“The Choice: Embrace the Possible” is by far the best book I have read this year. (I actually listened to it on Audible on walks.) Dr. Edith Eva Eger survived Auschwitz, immigrated to Baltimore, became a PTSD specialist psychologist for the US Navy and shares it all in this book so that we can move from prison to freedom in our daily lives. Through her own experiences of survival and the stories of her clients, Dr. Eger opens the reader to possibilities that only exist when we see that we have a choice to make. It is a deeply theological and moving account of horror, tragedy, and resilience. Please join me in reading this book together this fall – whether you listen on Audible or read it the old fashioned way! I look forward to celebrating her wisdom with you, and sharing how God might be calling us to embrace choice in our lives.
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The Choice is a reminder of what courage looks like in the worst of times and that we all have the ability to pay attention to what we’ve lost, or to pay attention to what we still have.”—Oprah
From Dr. Eger’s website:
Edie and her sister survived multiple death camps and the death march. When the American troops liberated the camps in 1945 they found Edie barely alive in a pile of corpses. Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor’s guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. She raised a family, studied and practiced psychology, and refused to speak about her experiences during the war. Thirty-Five years after the war ended Edie returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to forgive for years. Not Hitler. Not Josef Mengele. Herself.
Today, at ninety years old, Edie is a renowned psychologist and speaker who specializes in treating patients suffering from traumatic stress disorders. She demonstrates, in her life and professional practice, how freedom from trauma, grief, and fear becomes possible once we confront our suffering and make the choice to heal.
The Choice is more than a memoir. It is an inspiration. Dr. Eger weaves her remarkable personal account of surviving the Holocaust and overcoming its ghosts of anger, shame, and guilt with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned within our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. A wise, compassionate, life-changing book, The Choice will inspire and provide comfort to generations of readers.