Continuing this idea that good books provide perspective that can be used to challenge existing beliefs and grow as a person, one might inquire as to what constitutes a good book.
Last month I offered some insight related to this when I wrote that the first step to becoming cultured is to start reading great books, and I provided a list of some of the most wonderful books.
And last September I gave a list of some of the most important books about building character.
Today, I offer a couple more suggestions:
- These philosophical greats are a start, certainly;
- Leo Tolstoy’s book The Death of Ivan Ilyich;
- And, most importantly, Pythagoras’s Golden Verses
The Golden Verses are a chief inspiration for Benjamin Franklin’s moral development.
They are significant for me as well. I encourage you to try to work them out for yourself.