Title: Choice, The
Authors: Eger, Edith
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 378
Year: 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: World renowned psychologist Edith Eger is uniquely placed to expound on the choice we make when it comes to suffering: live as a victim, or as a survivor. Sent to Auschwitz with her family as a 16 year-old, she survived, putting it down to 'working together and helping others', a lesson she then applied to the career and new life she embraced in the US. In this remarkable memoir, the story of the author's exceptional life is interspersed with accounts of patients she has helped move from trauma to triumph in her clinical practice.

Written with integrity and compassion, this book contains inspiring approaches to achieving healing and freedom by confronting the suffering that life inevitably throws at us.
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By: WESTO 001 2022-02-23 15:17:36
Everyone in the group loved this book, some thought should be read in all schools to teach about resilience. Interesting story and told very well.

By: AUCK 335 2021-11-07 12:49:51
"Enjoy" is perhaps not the right word for a book which has so much that is sad and grim but all agreed this book was well worth reading and expressed much admiration for the author. Opinions were somewhat divided on whether the descriptions of the therapy she developed and of particular cases fitted well with the rest of the book but all were interested in the whole issue of remembering the past, difficut though that may be. There was plenty of discussion of many issues.

By: WAIAU 002 2021-09-17 12:06:03
All members thoroughly enjoyed this book. Totally inspiring, and would recommend to other book groups to read.

By: DUNED 044 2021-06-25 12:20:27
The majority of the group rated this as one of our best books.

By: BLENH 010 2021-06-25 12:19:51
Highly prized by all of our members. Easy read with great depth. Inspirational read to many. More than half of the members read the book twice.

By: TAUR 059 2021-04-08 20:37:25
Our group enjoyed this vivid telling of Edith Eger's life story and imprisonment at Auschwitz. She was much admired for her resilience and tenacity during her horrific experiences. Some in the group felt that the 3rd part of the book, stories from her clinical practice, seemed an unnecessary addition. “Here you are! In the sacred present. I can’t heal you—or anyone—but I can celebrate your choice to dismantle the prison in your mind, brick by brick. You can’t change what happened, you can’t change what you did or what was done to you. But you can choose how you live now".

By: MANGWK 001 2021-03-08 14:03:31
Simply written, which was appreciated by most of the group. Some content was difficult to embrace. Everyone was pleased with the experience of reading 'The Choice'.

By: ALEXA 003 2021-02-23 14:33:39
All very much enjoyed this amazing book.

By: CHCH 345 2021-02-11 09:58:57
This book struck a chord with everyone in our group. It generated a lot of conversation and several members have recommended it to others, or looked into other books by Edith Eger. Like other comments here, this was a book everyone agreed was interesting, inspiring and very well written.

By: CHCH 086 2021-01-27 11:57:45
Fascinating read on life and conditions in Auschwitz and the trauma ongoing. Interesting look at Eger's psychotherapy theories.

By: MTMA 002 2020-12-16 14:25:57
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Such a different perspective and understanding of human fortitude over the decades of internal struggles dealing with the Holocaust.

By: WHANG 003 2020-09-17 12:43:57
The group's overall opinion of this was that it was a very good book. We all agreed we'd like our own copy - so high praise for this author's work.

By: WELL 074 2020-08-31 14:35:36
So much more than another Auschwitz story or a self help book. Fantastic! Many of us want to re-read it.

By: AUCK 342 2020-08-31 14:34:26
Everyone loved this book.

By: WELL 123 2020-08-31 14:32:38
An excellent discussion. Members were impressed by the writing style and the content chosen by Edith Eger. What an achievement for a 90 year old!

By: ALEXA 001 2020-06-03 14:19:20
All agreed that 'The Choice' is a most inspirational book of universal reach and resonance. Based on the cruelest experience wrought on her by the depravity of the Third Reich, she documents her long survival and rehabilitation with honesty and eventual insights. Moving, overwhelmingly enlightening, and encouraging.

By: KATIK 009 2020-02-26 13:36:45
The first book we've been unanimous on! All loved it. Life affirming and inspirational.

By: DUNED 072 2019-11-27 14:15:06
We found this book very insightful and compelling. We appreciated the parallels between her clients' lives and her own.

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