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Book Overview: "Man's Search for Meaning" By: Viktor Frankl

Choose Your Way, The Power Lies Within You. 

Viktor Frankl was a Jewish doctor from Austria who spent 3 years in Nazi concentration camps during the 1940’s.  He endured many beatings and degradations.  His survival depended on the simple philosophy of “if you have a WHY, then you can endure any HOW”.  He wrote many books upon his release from the camps; most notable is Man’s Search for Meaning.  He stated that a meaningful life comes from creating a work or doing a deed, experiencing someone and having an attitude that you control your existence within your mind regardless of situation.  Frankl constructed the manuscript for his book on stolen pieces of paper, counseled other prisoners and envisioned the love of his wife and family during his days at the concentration camps.  He later stated that a man can have great bliss in the midst of his bleakest moments.

“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.” 
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning