In response to a Facebook quorum, I sat for a bit to consider the fiction books that had a profound impact on me, and by profound, I mean that I was a different person when I turned the last page and closed the book.
I think I know what the list is:
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
- Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche, by C. S. Lewis
- Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne
- Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
I read Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber in 1973/74 and the story of a young abused girl with multiple personality disorder was so moving, I can say the reason I am a pastoral counselor is almost 95% of reading Sybil.
In 2011, journalist Debbie Nathan published an expose revealing the book and its story was primarily a work of fiction. I did not take that well.
In hindsight, I'm delighted that I have helped many people across the wide spectrum of humanity. I just wish my motivation had not been engendered by a massive lie.