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Sunday Book Review – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – #Memoir, Nonfiction

Sunday Book Review – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – #Memoir, Nonfiction

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing my thoughts in review for Viktor E. Frankl’s powerful psychological examination of life- Man’s Search For Meaning. I have always been fascinated by WWII era history and holocaust survivor stories as my curiosity for the human condition never ceases to wonder how survivors of such atrocities – actually managed to survive.


Victor Frankl was a psychoanalyst who was also a prisoner at Auschwitz and 3 other camps. He first published this book in 1959 and the book has been revised twice since in this current 2006 edition. In Part 2, Frankl elaborates on his Logotherapy method of psychology, which is an amazing and positive method of healing the mind of concerning issues without dragging through past negativity, followed by a deeper look into Frankl’s life work and small biopic in the afterword. In the first part, Frankl shares his experience in the camps, but not to dwell on the horrors, but his observances while being a prisoner – of the human condition, resilience, and what motivates the will to live despite all odds. The second part is a fascinating approach to psychoanalysis that Frankl invented called Logotherapy – an approach that enables the patient to discover the meaning of their lives through passion

I’d like to add that in my recent interview with historical fiction writer – Paulette Mahurin, I asked her to share a book that moved her so much it stayed with her. She replied that it was this book:

“Frankl made it out of the camps and went back to his psychiatric profession in Vienna, and was subsequently a visiting professor at Harvard. What a teacher he must have been. He certainly changed my life for the better—to me there is no better educator.”

You can find the interview with Paulette HERE.

Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust by [Viktor E Frankl]


Please head over to read Debby’s review of this fascinating book.


Source: Sunday Book Review – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – #Memoir, Nonfiction

36 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – #Memoir, Nonfiction

  1. I’ve seen this book pop up a few times in the past months, perhaps as we enter another time when intensive meaning-making is tugging at our consciousness. Over the next year, it seems we’ll enter a changed world and will have an opportunity to shape it differently if we decide to do so. Thanks for sharing the review, Sally. Hugs.

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  3. Debby, it’s a great review of Man’s Search for Meaning. I like Viktor Frankl’s books. I read this one back in 1980. I gave my copy to my daughter. I just added a copy in my cart two weeks ago but waited for ordering a few more things from Amazon before I check out. What I like about him in this book is the idea of responsibility. Whatever happens to us, we have the responsibility in whatever decisions we make no matter how hard and how impossible that may be, and we are responsible for the consequences. Many people blame the society but there are people who don’t want to subject themselves to become the victims and come out ahead. Abraham Lincoln is my hero of fighting against all odds to become a lawyer and a president. His love for learning as a kid and the sense of responsibility as a youngster set him apart.

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