Many of us got to know Buddhism through books first. This is common for people who were not born into Buddhist families. I'd like to know which book may have been the one that inspired you to practice Buddhism, to get out there and find others to practice with.
For myself, I had been aware of Buddhism from my family (my late uncle was the first Buddhist in my family, and my mom had lived in Okinawa...), and I had read some Buddhist materials in classes and at the library, but I didn't really get a fire in me for practice until I'd read Lama Surya Das' book on the eightfold path, Awakening the Buddha Within, in maybe 1997 or so. Reading that book made me want to go out and learn some more, and to practice. I'll always be thankful for it.
(parenthetically I think it's strange that Surya Das comes up so infrequently in discussion here at DW, given how popular his books have been over the years.)
How about you?
Thanks to the help of generous sponsors (most of them from DharmaWheel), I'm doing a Vajra Armor (Dorje Kotrab) self-retreat this summer. May the merit be yours!