Edith Eger writes one of the most inspirational and helpful books I have read. The book of her life is titled “The Choice”.
In 1944, at sixteen years old, she was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured what we can’t even imagine. When the camp was finally liberated Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
She shares her story and the remarkable stories of the holocaust and of those she has helped ever since. When I read this book it made me think, “If Edith can get through her traumatic past then so can I!”
Edith is today an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. There is also the story of a family facing their son’s suicide and how Edith helped them through. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison and shows how, once we confront our suffering, we can choose freedom.
Bryan and I have both read the book and found it to be life changing on many levels. We have learned more about our choice to move forward with our own grief. Whatever your heartache or challenging life experience, there is something in this book that I know will help you find a freedom only ever dreamed about.
Here is a paragraph from the book that is an inspiration to me. “It is too easy to make a prison out of our pain, out of the past. At best revenge is useless. It can’t alter what was done to us, it can’t erase the wrongs we’ve suffered, it can’t bring back the dead. At worst revenge perpetuates the cycle of hate. It keeps the hate circling on and on. When we seek revenge, even non-violent revenge, we are revolving, not evolving.”
I have under-lined a lot of paragraphs in the book for future reference. It is a very hard-to-put-down book. I will definitely go back read it more than once!
“The Choice” is warm, compassionate and infinitely wise. It is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.
I have included this link to Radio New Zealand National which includes a very good interview with Edith Eger and well worth listening to.