Hello everyone! It has been a while since I posted a book review. I had a goal at the beginning of the year to read one book a month! Well that worked out until May when we went on a month long trip to Europe…. but I just finished this book that I started back in April! (woot woot!) This book was recommended to me multiple times so I decided to purchase a copy and read it! It is said to be one of the most influential books ever, and boy was I hooked super quick!
Man’s Search for Meaning is a book about a man, Viktor E. Frankl, and his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps (Auschwitz being one of them). At first I didn’t know if I would be able to make it through the book. It is so sad what these people had to go through! This isn’t just about what happened in the camp, though. The basis for this whole book is a psychoanalysis on why some prisoners survived while others didn’t, what the meaning of life is, and how we overcome immense struggles in life. This whole book was filled with golden nuggets of wisdom!
“People have enough to live by but nothing to live for; they have the means but no meaning.”
Dr. Frankl talks quite a bit about Logotherapy, which is the idea that humans are motivated by searching for life’s meaning and purpose. He goes into extensive detail about this later on in the book, and although it was very interesting to me, it might be a bit of dry reading for some.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is very inspirational, and I have gleaned some knowledge from it that will help me out my entire life! I especially love the idea he presents multiple times that it is not the suffering that defines a person’s life, but how they REACT to their suffering.
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” -Nietzsche
We all go through struggles in life so it is crucial to our happiness and progression that we learn how to react well to our trials.
Have you read this book? I would love to know what you thought in the comments below! Also, let me know if you have a great book you have just read, I’m always looking for new ones!
Check out my last book review here (Leadership and Self-deception), and thanks for stopping by!