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5 Authors That Radically Changed My Life In 2021

I eat, think, and live differently because of them.

I don’t know how they do it. There are authors out there that seem superhuman. The information they possess, the experiences they’ve had, are invaluable.

There are five authors in particular that I came across this year. The works they’ve published have since changed my life. I mean that quite literally. My life has actually changed as a result of their writing. Following are five authors and their books that have been key to me this year.

I hope they can be for you as well.

 

1. Jeffrey M. Schwartz

Brain Lock by Jeffrey Schwartz is a book about OCD. About understanding its symptoms and how to work through them. I didn’t expect to gain much from it. However, near immediately I was proven wrong.

The book opened with example after example of real people dealing with OCD. From their, at times, paranoid, obsessive behaviors, to the compulsions and rituals they performed to rid themselves of such intrusive thoughts. It resonated with me. A lot. Suddenly, much of my life made sense.

In his book, Schwartz details four steps you can take to dampen the noise that is OCD. I’ve since applied his technique and have benefited tremendously because of it.

Thank you, Jeffrey M. Schwartz.

 

2. Rhonda Byrne

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is an introduction to the Law of Attraction; a method for attracting whatever you want in life. Be it money, a partner, health, and more. It is on the far side of woo-woo mysticism. It is the kind of nonsense I actively rolled my eyes at a year ago.

But it works.

As insane as it sounds. As silly as it may seem. It works.

I was recently featured in Forbes. A mere two weeks earlier, I began actively visualizing it. I saw myself receiving the congratulatory email. Soon after I met someone who said they could help. And soon after that, there I was. In Forbes. Byrne’s book has made me question reality and what’s possible. All for the better.

Thank you, Rhonda Byrne.

PS: Honorable mention goes to Joseph Murphy for his book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. Another great book on this topic. I read it at the end of 2020 which is why it didn’t make the cut for 2021.

 

3. Dr. Jason Fung

Both The Obesity Code and The Complete Guide to Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung discuss fasting. Particularly, why fasting is beneficial, how to do it, and what you should eat when you aren’t.

From the first time I heard about fasting, it intrigued me. But when I initially attempted it years ago, I felt uncertain. I was filled with doubts about whether I was being safe or if I was doing it “right”. I eventually stopped doing it out of frustration.

Fung’s work changed my approach to fasting for the better.

It altered what I thought was possible and, more importantly, what I thought was healthy. Since completing his books, I’ve changed my diet, have begun fasting regularly, and have done extended-duration fasts as well. Specifically fasts for 48 hours and longer.

Thank you, Dr. Jason Fung.

 

4. Brian L. Weiss

Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss flipped everything I believed about death on its head. Before I tell you about his book, first let me share his qualifications:

“A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, Brian L. Weiss M.D. is Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.”

He is a psychotherapist who knows his stuff. However, he doesn’t know everything. Or, at least, he didn’t. Many Lives, Many Masters details his first-hand experience dealing with a patient. Someone that went to Weiss to be treated for her numerous phobias. Nothing she had previously done to resolve them was effective.

Weiss soon began working with her.

However, what should have been a standard therapeutic experience became something immensely grander: a witnessing of the afterlife, of past lives, and much of the in-between. All written from the personal account of an established physician.

I am still coming to terms with what this book means for myself… and with what comes next.

Thank you, Brian L. Weiss.

Note: I 100% did not believe in reincarnation before reading this book. Now? I’m not so sure. It’s a lot of fun to think about.

 

5. James Redfield

The Celestine Prophecy is a parable by James Redfield. In it, he talks about energy: how to gain it, how to prevent it from being stolen, and how to use it to get what you want in life. Redfield explains that energy is all around us. In his book, he provides steps to harness it to your benefit.

I’ve since applied his lessons and have been witness to the results. Results that are too coincidental to be ruled out as simply chance.

Over the summer, my intuition told me to choose one event over another. Once I was there, I met someone who I ended up speaking with for hours. Another time, I was with my daughter. The date we were supposed to go on needed to change at the last minute. I applied the lessons from the book and had a sudden idea to go somewhere else.

Once there, we met a parent and his kid. By chance, he and I had the same name, same interests, and our daughters were only two weeks apart in age.

Still another time, I had a thought come to me. I should check on the concert that I’m soon going to. Turns out the event had been canceled. I didn’t receive an email about the cancellation until much later. I could go on, but you get it. Like The Secret, what may seem like mystical nonsense actually works. It’s a trip.

Thank you, James Redfield.

 

Final thoughts

Some books find you at just the right time. The ones mentioned above were that for me. Each has radically changed my life in some way, shape, or form. For that, I am grateful to the authors. If any of the book descriptions resonate with you, I encourage you to pick up a copy.

Hopefully they will change your life in the same way they’ve changed mine. For your reference once again, the authors that have changed my life this year are:

  1. Jeffrey M. Schwartz
  2. Rhonda Byrne
  3. Dr. Jason Fung
  4. Brian L. Weiss
  5. James Redfield