A book/film that has changed the way you think (7 Days 7 Posts)

This is day FOUR of daysixtyfive‘s 7 Days 7 Posts blogging challenge.

I pondered this prompt for days and couldn’t recall ay book or film that has changed the way I think. I suppose, if I had to choose, would be the books of the Bible, as they shaped my mind from ages 15-35.

I’d memorize whole chapters of the Bible, for the purpose of infiltrating and replacing my thoughts to conform with what I told were the important bits of the Bible, Romans 12 being one of them.

It would be impossible for me to understand or explain how the Bible changed my way of thinking, though it is something I wonder to this day. When I lost my faith and stopped believing in a god, much less the Bible as the Word of God, I know my brain started thinking differently about things, though at this moment I can’t recall how, as it feels like I’m so far removed from it.

So, with that exception, there have been no books or films that have changed the way I think. I wonder what this says about me. My mind can change on a dime, but the way I think never does. Maybe it’s the same thing.

It’s just that I’ve never had one specific moment that I can remember where I thought, Wow, I think differently about things now.

I can, however, recall multitudes of instances where I watched a film or read a book that moved me emotionally and left me considering the human condition for days.

The following films are such examples, though there are so many more:

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Green Mile
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Schindler’s List
  • Memento
  • The Shining
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Village
  • The Sound of Music
  • Fight Club
  • Psycho
  • The Matrix series
  • Good Will Hunting

And these novels, off the top of my head:

  • 1984
  • Anna Karenina
  • The Great Gatsby
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Jane Eyre
  • Crime and Punishment
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Dracula
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Kite Runner
  • Gone Girl

Have you read any of these novels or seen any of these films? And, if so, did they change the way you think? Or are there other books/films that have changed the way you think?

Thanks for reading, friends.



13 thoughts on “A book/film that has changed the way you think (7 Days 7 Posts)

  1. I have a shelf on my Goodreads account for exactly this sort of book. The book that takes me a while to read because I have to keep stopping to think about what I’ve just read. The kind that makes me see a subject in a whole new way. Many of these books are not easy reads, some of them are pretty massive projects to undertake. I call this shelf “Level up” because that’s how these books made me feel. There’s only nine of these books on my shelf right now. (There’s a book I’m reading now that might become the tenth, but I haven’t finished it yet.)

    I won’t post a link, because the account is in my real name. But here’s what’s on it, in no particular order, and these are all non-fiction books.

    Thinking Fast and Slow
    The Selfish Gene
    You Are Not So Smart
    Godel Escher Bach
    The Better Angels of our Nature
    Mistakes Were Made (But not by Me)
    Chasing the Scream
    Being Mortal

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    1. ‘Level up’ I love it! Yeah, some of the best books take a while to get through. I used to have a Goodreads account but no longer have it because I got rid of the one email account. However, you inspired me to get a new account! I’m going to check out the books you mentioned. That is, after I get through the 7 or 8 books I’m supposed to read before I can buy new books at the library book sale. Lol.


      1. Since I comment, you have my real email that has my real name. So please friend me there if you restart your account. I don’t do the BookofFaces, so WordPress and Goodreads are as close to social media as I get.


  2. Among the films, I have watched: The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, Memento, The Shining, The Sound of Music, The Matrix series & Good Will Hunting and the novels :- 1984, Anna Karenina (which I think could have been shorter), To Kill a Mocking Bird, Crime and Punishment.

    The Fountainhead is at the bridge between my believing days and unbelief.
    Recently I read The Courage to be disliked which I did find to be quite profound.


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Hi! I go by "Quixie" My nickname comes from the term I began using to describe myself when I began blogging 5 years ago: "quixotic," meaning "exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical." It's how I described my evangelical Christian faith at the time. Now I'm an agnostic atheist who is trying to find a balance between idealism and reality.