Interestingly, the two other books also focused on the Holocaust, one of which was set in Auschwitz.
Frankl was a psychiatrist and Jewish man who survived the atrocious Auschwitz concentration camp. Prior to his imprisonment, he had begun a manuscript about a new type of therapy he wanted to pursue, which emphasized a person overcoming problems by finding meaning and hope. This was ultimately tested as he had to survive torture and starvation, and he still believed that therapy should focus on attaining meaning from life- even meaning from suffering.
While I don't agree with everything he believed about this new therapy, his writing is incredibly inspiring. I wanted especially to share part of the Forward of "Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning." :
To all appearances, religion is not dying,
and insofar as this is true, God is not dead either,
not even "after Auschwitz" to quote the title of a book.
For either belief in God is unconditional or it is not belief at all.
If it is unconditional it will stand and face the fact
that six million died in the Nazi holocaust;
if it is not unconditional it will fall away
if only a single innocent child has to die-
to resort to an argument once advanced by Dostoevski.
There is no point in bargaining with God,
say, by arguing
'Up to six thousand or even one million victims of the holocaust
I maintain my belief in Thee,
but from one million upward nothing can be done any longer,
and I am sorry but I must renounce my belief in Thee.'
The truth is that among those who actually went through the experience of Auschwitz,
the number of those whose religious life was deepened -
in spite of, not because of, this experience -
by far exceeds the number of those who gave up their belief.
To paraphrase what La Rochefoucault once remarked with regard to love,
one might say that just as the small fire is extinguished by the storm
while a large fire is enhanced by it -
likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicaments and a catastrophes,
whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them."
-- Viktor E. Frankl
Isn't that powerful?
Either God is God in the good times as well as the bad times or he isn't God at all. You cannot proclaim a faith in him only if he blesses you and your life is good; that is not faith.