“Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Viktor E. Frankl, is a thought provoking book about Frankl’s ideas, theology, and understanding that he discovered and gained during his life; especially while in the Nazi Concentration camps. He gives his own in-depth insights to how we all can find meaning and purpose in life, especially through the hardest times. His ability and will power of mind and determination over strength and suffering is absolutely fascinating and inspiring. Also, his ability to describe and convey his feelings and thoughts helps you to feel like you were there with him suffering in the camp. Overall I would recommend this book to those people who are interested in strengthening their resolve and willpower, want insight on how to overcome adversity and trials, or to anyone who wants to understand more about the power of decision and purpose in life.
At the same time this book is definitely not for everyone and has some weaknesses. First, the book is not light reading, but is more geared towards a college or adult audience. Second, the book is not written as a story, but more of a collection of his ideas and insights he has mostly gained over the duration of his three year stay in concentration camps. The book jumps around a bit, explaining his feelings and insights he gained when liberation came to his camp, and then jumping back in time to how he felt when he had to work in the snow and cold. That annoyed me a bit because I would get lost with which of the four camps he was referring to, and to what time period of his stay he was at.
Third, the book, to me, felt more like a journal of his thoughts, ideas, and impressions rather than a book. Sometimes in the middle of a chapter he would jump from one thought to the next with no connecting dialog to help you understand the path he was trying to take you on in the book. Last, his book did not seem to have a strong thesis or message but was more of a number of different techniques and observations he made, during his time in prison, which led to his understanding of logo therapy.
Overall, I would still recommend reading this book, though you might want to read it twice through to gain a better understanding of information that Dr. Frankl is trying to convey to you.
Absolutely one of the books every person must read during their life. It will change the way you view evil, forgiveness and hope.