“The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters” by Emily Esfahani Smith

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First, I really like the minimalist watercolor-like art on the cover of “The Power of Meaning”… Especially after having read it.

I’d tell you in person that I don’t care for self-help books, but for someone who doesn’t like them, I sure read several every year.

Luckily, this one was written by a philosopher. It reads that way.

It’s not some gimmick or easy answer text, it disassembles our idea of how we get to purpose rather than chasing just happiness. And, don’t worry if you’re not religious. This does talk some about religion but not in a “you need this in your life” way, in a “this is why it helps sometimes” way, and most of the text is focused on the other aspects that give people meaning.

It’s story driven, the people kind of story driven, so you aren’t likely to feel like this is a textbook.

I’d recommend this for anyone who feels really stumped in life, but really I think it will hit the mark most for lovers of philosophy. You can follow the author, Emily Esfahani Smith, on Twitter and I recommend doing so. This was a really insightful read, and I’m excited to see what comes after.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books.*

Erika

 

 

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