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Best book ever written!

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Geoff-Allen, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Not sure where 2 post this - it could lead 2 a religious debate, I suppose :)

    Been book shopping again! Picked up a very interesting book called "Books that changed the world" by Andrew taylor

    It is a summary of 50 of the best books ever written. There is the Bible & Koran along with books by Plato, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Galileo, Dickens and Marx to name a few.

    I didn't know an awful lot about Confucius before reading his chapter. A quick search of the web tosses up a few -

    Confucius Quotes, Sayings and Words of Wisdom | LookWithinYou.com

    If you Google "Best books ever written" you get a lot of opinions. It's an interesting subject.

    So, tell us what is your favourite book. Some of you may nominate the Bible and there is a lot of good stuff in the Bible such as "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone", "Love your enemy" and "Blessed are the meek."

    It is an awfully hard choice, but I would have 2 give the nod to "The Mastery of Love" by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book is full of wisdom passed down from generation to generation amongst the Toltecs. It has stories and advice all designed 2 help you become more loving towards yourself and other people.

    For some idea, try plugging this phrase into google - Mastery love heart magical kitchen

    The book is worth getting for the self-love prayer on its own! You are in luck! You don't even need 2 buy the book - it is out there in cyberspace -

    Prayers - Ananda Life Coaching

    So, tell us about your favourite book and why you enjoy it so much.

    Cheers!
     
  2. Gjallarhorn

    Gjallarhorn N'yog-Sothep

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    New Jedi Order: Traitor by Matthew Stover. It's blatant fantasy but still manages to be more meaningful than most religious or "spiritual" books.
     
  3. Riverwolf

    Riverwolf Amateur Rambler / Proud Ergi
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    If you're naming a "best book ever written", you haven't read enough books.

    So for me, it's a book I've not even read yet: Don Quixote. (I have it on my shelf, and have for years, but haven't gotten around to it.) It's my best book ever written, because it's a guy who spends all his time reading grand adventure books, and then decides to live as a great knight, and proceeds to charge a bunch of windmills thinking that they're vicious giants.

    So not only is that TOTALLY ME, it's basically the book that basically gave birth to LARPing.
     
  4. Majikthise

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    Robert Heinlein's "Starship Troopers".
    Really.
    Though I am a sci fi lover it's not the powered armor suits or futuristic battles (of which there are only two and they are very short) that make this my favorite piece of literature. It addresses much in the way of philosophy and societal structuring that I found myself agreeing with at an early age.
    I also read Joe Halderman's "The Forever War" as it was more space troopers in armor. Alot more scientific concepts that were really cool and a deeper story of the aliens motives, but it was the philosophical antithesis of ST.

    Starship Troopers definitely my favorite. But it was a close tie with Joseph Heller's "Catch 22", another work of genius.
     
  5. rusra02

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    No question, the Bible is the greatest book, and the only book containing "the truth" about God. (John 17:17) It is the all-time best seller, written by over 40 different men spanning some 1,500 years. Completed almost 2,000 years ago, it is as relevant today, IMO, as it was when first penned. Not a science book, the Bible is scientifically accurate. Historically accurate, and uniquely, a book that unerringly foretells future events, the Bible is without peer amongst all literature. (Isaiah 46:9,10)
     
  6. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    The Thorn Birds, Colleen Mc Collough

    and not because I am a Catholic
     
  7. sandandfoam

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    My favourite book is Gibrans Sand and Foam. It has fed my mind for years.
     
  8. roger1440

    roger1440 I do stuff

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    I don’t have a favorite book, but I do have a favorite topic. My favorite author for about 25 years has been Elaine Pagels. She is the author of the 1979 book, “The Gnostic Gospels”. Her book ranks 72 on the Modern Library website for “best 100 non-fiction books”.
    100 Best Nonfiction « Modern Library


    My favorite can be seen on my facebook page at:
    https://www.facebook.com/roger1440/books
     
  9. paarsurrey

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    Sorry, NT-Bible is not a book in the real sense. It is a conglomerate of books jumbled together; never written by one author under a systematic theme.

    Regards
     
  10. paarsurrey

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    Quran is the best and mostly read book/recitation in the world, authored by One-True-God, most systematic and living book with claims as well as reasons/wisdom on all ethical, moral and spiritual issues.

    Regards
     
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    While writing for this thread, I searched on the topic of "book" and came by the following interesting article in The Economist. I give its link and would be happy for your thoughts on its contents:

    The Bible v the Koran
    The battle of the books
    The Bible v the Koran: The battle of the books | The Economist

    Both believing in a religion or no religion may discuss.

    Regards
     
  13. paarsurrey

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    I am happy that everybody has accepted Quran the best written/authored book ever. It deserve this credit as it has the signatures of One-True-God as we find his signatures on the Universe/s created by Him.His Word corresponds with His Work.

    Agree? Please

    Regards
     
  14. Riverwolf

    Riverwolf Amateur Rambler / Proud Ergi
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    I don't. Therefore not everybody does.

    Tirukkural is better.
     
  15. Alceste

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    My top ten, in no particular order.

    Tao te Ching
    Einstein's Dreams (Lightman)
    Shipbreaker (Bacigalupi)
    Candide (Voltaire)
    Song of Ice and Fire series (Martin)
    The Hobbit (Tolkien)
    The Greatest Show on Earth (Dawkins)
    A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bryson)
    The True Believer (Hoffer)
    The Depression (Burton)
    War (Dyer)
    The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver)
    Le Petit Prince (de Saint-Exupery)
    Discworld series. (Pratchett)
    Wizard of Earthsea (leGuinn)

    Ok, top more than ten.:D

    I don't think I could ever pick one "best book". I'm much too fond of books.
     
  16. Skwim

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    Best book ever written.

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  17. paarsurrey

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    I don't think The Oxford English Dictionary is a book one reads from cover to cover.

    Please enlighten us as to why you chose it as a best book ever written?

    Do you want to convey us that English has the biggest vocabulary of counting words in the world? Please

    Regards
     
  18. paarsurrey

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    Is Tirukkural better than "The Bhagavad Gita"?
    You must have read both from cover to cover.
    Have you?

    Anybody who have read both the above books, please.

    Please
     
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    Because it can tell the difference between mythology and reality :biglaugh:
     
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