Required Reading, Listening & Viewing

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor 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.

As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen


As you think, so you are.
As you are, so you act. 

James Allen (1864-1912) was born into a working-class British family. At age fifteen, his father was tragically killed, and James dropped out of school to work and support his family. Reading voraciously and developing his writing skills during his few spare hours, he worked his way up to the level of executive secretary. Through it all, James focused his thoughts on truth, beauty, virtue, and success, and these qualities came to define his life. At age 38, James retired from business to become a full-time writer and contemplative philosopher, pouring out his thoughts in a steady stream of books, the most renowned being As a Man Thinketh.