ago, while working on my Ph.D. at Stanford, I read a remarkable article about a pilot shot down and imprisoned in Vietnam. He kept himself sane during years in a cell by recalling passages of a little book by Epictetus that he had memorized earlier in his life. It was called The Enchiridion, which means “Handbook” in Greek. When I read it, I was absolutely enthralled by the principles and concepts it contained, especially in light of the fact that it had been written two thousand years ago. As a clinical psychologist, I found the principles to be essential to helping people change their lives.
Even if people only read the first page and understand what it says, they will have a skill for creating harmony and well-being in their lives that is more powerful than anything I have ever seen. The problem was that the book was written in old-fashioned language, making it hard for people to make their way through it. Over many years a colleague and I have re-written it in modern language, creating the special version that is now available only through the Transformational Book Circle. It’s called The Book of Life, and will be the first selection released by the TBC this year.
What books are you reading now? I read a lot of novels in addition to
non-fiction. I just finished a beautiful book called Crescent, a love story
about a middle-eastern woman in Los Angeles. My wife, Kathlyn, and I often read
a book together so we can talk about it with each other as we go along.
What kind of books do you consider a “guilty pleasure?”
I love mysteries, almost always have one by my bedside for late-night reading.
The best mystery writers I have discovered recently are Michael Connelly, T.
Jefferson Parker and Robert Ferrigno.
Membership in the Transformational Book Circle is reasonably priced ($19 month plus s&h) and you can cancel at any time. For more information, see www.transformationalbookcircle.com The Transformational Book Circle is a subsidiary of Cinema Circle, Inc., the parent company of The Spiritual Cinema Circle, a DVD club dedicated to inspiring and uplifting films.
Arielle Ford lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband and cats. (Otherwise known
as angels in fur coats) She is the author of seven books, including the
up-coming “Everything You Should Know About Publishing, Publicity and Building a
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