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Reading Tips: 28 Good Books That Will Change Your Life

Looking for good books? You will find it here! I will introduce you to 28 good books that have literally changed my life. Some deal with spiritual issues, others with sustainability, health, self-love and self-actualization. Many of the books shock, deal with critical topics and stimulate thought. However, they all have one thing in common: They moved me to change my mindset and, in some cases, even my lifestyle.

I can recommend the following books to you from the bottom of my heart and hope that they will also be a little help on your path in life and that they may even have a positive influence on you.

# 1 eat animals

Eating animals is not just about why people eat animals, but above all about whether they would eat them even if they knew how to raise, keep and slaughter them. To find out, Jonathan Safran Foer breaks into animal farms at night and reports of catastrophic conditions in the stables, brutal killing practices and sick animals stuffed with antibiotics that later end up on our supermarket shelves.

What the book changed for me:

Although I had a vegetarian diet a long time before, this book showed me once again in 2017 how disgusting, heartless and brutal the meat industry deals with living things. Some of the author's shocking descriptions got so bad that I didn't know whether to cry or throw up. Eating animals definitely makes you rethink and I hope with all my heart that everyone in the world will read it.


# 2 The Big Five for Life

This book tells the inspiring story of a terminally ill young man who asks himself to ask profound questions: What is my personal meaning in life? What do I want to experience before I die? What is stopping me from living a full life and being happy? The Big for Life is not only about private life, but above all about fulfilling the job and about leadership principles.

What the book changed for me:

The Big Five for Life made me think about the meaning of my existence in 2013. At that time I was still working in event management, then I completely rethought my everyday (work) life and embarked on a new professional path. Since reading this book, I've also tried to collect as many museum days as possible in my life. You can find out what this is all about in the book.


# 3 Live (even) better without plastic

Plastic is not only harmful to our planet, it makes us sick. Whether in shower gel, cosmetics or cleaning products - every day we are in contact with microplastics and other dangerous substances that get into our bodies and pollute water. In this book there is a lot of information about microplastics and their effects. There are ideas and tips to save plastic as well as simple recipes for making everyday items yourself.

What the book changed for me:

After reading Live Better Without Plastic in 2018 and implemented a number of tips, I also moved into Living Better Without Plastic at the beginning of 2019. Since then, a lot has changed at home and while traveling. I have replaced almost all of my cosmetic products with plastic-free alternatives, I now make detergents, cleaning agents and dishwashing detergents myself and buy much more consciously and environmentally friendly.


# 4 Put an end to the daily end of the world

Terrorist attacks, economic crises, wars, global warming, famine, corruption and disasters - the daily news is so overloaded with negative that positive events are hardly mentioned. All of this leaves us overwhelmed, helpless and with a lot of Weltschmerz. This book sheds light on the effects of information overload and black-and-white reporting. At the same time, it also shows what you can do about the digital littering of your brain and what alternative reporting could look like.

What the book changed for me:

The end of the daily end of the world showed me in 2019 why I, too, feel more attracted to bad news than good and why I am often stressed as a result, unable to fall asleep and even developed fears. Even if I don't always manage to implement it on a daily basis, the book has helped me to better deal with the media. It also motivated me that as an individual I can very well make a difference in this world.


# 5 The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

We behave like a child in our western world when it comes to death when it comes to the subject of death when it covers its eyes while playing hide-and-seek and believes that it is not seen. We are so scared of dying that we refuse to deal with the end of our life, simply ignoring our own impermanence. Based on Buddhism, this book brings us a deeper understanding of life, death and rebirth.

What the book changed for me:

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying in 2014 helped me to accept death as a natural part of life. I do not want to say that I have overcome the fear of my own death or that of a loved one, but I have thoroughly studied the subject (the book is a pretty big ham) and learned one thing above all: In the here and now to live.


# 6 From the end of the climate crisis

In this book, the young climate activists Luisa Neubauer and Alexander Repenning write about the apocalypse that is ahead of us due to the man-made climate crisis. It's not about scaremongering, it's about the truth. They explain in detail what exactly is meant by the climate crisis, why politics and business urgently need to act, what the end of the crisis could look like and what each individual can do.

What the book changed for me:

I was deeply touched and impressed by the end of the climate crisis. The book is so well researched and cleverly written that it made me take to the streets for our environment. The facts and food for thought have fundamentally changed something in me and ultimately also led me to change my travel behavior and to break new ground in my job as a travel blogger. For me this is one of the best books I read in 2019.


# 7 The 4-hour week

The 4-hour week is not seriously about working only four hours a week and scooping up the big bucks with it. Rather, it is about new ways of thinking in the world of work and a healthy work-life balance. Timothy Ferriss provides detailed tips and concrete instructions on how to achieve your own goals in life and how to make time for the things that you really want to do now and not just in retirement age.

What the book changed for me:

In 2014, the 4-hour week was one of those big hype books that everyone felt was reading. At that time I was at the beginning of my self-employment, attended the conference of the digital nomads and started with globusliebe. Even if I haven't managed to work just four hours a week until today, I have internalized the core messages of the book very much.


# 8 Conversations with God

From first page to last, this book is a conversation with God who answers all the questions we humans ask ourselves. It's not about religion, it's about so, so much, for example love, life and death, emotions and feelings, wars, diseases and the environment, faith, the universe and self-determination.

What the book changed for me:

Conversations with God occupied me for a very long time in 2018. I have marked an infinite number of lines that I read over and over again and take to heart. There is so much that is wonderful for all walks of life in this book that will stay in your head for a long time.


# 9 patient without disposal

In German clinics, surgery, irradiation and ventilation are carried out in order to keep seriously ill patients alive for as long as possible with no prospect of recovery. In no way is it about people and their well-being, but purely about the financial profit of doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. In his poignant book, Matthias Thöns tells of numerous cases that sound almost too terrible to be true.

What the book changed for me:

Patient Without Disposal is a book in which I had tears in my eyes almost all of the time. Not infrequently, the stories of those affected left me with anger, sadness and a desperate feeling of powerlessness. Ever since I've read it, I've really wanted to take care of my own living will and have made this topic a fixed one for 2020.


# 10 The food counterfeiters

Die Essenfälscher is a rousing book that is all about how the food industry is messing with us. Thilo Bode, founder of the consumer organization Foodwatch, uncovered scandals that are unfortunately not uncommon, but everyday madness: Chocolate pudding with less than 1% chocolate, fitness products that make you fat instead of fit, strawberry yoghurt without strawberries, Black Forest ham, which comes from Poland, Infant food that contains more sugar than cola and organic meat, which in fact comes from factory farming. The worst thing about it: Conscious consumer deception is allowed, at least nothing is done about it, because after all, as always, everything revolves around the profit of the industry.

What the book changed for me:

I was really shocked in 2018 when I realized how blatantly we as consumers are being lied to by the food industry and how little our government intervenes to protect us. After reading this book, I actually switched my food consumption, since then I have been taking a much closer look at the backs of packaging and avoiding criminal food companies like Unilever or Nestlé.


# 11 Siddharta

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