When I picked up The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness, I was expecting sort of a feel-good, encouraging book. The cover makes me think this is a sort of self-help book, but it’s not. In fact, The Power of Meaning is more of a memoir by the author, who has come to develop an understanding of what it means to truly live.
If you enjoy memoirs and thesis-level reading, you may find this book to be informative, but it’s not the type of book you’d keep on your coffee table or cuddle up with for light before-bed reading. The Power of Meaning is interesting; however, it’s definitely a heavy read.
The basic premise of this book is that it’s meaning, not happiness, that drives people to live or die. The book covers a lot of information on suicide, including specific cases and stories, and discusses how many people turn to suicide not because they’re unhappy, but because they find they lack purpose and meaning.
If you’ve been looking for inspiration to help you find your own meaning, this isn’t the book for you. If, however, you’re trying to conduct research on the value of true purpose or you’re trying to find new perspective on what gives you meaning, you may find The Power of Meaning to be a worthwhile read.