Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This book came highly recommended to me. It’s a quick, easy read and, although I’m not usually into non-fiction, I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did.

Viktor Frankl survived several Nazi concentration camps during WWII. As a physician specializing in psychiatry, he witnessed and learned from people’s reactions to life in the camps, and to other adverse situations. He advocates Logotherapy, and gives examples of how its use helps find a meaning for life, no matter how difficult life might be at the time.

Unlike some psychological ideologies, Logotherapy doesn’t dwell on digging up the past or facing one’s fears. Instead, it appears to center on the positive, or at least find something positive to focus on in every circumstance instead of the negative. It has proven very helpful for those who are depressed or considering suicide.

This book is divided into two sections. The first half gives accounts of Dr. Frankl’s survival in Nazi concentration camps. Despite the horrors that existed there, his presentation is well done, and makes an excellent argument for his support of Logotherapy.

Man’s Search for Meaning has survived to see nearly one hundred English printings and publication in 21 other languages. English editions alone have sold more than three million copies. I hope that convinces you that it is worth reading!
– Gail Lewis

Product Details:
Trade Paperback: Approx. 180 pages
Language: English (and others)
Publisher: Touchstone by Simon & Schuster,
     Beacon Press and others.
ISBN: 0-671-24422-1

At this writing Amazon.com has 458 reviews for this book, and 373 give it 5 stars! It's been a popular book for over six decades and remains so.

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