On Internet Trolls and the Kindness of Readers

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On Internet Trolls and the Kindness of Readers
With her faith in humanity hanging in the balance this writer reaches out to the kindest of people.

What was even more amazing was the list of books that they came up with.  Books that shared kindness, self-awareness, love of man, humanity, religion, spirituality, poetry, and charity.  None of the books taught hatred, bullying, humiliating others, criticism or condescension.   The books that changed their lives were thoughtful and insightful and led these people to behave in kind; to choose kindness over cruelty and compassion over hate.  Reading has always been my salvation through sadness, fear, anxiety, and boredom.  I read to learn and to grow but also for the sheer joy and entertainment of it.   Reading has opened my mind, helped me find empathy and compassion when I might not otherwise have thought to look for it, and has made me a kinder, more tolerant person.  In a moment that shook my faith in others, the kindness of readers reassured me that all is well and that beauty abounds in books and in real life.

Thank you dear people who unknowingly reached out that night to brighten my spirit and to share your very intimate recommendations with my son.  I am forever grateful.  Here is the list of the books that changed your lives and in so doing changed mine. 

 

The Red Lion by Maria Szepes            The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

This I know by Susannah Conway                          Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Bridge to the Soul by Rumi                               The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson  The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield         

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer          Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom     

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman   11/22/63 by Stephen King 

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez and Monique Tilford

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell          There are no Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett                The Chosen by Chaim Potok

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Body and Soul by Frank Conroy        Many Lives Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss

The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin                      The Thinking Life by P.M. Fomi

Outwitting the Devil by Napolean Hill

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

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Dr. Lisa Kaplin

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Dr. Lisa J. Kaplin is a life coach and psychologist you can reach her at:

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