A book that would definitely be on my top 5 list is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.
Frankl was an Austrian Jew, a psychiatrist, who was sent to the concentration camps with his family during the second world war. Frankl saw his wife and children, including his unborn child, go to the gas chambers to be murdered by the Nazis.
But Frankl survived, and started a successful psychiatric practice in New York when the war was over.
Frankl noticed in the camps that the people who dealt best with the hell like conditions were those who helped others and gave away their last piece of bread.
If there is only one lesson my children take from this book it is that you cannot choose your circumstances/conditions but you can choose how you respond to them.
This is such an invaluable lesson for life, one that can be put into practice in our lives every single day.
If this is the only thing, and it won’t be, that a reader takes from this book it will be worth the time taken to read it.
You can pick it up on Amazon here.