P is for (Books About) Purpose #atozchallenge

For A to Z 2018, my theme is Books About ____. If you’re stopping by from your own A to Z blog, feel free to leave a link. If you need help with how to do that, you can look here.

If you’re someone looking to read a lot of great blogs, here’s the link for the A to Z challenge.

There are so many good books about purpose that I found it extremely difficult to narrow it down. Because I limited myself to three books for this one, they’re all non-fiction. This will probably be my only exclusively non-fiction list for the whole challenge.

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl: Dr. Frankl was a Jewish psychotherapist who ended up in a concentration camp during World War II. He talks about what he saw firsthand about the difference between people survived and who didn’t. People who had a purpose survived more often than not. His purpose was finishing this book.

Lucky Man, by Michael J. Fox: Mr. Fox explains that he was in a downward spiral of alcohol abuse when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and the disease made him focus and get serious about living his life. I loved him as an actor, and I appreciated his candor about the good, bad, and ugly in his own life.

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi: This book tore my heart out. It’s a moving book of a doctor who’s diagnosed with terminal cancer but continues his work because he needs that purpose in his life. In the meantime, he also wrote this book to reflect on his life and what it all meant to him. It was lovely and sad.

What books about purpose do you find meaningful?