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Making Sense

The Meaning of a Life

Joseph Fabry 

"Only now when the weaving is almost finished, and I turn the carpet of my life around, can I see its harmonious pattern. It's no longer a jumble of confusion with lots of loose ends. I can see the design."
—from the Introduction

This striking memoir, written at the end of his life, tells the story of Fabry's happy childhood in Vienna, his 1938 escape from Nazi-occupied Austria and the rebuilding of his life in the U.S. Fabry spent twenty years as an editor with the University of California Press, was actively involved in the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) and the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley and taught at the University of California. Fabry's life story reflects a wisdom born of suffering and a search for meaning that is enriched by intellectual depth and personal resilience.

Joseph Fabry, 1909-1999, was one of hundreds of Jewish refugees from Europe who joined Unitarian and Universalist churches during and after World War II.

Praise for Making Sense:

"At the close of this most violent, possibly most calamitous, century in human history, this book comes as the heartening testament to life's meaning in the darkest corridors the world can offer. Fabry's world view, based on his own experience and the thought of Viktor Frankl, illustrates that one can take to heart lessons from existential thinking: Never consider yourself a victim or trapped, always see options, have the courage to say yes to life in even the most extreme circumstances—and lead a meaningful life.
—Huston Smith, author of World Religions

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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