Embracing Hope: On Freedom, Responsibility & the Meaning of Life (Hardcover)

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Embracing Hope: On Freedom, Responsibility & the Meaning of Life By Viktor E. Frankl, Alexander Vesely-Frankl (Foreword by) Cover Image


A highly anticipated, rediscovered collection from Viktor Frankl, published for the first time in the United States, exploring freedom, responsibility, and how we can draw meaning from the temporary nature of our lives

From the bestselling author of Man's Search for Meaning, which has sold over 18 million copies

The Library of Congress lists Man’s Search for Meaning as one of the ten most influential books in history. Scientists and artists, politicians and celebrities regularly cite Frankl as one of the most important authors every person should read. Now, there is another book for his devoted fans to add to their collections.

Published here for the first time in the United States, Embracing Hope continues Frankl’s enduring life’s work and provides even more lessons for those searching for meaning and purpose. It’s made up of four distinct pieces from Frankl on different themes - all uniting around the idea that we should remain open to life even when we have been subjected to appalling injustice, and even when we are faced with our own mortality and the brief nature of our lives. At a time of global suffering where so many are searching for hope and meaning, Frankl’s work seems more relevant and more important than ever.

Whether you're a devoted follower of Frankl's work or a newcomer seeking to enrich your understanding of life's purpose, this book promises a captivating journey that will leave you pondering its teachings long after you've turned the final page.

Just imagine what would happen, what life would look like, if there were no death. Imagine what it would be like if you could postpone anything and everything, if you could put it off for eternity. You wouldn't have to do anything today or tomorrow. Everything could just as easily be done next week, next month, next year, in a decade, in 100 or 1,000 years. Only in the face of death, only under pressure from the finiteness, the temporal limitation of human existence, is there any point in going about our business, and not only in going about our business, but in experiencing life, and not only in experiencing life but also in loving someone, and even in enduring and surviving something that is inflicted on us.

About the Author

Viktor E. Frankl was a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School until his death in 1997. He was the founder of what has come to be called the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy—the school of logotherapy. Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps; most of his family, including his wife and parents, perished in the camps. In his lifetime, Frankl published many books, most notably the international bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning, which has been translated into over fifty languages.

Praise For…

“Decades-old writing that remains timely . . . Comforting and necessary.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The message is moving and his lyrical prose will stick in readers’ minds. It’s an inspiring introduction to Frankl’s thinking.”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807020432
ISBN-10: 0807020435
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English