“A Book is a gift that you can open again and again” – Garrison Keillor
A book is always a perfect gift that you can give at any time. If the other person is a book lover then there is no better gift than a book written by his/her favorite writer. Selecting books can be a hard choice to make, the best thing to do would be choose the book that is meaningful and suits the personality of the other person. It is the matter of the choice; some may like fiction, self-help books, current-affairs, etc. And, some people don’t like reading books at all, for them a small size book would a good for the initial dose.
So, in this article I would like to present 3 books that can be gifted and suits for all people, so can be gifted indifferently.
- Who Moved My Cheese?
- Who Will Cry When You Die?
- Veronica Decides to Die
Who Moved My Cheese? – Dr. Spenser Johnson
It is a small book with only 96 pages and can be finished within an hour. The book addresses the fact that how we resist to changes in all aspects of our life. Dr. Spenser presents a story with 4 characters:
-Hem and Haw (Little People)
-Sniff and Scurry (Rats)
The characters search for cheese in maze and cheese is metaphorically represented as possession, money, good job, etc. Only day they find abundance of cheese and they settle down near the cheese. Hem and Hew did not notice that the cheese is getting smaller, and they get devastated when they don’t find cheese anymore. Sniff and Scurry accept it and go in search of cheese. But the little people play victim, being intellectual they think they deserved, they go hungry but could not accept it.
The story captures that moment after we have lost something that is important to us and we believe it is the end of the world and we hold fear. To make himself accept reality, Haw writes this on the wall of the maze: “If you do not change, you can become extinct.” And moves on to search of cheese, but Hem get stuck in the luxury of past. Haw comes across wisdom though his journey and summarizes it in the last.
The moral of the story is:
We must change when the change occurs
We must let go off the past and future might have something more bright to give
We must overcome our fear and keep moving forward.
Who Will Cry When You Die? – Robin Sharma
This is one of the best books by Robin Sharma, a motivational speaker. If you need motivation in your life pick any book of his and read. “Who will cry when you die?” is a small book with 101 small chapters. I might call this book a small bible of modern times; you can re-read it again and again. One rightly said that some books are to be read and dumped, and some books are to read again and again and digested. This book is one of that. You can start from any chapters and practice each chapter in your life. This will bring a great transformation in your life. The book is very easy to read with simple but powerful words.
Veronica Decides TO Die – Paulo Coelho.
Paulo Coelho is one of the most read authors in the world. His books are more on the spiritual side. Most of you have read “Alchemist” but Veronica Decide to die is also one of the best books by the writer. There is a movie with the same name but the book is better than the movie. This story is about a 24 year old girl, Veronica, who had everything in the world beauty, loving family, job. Yet she feels incomplete and decides to end her life. But she fails and ends us in a mental asylum but she is told has she has only few days to live. So during that period she come accurses different heightened feelings which she has not felt before. She realizes that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying, and at the eleventh hour she emerges more open to life than ever before.
There are few quotes from the book that I would like to note:
“Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.”
“The danger and adrenaline of an adventure is worth a thousand days of comfort.”
“Collective madness is called sanity ..”
“Books Give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”