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Viktor Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning is my first selection from Susan's Bookself. This book has inspired millions of people around the world ... just as it has inspired me. In fact, it became a part of all that I live and all that I teach. Originally I didn't want to read this book, since it was about Viktor Frankl's experience in a concentration camp, a subject that was very painful for me to look at. But as I read, my heart began to lighten. And by the end of the book, I realized that my life was forever changed for the better.


Man's Search for Meaning, teaches us so much about handling all that is difficult in life…even something as difficult as his horrific experience in the concentration camp. As a small sample, you will read profound paragraphs such as the following:

'We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way. The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity--even in the most difficult circumstances--to add a deeper meaning to his life.'

As I finished reading Man's Search for Meaning, I knew I would never again experience fear with the same intensity I had experienced it before reading the book. I knew that if Frankl was able to create something positive out of his experience, which was the most horrible my mind could imagine, then I--and everyone else--could create value out of anything life could possibly hand us. It is a matter of remaining conscious that we have the choice.

And to give you the quotation that could make all the difference in your life as it made in mine...

'Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.'

There is no question that suffering is a part of everyone's's part of the human condition. And the wisest choice that we can all make is to use that suffering as an opportunity to discover the very best of who we are and find the gifts in it all. So even if you are ill, even if you are poor, even if you are in the middle of a divorce, or whatever life may hand you—Man's Search for Meaning demonstrates that you have the choice to live in a state of Spiritual well-being instead of a state of misery. You can ask for no better insurance policy when living in such an uncertain world.