While I don’t have any hard evidence, I suspect that many authors have a box like the one in my office labeled Fan Mail. I truly appreciate my readers who have taken the time to let me know that they liked/learned/appreciated something I wrote.

Some fan letters are so unique that I memorize them. One of my favorites came from a reader in Houston who said, “I went to the bookstore to purchase a book on resume writing, but your book made such a commotion on the shelf that it wouldn’t let me leave without buying it.”

I’ve amused my self from time to time imagining Making a Living Without a Job dancing around in a bookstore singing, “Buy me, buy me.”

And, of course, I’ve had my own experiences being snapped to attention by a book that refused to be ignored.

One such encounter happened several years ago when I was browsing in a small bookstore in Minneapolis that specialized in spirituality and personal growth titles. I went into the store with nothing in particular in mind.

A few minutes later, I spied a book by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer called Creating Money. I picked it up and read the cover notes and scanned the chapter titles. I put it back on the shelf with the reminder that I already owned several metaphysical books on prosperity thinking.

A day or two later, I was in a larger chain bookstore still browsing for a new book to purchase. As I looked over the selection in the personal growth section, I noticed that Borders was also selling Creating Money.

I continued to resist.

A quiet weekend was coming and I still had no book to share it with. I decided to check out the offerings at my neighborhood Barnes & Noble. I don’t recall the section that I was visiting, but as I looked across the shelf in front of me, there sat Creating Money at eye level.

It was misplaced, as if someone had changed their mind and plunked it down as they were leaving the store. I recall thinking, “All right, all right, I’ll buy you.”

Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much from the book. I’d read plenty of others on the subject and was quite happy with the changes I’d made in my relationship with money.

On Saturday afternoon, I sat down and began reading Creating Money. I couldn’t stop. I read it in one long sitting interrupted only by my need to sleep. I resumed reading on Sunday morning and finished the entire book in the early afternoon.

Surprisingly, it was not just a rehash of all the other books I’d read on building a prosperity consciousness. I felt my mind expanding in some new, healthier ways.

What happened next may have been coincidental—or a powerful demonstration about paying attention when good things come our way. At any rate, on Monday morning I had a large, unexpected windfall.

Of course, I was excited. I called a friend to tell her the good news and then promptly ran out and bought a copy of Creating Money and sent it to her.

Almost immediately, another windfall arrived. I gave another copy away and the same thing happened. Opportunities were coming from places I didn’t even know existed.

Maybe this is my new occupation, I mused. Perhaps I could just sit on a street corner handing out copies of the book and keep collecting windfalls.

I stopped myself from testing that idea, but I’ve never ignored another book that catches my attention.

“Wealth is not a matter of intelligence; it’s a matter of inspiration,” said Jim Rohn.

Frequently, that necessary trigger to inspiration is residing in a book that’s trying to get our attention. How do you answer?


Here’s a terrific article for all of you bibliophiles. Will the home library survive the surge of the e-book?






10 Responses to “When a Book Calls, How Do You Answer?”

  1. Barbara Saunders

    Years ago, I had a similar experience with Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization. I’d lend out a copy, and someone would give me one as a gift. I’d lose a copy, only to find another one on the sidewalk. I think I still have three!

  2. Square-Peg Karen

    Ohmy, I am going to look for that book *immediately*! Maybe I should order in bulk, in case I’ll want to start handing them out too – grin.

    My favorite this-book-wants-me thing happened at the library awhile back.

    I went to my local library with a list (one of the books, Guy Kawasaki’s Reality Check, was recommended in Winning Ways, a ) – found a few of them, but couldn’t find the book by Ralph Keyes that I wanted.

    I felt like the book was telling me it was there (don’t send the white coat crew, I wasn’t actually hearing voices!). I kept looking, very relaxed, just knowing it was there (even though it was taking a long time to show up) – and, sure enough – I found it – shelved *behind* other books!!

  3. Della

    Okay, okay…. I’ll re-read Creating Money!

    I’ve had several encounters with “insistent books”. One of the most unusual was when the book appeared to be the only one on the shelf in color. (Funny thing is, I don’t remember the book at the moment, just the experience !) I’ve also had books “fall” right in front of me more than once.

    So, my answer is ~ Yes? What do you bring for me?

  4. Barbara Winter

    I am so loving your stories–and enjoying how widespread this experience really is.

  5. Yvonne Hyde

    I love this post. I am so glad that I am not the only person that feels books calling to them, begging to be read. It’s even more wonderful when the book actually delivers beyond the first few pages.

  6. Janet Shingleton

    Similar to your story, Barbara, there have been times I’ve ignored urges toward a book and then come across the same book later in another location, and I *know* I’m meant to have the book. Despite knowing that I may not read it immediately, I’ll go ahead and buy the book to have on hand for a later time. I think there’s a comfort factor involved, but I *have* been able to pull out books acquired in this fashion that have helped me through various issues in my life at different times, so I truly feel there’s something to it. … So now when I enter a bookstore, I’ll say a little prayer along the lines of, “if there’s a book you want me to have, lead me to it!”

  7. Julia Barnickle

    What a wonderful story, Barbara! I think it’s true that, when you learn something new that you needed to learn (even if you thought you had already learned all that you needed to), things start to change – so I’m definitely going to read “Creating Money”, just in case!!

  8. Donna Hickey

    Just read about Creating Money but am wondering which one you meant……Roman and Packer seem to have two books with the same title but with subtitles either
    Keys to abundance or
    Attracting abundance.

    Donna Warren Hickey

  9. Barbara Winter

    Donna, I read the original Roman & Packer version. Not sure what the later editions included, but it often makes sense to go for the newest edition when a book is reissued since the author may have refined their ideas or added additional info they didn’t have when they wrote the book the first time.

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