Man’s Search For Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, 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. Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World: 4 Keys to Fulfillment and Balance
By Anna Gatmon
Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World shows us how spiritual fulfillment and material gratification can enhance each other, and offers tools to integrating them and experiencing the peace, purpose, and prosperity we all seek. Based on her doctoral research, Anna Gatmon developed the Four Keys to Spiritual-Material balance, a unique approach to manifesting a life in which the sacred and the mundane are creatively balanced. Gatmon’s message is universal and as relevant to the materially minded as it is to the spiritually oriented, regardless of faith and denomination. It’s a practical formula which reveal how to live a spiritually fulfilling life without having to give up material needs and pleasures.
“Evolving is life’s greatest accomplishment and its greatest reward.”
“People don’t necessarily want to give up material comforts in order to pursue the promise of spiritual fulfillment. At the same time, we all have an intrinsic need to lead meaningful, purposeful lives that contribute to a better world. Happiness lies in finding the spiritual value in our material desires and bringing our inner longings to physical realization.”