All these *books were game-changers for me; I never looked at the world the same after reading them. I hope they transform your life like they did mine!

  1. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  3. 1984 by George Orwell
  4. The 5000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen
  5. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  6. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson
  7. Alcoholics Anonymous
  8. A Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  9. Allegory of the Cave by Plato
  10. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  11. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  12. A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
  13. A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
  14. Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare by Isaac Asimov
  15. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  16. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  17. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  19. Writings of Christopher Columbus
  20. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  21. The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
  22. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & The Humanist Manifesto
  23. The Courage to Give by Jackie Waldman
  24. The Declaration of Independence & The Constitution of the United States
  25. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  26. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
  28. Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
  29. The Elements by Euclid
  30. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison
  31. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  32. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  33. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  34. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  35. His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley
  36. How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
  37. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Napoleon Hill
  38. Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
  39. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  40. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  41. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  42. Intro to Nietzsche by Laurence Gane
  43. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  44. John Adams by David McCullough
  45. Journal of Leo Tolstoy
  46. Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
  47. Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagizo
  48. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  49. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (The Long Winter is my favorite)
  50. Little Britches series by Ralph Moody (Mary Emma and Company is my favorite)
  51. The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch
  52. Macbeth by Shakespeare
  53. Magna Carta
  54. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  55. The Mayflower Compact, Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
  56. The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
  57. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  58. Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner
  59. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  60. The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis (The Last Battle is my favorite)
  61. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  62. Never Be Sick Again by Raymond Francis
  63. Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  64. Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki
  65. Observations Upon Liberal Education by George Turnbull
  66. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  67. “On the State of Slavery in Virginia” by St. GeorgeTucker
  68. Out of My Life and Thought by Albert Schwietzer
  69. The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  70. The Path of Prosperity by James Allen
  71. People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck
  72. Please Understand Me by David Keirsey
  73. The Price of Freedom by Calvin Coolidge
  74. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  75. The Princess series by George MacDonald (The Princess and the Goblin is my favorite)
  76. The Power of Full Engagement by Schwartz and Loehr
  77. The Real George Washington by Jay A. Parry
  78. Reforming Education by Mortimer Adler
  79. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
  80. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy
  81. The Second Treatise on Government by John Locke
  82. The Secret of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  83. The Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers by Patrick Cavanaugh
  84. Starving Time in Virginia by George Percy
  85. String, Straightedge and Shadow by Julia E. Diggins
  86. The Sugar Blues by William Duffy
  87. “Tale of Ill-Advised Curiosity” from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  88. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  89. Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow
  90. Understanding the Times by David A. Noebel
  91. The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
  92. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard J. Maybury
  93. What is Seen, What is Not Seen & The Law by Frederic Bastiat
  94. What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland
  95. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  96. The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
  97. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  98. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  99. Your Money or Your Life by Dominguez and Robin

*Note: I recognize that many of these books are not the greatest books ever written on their particular subjects but they are the books which introduced me to the idea of principles within that realm – for example The Sugar Blues opened my eyes to the impact of diet on physical and mental well-being and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain showed me that principles govern art as well. This turned me on other books which tutored me further in the principles and truths in that area of life – eventually leading to a whole picture of how every part of the human world is governed by principles. So, for me, they were game-changers and teachers in the power of principles to guide your life!