Have you ever read a book that made you feel as if it was written for you? It resonated on such a level that you immediately wanted to take action? You alter a decision you have made? Start something you never had time for before? Whatever it may be, the author’s words sparked a fire that was waiting to be lit.

My late father, Dr. Wayne Dyer, was an author. The phrase I heard the most when people met him was, your book/books changed my life. His words touched people and that showed me how important books are. They heal us in ways we didn’t know were possible.

At the end of the day, we are all searching for something. Whether it be guidance, inspiration or just a place to let our imaginations run free, books give us that something. There are so many amazing books written, but we all have ones that reign as our favorites. I’ve narrowed my favorites to three that have impacted my life.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I read this book in high school. I remember not wanting to put it down. The story is about a family that suffers so much drama and pain because of choices they think they have to make. If you don’t break a cycle of bad choices, the cycle never ends. The most important word from the book is timshel — it’s a Hebrew word that translates to- thou mayest. I understood it to mean “you can if you want to.” It reiterated to me how important our choices are and that we are in control of our destiny.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel 

All my life my parents emphasized that the attitude I chose in response to any given situation would shape who I was as a person. So they said pick a good one. This book so heartbreakingly taught me how a human being can survive the most atrocious of situations and still have hope. Victor Frankel chose to see the light in the darkest of places. I remember reading this and thinking that I have the power to truly shape my future. We can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we react. I knew in that moment that I could have a happy life or a miserable one. I chose to always see the light.

The Power of Intention by Dr Wayne Dyer

I have to confess I only read one of my dad’s books while he was alive. I traveled with him, so I let everything he said on stage sink in and I truly listened to what he was teaching. This book was the only one I read while he was still living. I have since read many, but this one still carries so much meaning for me. What is intention?  The definition: “An act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result, the end or object intended; purpose.”

That last word sums it up for me — purpose. I believe that our intentions do create our reality and therefore align us with our true purpose. Every word of this book resonated with me and I always felt that he dedicated this book to me because I needed to hear these words. I live by my intentions and believe in the power of them.

Skye Dyer is a singer/songwriter and a work-in-progress. You can follow along on SkyeDyer.com.