Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

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Called one of the “ten most influential books in America” by the Library of Congress, Man’s Search for Meaning is a book which must be grappled with if one wants to understand the nature of suffering and how to find meaning in the face of tragedy and brokenness. Frankl, with brutal honesty and almost transcendent observation, depicts life in the Nazi concentration camps in which he was held and in which his brother, parents and pregnant wife died. Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

Published in 1959, this book has sold more than 12 million copies around the world and has as much relevance to our society today, as we grapple with suffering, pain and the tragic acts committed by humans around the world, as it did in the decades after World War 2. At once a memoir, a meditation, a treatise, and a history, it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.

“What man actually needs,” writes Frankl, “is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task . . . the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”


Title: Man’s Search for Meaning
Author: Viktor Frankl
Format: Book
Published: 1959
Publisher: Beacon Press
Access: Available to borrow in hard copy from the NSLF Library. Contact the librarian to arrange collection.

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