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Book Review: Man's Search for Meaning


Man's Search for MeaningMan's Search for Meaning

by Viktor Emil Frankl




“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitude in any given circumstance.” -  Victor Frankl

I first encountered Frankl's book as a reading assignment for a seminar led by Stephen Covey. I will never forget the first time I read it for it was one of the most inspirational books that I have ever read. And that led to subsequent readings which cemented its place in my own personal reading pantheon. I was impressed with the ability of Frankl to describe his experience in the concentration camps as one in which he was free. That is his mind was free because the guards could not control his thoughts and in that sense he saw himself with more freedom than they had. His personal experience through all the difficulties of immurement and physical deprivation make his story all the more powerful. His development of logotherapy suggests an approach to life that is both positive and life-enhancing. I would recommend this book to all who are looking for direction in life.



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