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Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living Hardcover – December 18, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618723439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618723430
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–When Frankl was a child in Vienna, his dream was to be a doctor. While pursuing that goal, he became intrigued with Sigmund Freud and eventually moved into psychiatry, developing his own theory of logotherapy, a way to encourage patients to live fully by looking to the future rather than reliving the past. Frankl's professional plans were interrupted by the events of the Holocaust, with his arrest and imprisonment in four different concentration camps over a two-and-a-half-year period. Faced with the unimaginable, he applied his theory of logotherapy and helped many of his fellow camp victims to survive. When the war ended and Frankl returned to Vienna, he learned of the deaths of his beloved wife and parents in the camps. Years of his own depression were countered with encouragement from colleagues and a new relationship and marriage. He began to write about his experiences from a psychological viewpoint. The result was his widely read and acclaimed book Man's Search for Meaning. Redsand has written an intriguing biography of a man who made a huge impact on the lives of many. His story presents a valued and readable look at one man's life.–Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI
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A survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, Viktor Frankl became a world-renowned psychiatrist, and his book Man's Search for Meaning (1946) has sold millions. This biography, illustrated by a plentiful selection of black-and-white photos, sets his personal story against the history of his time, including discussion of the rise of Hitler and the destruction of the Jews, as well as Frankl's own incredibly painful experience--the loss of his family and his years in the death camps. Less accessible than the history is Redsand's turgid explanation of Frankl's psychological analysis. Although this book lacks the stark immediacy of some Holocaust memoirs--for example, Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved (1988)--there's still a lot to discuss here--especially Frankl's ideas of salvation through love and personal responsibility, and his opposition to revenge and collective guilt. Includes an annotated bibliography and chapter notes, mainly to Frankl's own writing. Hazel Rochman
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The content was very informative and comprehensive.
Illistine M. Banks
More than a personal story, Frankl analyzed the situation as a psychiatrist connecting it to his logotherapy, which finds meaning in action, creation, and suffering.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Clarion Books is a children's book publisher so rarely do their titles ever appear in our adult issues - but Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living is a young adult read too important to be limited to the children's section alone, and many an adult will appreciate this survey of his achievement. A prison in the Nazi camps during the war, Frankl's development of logotherapy - a form of psychotherapy encouraging patients to look to the future rather than reliving traumas of the past - was to serve as a key to recovery and finding meaning in lives destroyed during the war. His biography is a powerful blend of Holocaust images, history, and facts, and makes for an outstanding coverage not to be missed by any age.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on August 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For those curious about the man behind the famous book Man's Search for Meaning, this solid, serious biography chronicles an inspiring life. Austrian Jew, Viktor Frankl, was a practicing psychiatrist and creator of logotherapy. His new treatment differed from Sigmund Freud's and Alfred Adler's, giants who began as his mentors and ended as his angry competitors. Frankl spent two and a half years in four concentration camps during the Holocaust. He believed people could exist on their inner strength. Using his previous experience doctoring suicide patients, he helped many fellow inmates survive. Upon liberation, he wrote one of the first camp exposés, Man's Search for Meaning, one of the ten most influential books in America, according to the Library of Congress. More than a personal story, Frankl analyzed the situation as a psychiatrist connecting it to his logotherapy, which finds meaning in action, creation, and suffering. Frankl, a prankster as a child, grew into a man with a flair for risk; his favorite activities included brain surgery, mountain climbing and casino gambling. The volume chronologically unfolds his life, often making parallels with Adolf Hitler who once lived near the Frankl home in Vienna. Marvelous family portraits and wonderful old postcards of Vienna set the scene and recapture the era. Warm moments discuss Frankl's family life, his two marriages and one daughter. If only title and chapter fonts had followed suit; they are frenetic, slanted and tacky. These are small quibbles in a well written book that, though text bookish, overflows with clearly explained information about heavy topics: competing psychiatric theories, discipline of logotherapy, Nazi rise to power and targeted destruction of Jews. For ages 12 and up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pat Tellinghusen on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What genius to make the Victor Frankl story accessible to young adults! On the verge of flying solo in a world that can be cruel, teens need a story of hope from someone who survived one of the cruelest periods in history. This book brings to light some overlooked facts about the second world war, particularly Hitler's rise to power. Frankl's discovery of how life's meaning gives a person the power to survive, however, is a staff that will guide many young adults throughout their lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Schmidt on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gallup Independent newspaper, Albuquerque Judasim Examiner review: While Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is being observed in the U.S., an author who survived the Holocaust and whose famous book about it has been published in 24 countries and sold 22 million copies, Viktor Frankl, is better known today outside the Jewish community than within it and his book is not easily found at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Still, it remains surprising that an outstanding new biography, Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living that has been receiving national book awards and that brings his work to a whole new generation of young people, was written by a seemingly unlikely author: a non-Jewish Albuquerque high school teacher:

Many school teachers dream of having a book published by a top publisher. Anna Redsand, raised by Christian Reformed missionary parents on the Navajo Reservation, has worked 37 years as an educator and counselor throughout New Mexico and is now Curriculum Director at Cesar Chavez Community School in Albuquerque. She is the author of "Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living," a nationally award-winning biography of the world-famous Jewish psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor.

Redsand attended schools at Teec Nos Pos and Shiprock and was also home-schooled, and at age nine began attending Rehoboth Mission School in Gallup. There her scholastic abilities stood out but this also made her a target. Not fitting in was a challenge to overcome that steered her towards a career in counseling and gave her empathy in helping students who she says are traumatized daily by societal conditions in New Mexico. Along the way she found that logotherapy, the approach developed by Frankl, was profoundly hopeful and useful, and began to apply it in her work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rocio T. Meneses on November 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If someone ask me, what is the meaning of life? This book would be my answer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Illistine M. Banks on January 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This biography was riveting, insightful, humorous, and enticing. I have just recently started studying about the Holocaust. I really enjoyed this book and will continue my study by reading some of the books/films referenced throughout the book. The content was very informative and comprehensive. The pictures were as important as the words. I eagerly read page after page. A special "thank you" to Anna Redsand for writing such a powerful book!
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