The Divine Code of Life
If I am going to talk about the most influential books that I have ever read, The Divine Code of Life by Dr. Kazuo Murakami has to be on the list. Murakami, a Nobel Prize winning scientist talks about how human beings are hardwired to be the best that they can be. He also tells how positive things like humor, wonder, and curiosity keep the the switches in our DNA in the ON position while negative factors like frustration, fear, and anxiety can turn the switches off.
If we are hard wired to be the best, it doesn't take much thinking to recognize that maybe that is the purpose of our existence on this planet. It matches up perfectly with what Jesus relates in the Parable of the Talents.