Elizabeth's Guest Post
Hi Carrie! Wonder why you picked the prompt, strength? Does it have something to do with that hot guy on your side bar? Hmm, let’s all take a moment and just stare at Wallace. Sigh. So pretty.
Oh, get to the post you say…all right, all right. Let me shake off the day dreams and get to STRENGTH. As soon as I read your prompt, this man popped into my mind:
He is the father of logotherapy, or meaning therapy. It breaks away from the “if-then” model of modern psychology.
Mr. Frankl was a Nazis concentration camp survivor. The rest of his family, with the exception of his sister, was killed. He lost his wife, his mother, and his brother to the Holocaust. During his incarceration, he wrote much of the outline for “Man’s Search for Meaning” by hiding bits of paper in the seams of his clothes.
When freed, he faced all he lost with purpose. He had his scraps of notes and a theory. Man is more than a sum of his experiences. We are on this Earth for a reason, created by a higher power to do something. In Frankl’s theory, we’re not dropped here by chance meant to scrape together an existence and then die to nothingness. Each and every one of us has a function and to find mental balance and contentment in life, we have to find a purpose. And everyone, from the street sweep to the president, has one (or many!).
In the book, Frankl points out that man can be stripped of all things, in his case literally everything, and still maintain an optimistic outlook if we accept a simple truth. Only we control how life affects us. We are ultimately responsible for our every decision and action.
There is so much powerful insight in this one book, I could go on forever…but instead, you should just read it for yourself. It’s #2 on my list of reads I’d want if stranded on a deserted island. This book is amazing. This man is amazing. It’s hard to believe he was made of flesh and blood.
A few quotes from Frankl:
- “What is to give light must endure burning.”
- “Life can be pulled by goals as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”
- “When we are no longer able to change a situation- we are challenged to change ourselves.”
About Healing Summer
Maybe Love, Not Time, Heals All Wounds
Ditched at the altar…biopsied for cancer…Mollie Hinkle is having a bona fide bitch of a summer. When life sucks so hard it takes your breath away, what's a girl to do? Pack a bag, grab a few friends, and leave the past and the worry in the rear view mirror. What wounds can’t be healed by a drive across the Heartland, where quarter flips at cross roads determine the route and the future? All roads lead to Craig, the second son and bad boy of the haughty Coulter line. Has fate brought her to the miniscule Montana town to find happily ever after or will it just break her heart?
“Healing Summer” is the second book in the Coulter Men Series.
About the AuthorElizabeth is a former social worker, constant day dreamer, and mother of four fabulous boys. She has two books completed in the Coulter Men series, PAST DUE & HEALING SUMMER. The third, FATE INTENDED, is a work in progress.
She also have a house in desperate need of cleaning. No set date on completion.
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P.S. Elizabeth will be posting a link to every stop on her blog tour page, so be sure to check it out and vote for your favorite by commenting on the page. The blogger who thought up the prompt for the winning post will win a $25 gift card. :)
P.P.S. If you have any questions about promotion and/or new adult fiction, stop by EJ's #NALitChat blog this week. I'm hosting #NALitChat Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. EST, and we'll address as many of your questions as humanly possible. :D
Have a great week, guys! ♥