Books that change your heart…

This is officially the first book blog post. I’m going to dig back and share two books that have certainly changed my thoughts on the world, politics, people, hearts, minds and all that jazz. I present to you…

Viktor Frankl – A Mans Search For Meaning

 In short, Viktor Frankl was a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps, he had a special view on life at the camps and survival from the perspective of a psychologist. The reader gets to see the most horrific aspects of concentration camp life, and yet Frankl shows us that we still have the freedom to choose how we see our circumstances and that we can create meaning out of them. His book is more than a self-help, it has been described as a “life-purpose” book.  Near the end of the book you also get to see his theory of “Logotherapy.” It is certainly a view-changer of a read, and one I am always quick to recommend to those who are willing to step outside the box and try to view people and life differently.

“We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that 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. — P.65-66”

Garth Stein – The Art of Racing in the Rain

Its not what it sounds like, although the title is much deeper than it implies. This heartbreaking and memorable story is written from a dogs perspective. There are many references to racing (the dogs owner is a race car driver,) but in short it tells the story of Enzo (the dog) who believes that he will one day be a human. He spends his life learning from his owner, seeing the good and bad in people and situations, ultimately finding his life meaning.  The book is full of kindness, inspiration, love, pain, heartbreak, and of course, love. I’ll admit it was a tear-jerker. I didn’t count the number of times my heart skipped a beat, I shed a tear, or just felt that heart-string tug a little tighter. If you haven’t read a book in a very long time, or find that you tend to start and don’t finish a book this is a fantastic read to give the whole “reading thing” another try. But don’t blame me if you feel a little more after you finish the book.

“There is no dishonor in losing the race … there is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose. -P. 277”

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