Open Book: Book Recs July 2022

Carolyn Astfalk has a first Wednesday of the month book review linkup, shared also at Catholic Mom!


Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

From Amazon:

A young adult edition of the best-selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl’s life, and supplementary letters and speeches

Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is a classic work of Holocaust literature that has riveted generations of readers. Like Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl and Elie Wiesel’s Night, Frankl’s masterpiece is a timeless examination of life in the Nazi death camps. At the same time, Frankl’s universal lessons for coping with suffering and finding one’s purpose in life offer an unforgettable message for readers seeking solace and guidance. This young adult edition features the entirety of Frankl’s Holocaust memoir and an abridged version of his writing on psychology, supplemented with photographs, a map of the concentration camps, a glossary of terms, a selection of Frankl’s letters and speeches, and a timeline of his life and of important events in the Holocaust. These supplementary materials vividly bring Frankl’s story to life, serving as valuable teaching and learning tools. A foreword by renowned novelist John Boyne provides a stirring testament to the lasting power of Frankl’s moral vision.

My Thoughts:

Not sure how I ended up with the young adult adaptation from the library, but maybe that was God protecting me. Either way, this was a pretty transformative read. Logotherapy, or the value of finding meaning in one’s life as the key to mental health, is a concept I’ve wanted to explore for quite some time, and this was at last my opportunity. In addition to his description of life (and death) in concentration camps, Frankl makes strong arguments for promoting “mental hygiene” among self and others by searching for the meanings of our prayers, works, joys, and sufferings. 6/5

Time to link up YOUR #OpenBook reviews over at Carolyn’s!


  1. Oh, I loved this book when I read it for my Intro to Psychology class in college. I’ve always wanted to return to it. I read the regular version, but all those additions to the YA version sound interesting. Thanks for linking up!

  2. Thank you Erin for this book review.I am considering purchasing for my son who is not a reader but listens to lots of podcasts. I love reading and all the wonderful things that happen with our brain when we read.He is 34 and I think he would enjoy this book.Is it too young for him to read?Also, I have been struggling with CIR and food disorders meetings. I know you have been developing your ministry in this area and could use some guidance regarding Catholics and food and how God wants us to view food etc. The OA and other 12 step groups do not dive deep enough for me to be convicted to follow them.Of what you developed, what can I use?Do you have a book in the making?Thanks Erin.I know you are a very busy woman and I appreciate your contribution in glorifying God.You and your family remain in my prayers.Love,Karen, your sister in Christ 💞💞💞🙏💞💞🙏💞💞Sent from Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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