Last Updated on: June 21st, 2016
A few months ago, Kristine Millar, author of Meaning, Self and the Human Potential guest posted on my blog. She and I met through LinkedIn, and became friends. We’ve Skyped, emailed, and chatted many times. She even sent me a copy of her book! (If you didn’t read her post, The Silent Struggles of the Writer – Can You Survive or Thrive? you can read it now!)
Rather than telling you my version of what her book is about, I’m going to use the description of it that she uses on her website:
My book is a philosophical exploration of the ways in which we create meaning through our value systems, ideologies and perspectives. It includes an analysis of the psychological and cultural factors which contribute to the formation of values and meaning, and the anxieties we face when we lose meaning in life.
These anxieties reveal a great deal about our human motivations and our potentials both on a conscious and unconscious level. Further, they provide a window through which we can discover our true potential. The concept of self actualisation is explored as well as our capacity to lead a moral and meaningful existence without a reliance on a transcendental source. Central to my message is to overcome the fear of death and to believe in the human capacity for good.
Although the following review is posted on Goodreads, I wanted to include it here, to help more people become aware of her book.
Here is my review of Meaning, Self and the Human Potential:
In an era where much of the focus is on technology, we sometimes lose or question the true values of humanity and are faced with questions that seem unanswerable. The good news is that there ARE answers to our many questions and if we are willing to be open-minded enough, and allow ourselves to think critically about our morality and mortality, we can instill great meaning into our lives. Author Kristine Millar helps us to do just that in her book, “Meaning, Self and the Human Potential”. By helping us understand the origins of our values and how they relate to our beliefs – whether religious OR spiritual – we gain further insight into our true selves, our place in society, and our self-actualization (our highest potential).This book is well-researched (the author provides supporting facts and theories from well-known persons in the fields of philosophy and psychology). I really like that this book was written Post-9/11, too; the author’s views and opinions are not only modern, but relevant for those living in today’s society. It should be a ‘must-read’ for every human being that now walks the face of this earth. I have to say that “Meaning, Self and the Human Potential” will be useful book from which future generations can learn.
If you want to buy this book, you can buy it from her website or your can buy it via Amazon.
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Please help Kristine get more exposure for her book by sharing this post on your favourite social media networks….she will be happy with you if you do!
If you have something you want to ask or say to Kristine, you can do this in the comment section. She has assured me that she’ll be available to respond to you. 🙂
10 thoughts on “My #BookReview of “Meaning, Self and the Human Potential””
Sounds like my kind of read. A lot of my graduate studies in composition theory focused on how making meaning is a subjective experience that is filtered through a person’s background, etc.
Jeri, given your background and education, I think you’d really enjoy this book. You might consider doing a post on it in the future, too, with a link to this article/review, too. *wink wink*
Seriously, though, you should read it. Parts of it discuss humanity issues in the wake of 9/11, and the fact that Al-Quieda and terrorist groups are mentioned shows how current the author’s subject matter is. Although I did not put this in my review, it is worth mentioning.
That’s so cool that you and Kristine have struck up a friendship and now you’re supporting her by writing a review about her book. And an amazing accomplishment I might add, plus it sound intriguing. Wish I had more time to read for pleasure these days.
Thanks for your opinion of it, I love reading these types of reviews.
With all of the blogs you comment on and all of the blog posts you read, I doubt there’s much room left for you to read a bunch of books! 😉
However, I’m glad you enjoyed this review.
Kristine is an excellent writer. If you ask me, she should be publishing in journals, be a university professor, and write more. She is VERY intelligent and is a critical thinker and writer. I really admire her.
You are wonderful to help this author get the word out about her book. It does seem interesting. 🙂
It is very interesting, and educational, too! I learned a few things while reading it! 😀
You have me hooked, I will be sharing and buying 🙂
That’s great! Kristine has such talent for writing, researching, and supporting her stance. She offers personal and professional opinions, and teaches you while doing it.
She’ll be thrilled to hear the good news, Becc! 😀
I wish my finances would magically improve so that buying this book could happen now. Unfortunately, reality says otherwise so I’ve put it on my wish list at Amazon.
Lorraine, be assured that it was your review that sparked the interest for me.
I think Kristine will be happy to hear that! 🙂