Books That Inspire 2006


 
Man's Search for Meaning
Victor Frankl


Existence is struggle and suffering. We want meaning in our lives, to help us keep going, to help us make sense of things that we fear, that we can’t seem to control, nor endure. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning speaks directly to the purpose of life. His advice arises from his three years at Auschwitz. I look back at a difficult childhood, factory work, Vietnam, a career in often violent unions, and a struggle to free myself from all this. Frankl’s experience gives me courage. Life expects something of me. Frankl encourages my resoluteness, even unto death.
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David Carnevale
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Human Relations/Political Science