Take Up and Read: Man’s Search for Meaning



This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to Christian classics in theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

This week’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, by psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, is not a Christian classic but rather a contemporary one on finding meaning in severe suffering. Written just after World War II ended, Frankl’s bestselling book has been translated into 24 languages and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The Library of Congress and Book of the Month Club recognized Man’s Search for Meaning as one of “the ten most influential books in America.”1

Why Is This Author Notable?

Viktor Emil Frankl (1905–1997) was an Austrian-Jewish neurologist…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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