A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.
Two people asked a similar question:
Charlie Quillen asks:
Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike?
I would say yes, a lot of books. I take away and/or find something in many fictional books and memoirs that I can either relate to, as far as the premise or characters and that also create thought provoking thoughts.
Three books come to mind that I have recently read. Two were fictional, but the premises were controversial moral issues that both educated and enlightened me whereas my original standpoint was waivered. Betty’s (Little Basement Garden by Laurel Dewey, which is about medicinal marijuana and acceptance of it, and The Volunteer by Barbara Taylor Sissel, which deals with the death penalty.
The third book is a memoir, that truly touched me to the core. A book that will stay with me for quite some time. Ragdoll Redeemed: Growing Up In The Shadow of Marilyn Monroe by Dawn Novotny. The author shares a very traumatic childhood into adulthood life and how she fights back to regain her life. Ms. Novotny was victimized and has dealt with issues that are so profound but has the courage and will to change her past to become a happy, forgiving and content person today. This book is the one that mostly changed my life. There were so many issues, thankfully not to the degree that the author had to face, that paralleled my own life. And in some of those instances, I am trying to mirror the author’s courage and outlook that has inspired me to live each day differently. I can’t stress enough, how good this book is. But on June 7th, mark your calendars, she will be a guest here where you can meet her, read a little about her journey through life and even get a chance to win a copy of this amazing book. This book is such a must read!!!