When a Book Changes Your Life, It Says More About You Than the Book

I went bowling last week for first time in five years. As a friend and I waited for our lane, I was telling him about the book Chasing Daylight. A woman standing nearby overheard us and jumped in.

This being San Francisco, the chances of her being a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or trans-gendered sex therapist living in a Berkeley commune were very high. In this case, she turned out to work at Hummer Winblad, the local venture fund.

She said, "My boss told me to read Chasing Daylight because it changed his life."

Chasing Daylight had a big impact on me, too. But it won’t on everybody.

I believe that when a book changes your life, it says more about you (and what was going on in your life at the time) than the book. A life-changing book (or movie, or trip) is probably well done, but you were also probably really looking for a life-changing experience. So you got one.

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5 Responses to When a Book Changes Your Life, It Says More About You Than the Book

  1. Sean S says:

    I once read a quote: “We do not see the world as it is; we the world as we are.”

    I suppose the same holds true for books.

  2. Chasing Daylight is perhaps one of the most profound and deeply moving books written in the last 20 years. I have to agree with those who define it as a life changing book. for whatever reason, I don’t think anyone can walk away from this book unchanged.

    Definitely worth the read.

  3. Nithin Kumar says:

    Hey pal no RSS feed to your blog?

  4. Scott Jackson says:

    “This being San Francisco, the chances of her being a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or trans-gendered sex therapist living in a Berkeley commune were very high. In this case, she turned out to work at Hummer Winblad, the local venture fund.”

    L0L

  5. Hanna says:

    I think you are right. I’ve been “down” a lot lately, thinking about my life and how, why and asking big questions. I think almost everything I see or read or experince right now has special meaning – because of my state of mind right now. I’m looking, wide eyed, everywhere! :-)

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