Scott Stoll logo world traveler. A bicycle wheel and the globe symbolizes Scott's journey around the world on a bicycle.

Books that changed my life

These are the books that literally changed my life. I give them my highest recommendation. (I’ve just started this list, so there will be more to come soon.)

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

In part, this book fueled my quest around the world on a bicycle. When I read this book, I thought the world was meaningless, a clockwork universe that just ticked the moments until my death. This book gave me hope there was meaning to the world, so I set out to find it. Campbell compares different religions and mythologies showing how they are more similar than different, and that we are all heroes on our own adventures through life. I adapted his hero’s journey in my article What is an Adventure?

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