What are your Bible Equivalents?


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Every time I move, I have a few books that I stuff into my backpack and bring with me, along with the most important of my currently active notebooks. When my backpack is packed it’s the last thing to leave the place except for the cleaning supplies — and it stays with me no matter what.

The books I put in it are the equivalent of the Christian Bible for me. Around the time that I put them together, I always wonder what other people’s are.

They can be books that you just really, really like a lot, I guess. But what I mean are what books are meaningful for you, or say something profound to you about the way to live life? Or have a spiritual message that applies to you, even if they aren’t necessarily spiritual in nature? They can be pagan books or not, or fiction, nonfiction, poetry, whatever.

Mine are:

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach (this one was the first book I made sure I always had with me)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite (Billy Martin)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (this is the latest one to make the grade for me — it’s been with the others for about the past five or six years)

There are a few others: The collected Poe, Millay, and Yeats. Best Loved Poems of the American People. The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and The Awakening by Kate Chopin. But they aren’t in my absolute, last to leave group.

I hope this makes sense, I’m really tired but having an insomnia fit.

So what about you?

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