by Viktor Frankl🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Recommend to those who wish to strive for something more
Let’s talk about the meaning of life! Ha! Easier said than done, right? Yet Frankl does it well and in a way that is applicable.
I don’t even know where to start with this book. It is part memoir, part synopsis of his theory of psychotherapy called “logotherapy.” I’ve read many books on people’s time in Nazi camps, but this memoir sets itself apart. Frankl looks at his experiences through a doctor’s eye, a scientific eye. He believes that not only can we find meaning in life, we can find meaning even in the worst of suffering.
The book isn’t very long. The forewords and afterwords probably double the book’s size. (But don’t skip! There’s good stuff there, too!!) I almost want to go back and read it again because there’s just so much practical stuff there about living that I don’t think my brain processed it all. It was almost like reading someone who had looked into a crystal ball at the excesses of our time and said: “That’s not the way. This is the way.”
I found it a great comfort that his logotherapy could be summed up by saying man’s true drive in life is not pleasure but meaning. If you can find the meaning of your life– or even A meaning, A purpose– you can face even the harshest of misery… as Frankl did in the death camps.
© 2021 Katie Baker