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What the community says about Man's Search for Meaning
- "This wonderful book was recommended to me by my 17-year-old granddaughter, Britnye, who read it for school. My congratulations to her for reading and recommending such a serious, important work, and to her teacher for assigning it. It was first published in 1945, the year before I was born, and 12 million copies have been printed in 24 languages. Many people I mention it to have already read it…where was I? Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist living in Vienna when he was arrested by the Nazis. He could have fled to America before that, but stayed to help his elderly parents. They died in the camps, as did his first wife. He had almost completed his book on logotherapy, but it was taken from him along with everything when he was sent to Auschwitz. He survived four different concentration camps. While Freud held that man seeks pleasure and Adler that man seeks power or control, logotherapy holds that people seek meaning in their lives. Frankl recounts his time in the horror of the camps and noticed that those who gave up, who had no goal to live for, died, while many of those who did have such a goal still found meaning in life and often survived. Of course, a twist of fate could kill you in the camps anyway. ""When I first started reading Man's Search.... last week I was repulsed by the descriptions of the concentration camp experiences. How could humans be like that? Even though of course we have known about them for 70 years now, it is horrible to read about them. My temptation was to put the book aside, I told someone it was "depressing." But how glad I am that I persevered (because it was our Book Club choice this month.) Ultimately, this book is a hopeful paen to humankind's ability to rise above all suffering, to find our own individual meaning to our existence and in that way make sense of why we are in the world and why we should continue in it, doing our very best. This book transcends religion even as I recognize so much of what Frankl writes in my own religious beliefs."
- "This book is partially related to the Holocaust. The author is a survivor of the Holocaust, but he also looks at the meaning of his life after the event.""I wanted to learn more about the Holocaust so I bought this book. I learned a lot about history, but also about how people can survive terrible things."
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- "One of the great books of our time. Frankl relates the severe conditions in the concentration camp. Those without any purpose seemed to perish, it book transcends religion even as I recognize so much of what Frankl writes in my own religious beliefs. I love it "
- "This novel is so inspiring on so many different levels! I would highly recommend this read to anyone looking for a moving book that touches on some pretty sensitive topics! This is a bestseller book about descriptions of Nazi death camps and what Jews had to endure during both the camp life and after. Over 4000 customer reviews and 4.7 stars out of 5. This book touched me on so many levels, and I think you would feel that same!"
- "This looks to be an excellent book on this particular section of psychological study. It is obviously an extremely popular book for this sort of subject matter, with a very large number of user reviews, and high rating. However, it does not say if it is recommended by Tom Bilyou on this page, so I do not know if it is exactly fitting for my needs here."
- "Frankl, who survived the concentration camps, writes that suffering is inevitable and that avoiding suffering is futile. Rather, one should be worthy of one's suffering and make meaning of it instead of surrendering to nihilism, bitterness and despair. Poetically writes about how man can make meaning from suffering."
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- "Jordan B. Peterson is an increasingly popular intellect concerning psychology, philosophy, life, and idea of meaning. Victork Frankl's memoir is one of his most recommended reads as it describes a man's experience during his time in a Nazi death camp. This book explores how mankind can discover meaning and hope in even the most dire situations."
- "I like the book. This book will help you if you are looking to achieve personal growth. Some of the stories in the book are very inspirational and will move you. When you read this book you will realize that you can achieve that personal growth you've always wanted to."
- "I mean come on everyone already knows about the vain illed Nazis we all know their story, we really need to know no more. This book is only if you're into hearing stories about concentration camps. The average student or person has no need to read this book, there is nothing valauble about it, unless you like to be depressed."
- "Man's Search for Meaning is a book written by Viktor E. Frankl. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. The book is a memoir that describes life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival."
- "Man's Search for Meaning made me sit down and contemplate where I was going in my life. I had been depressed and thinking there was nothing I could do to make things better. The book made me see that I have it pretty easy compared to others and that there was nothing holding me back. I would highly recommend it for people looking for direction in life."
- "This book gives incredible perspective and is easily one of the best books about the inner working of ideology within peoples minds. I am very interested in the mind and introspective works, and this book delivered thought provoking ideas. Drawing from the author's personal experience during world war II as well as their own experience treating patients, this book gives plenty of ideas to ponder."
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in What are the best spiritual books"If one were to really want the answer to this question without countering in bias or prejudice religious standpoints, I don't think there is a single solution to be found. The author of the topic indicated books as in plural, and whilst this work written by Frankl focuses on Judaism, that may not be the route to go for all of those who are seeking spiritual advice in a book. This is not a per se incorrect answer, I just believe it to be inadequately equipped and insufficient on its own."