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Subject: What novels did you find a spiritual link with?
Date Posted: 9/15/2007 3:56 PM ET
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I read alot of fiction.  Sometimes I will find a religious or spiritual message or feel a book really speaks to me on that level. Have any works of fiction done this to you?

The first one that comes to mind is Siddartha by Hermann Hesse.  It's set in India and is about one man's spiritual journey.  He starts out as a young man being a devotee to one religious leader.  When everything falls apart, he seeks somewhere else.  He ends up in complete dillusionment.  In the end when he gives up his searching, he finds what he is looking for in the most unlikely of places.

Another was The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  Celie's writing letters to God was deeply moving.

What books have touched you in this way?

 



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Date Posted: 9/16/2007 4:26 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate.  I thought there was a lot of wisdom for every day life in there. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 11:29 PM ET
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They aren't books, but a couple of movies have been really important to me...perhaps the most was

Spring, summer, fall, winter, and ...Spring.    Suprisingly, my son really enjoyed it too, and he was only 9 at the time - and he really GOT it too!  It suprised me.

Here's the trailer:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374546/trailers-screenplay-E20250-10-2

 

The other movie was ASOKA.  I had to buy it.  I've watched it umpteen times.

here is the trailer for it:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0249371/trailers-screenplay-E21170-10-2

T. -
Date Posted: 9/17/2007 4:03 AM ET
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I could list several books...but I'm only going to list one--What Dreams May Come. The movie did not come close to the novel.  It touched my soul. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 3:08 AM ET
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I find fantasy sometimes interesting on a spiritual level.  The Death Gate Cycle and the DragonLance books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have different religious structures than our world.  They really make me think (in among the sword fighting and magic)

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 12:54 PM ET
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Christian biographies and how the Lord led them through great trials and always brought them out to know him more deeply.  Haralon Papov was the one novel that absolutely touched me of how much a person can go through because of his love and faith in the Lord and live to tell about it.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/2/2007 6:28 AM ET
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 Have been pondering this question for a long time.  I have had certain books affect me greatly - Into The Wild was one, as did Among Grizzlies by Timothy Treadwell.  I wouldn't say it was a spiritual connection, per se, but definitely something that affected my core being...