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A powerful, moving memoir - and a practical guide to healing - written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.

Edith Eger was 16 years old when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an internment center and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Mengele soon after they arrived at the camp. Hours later Mengele demanded that Edie dance a waltz to "The Blue Danube" and rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners. These women later helped save Edie's life. Edie and her sister survived Auschwitz, were transferred to the Mauthausen and Gunskirchen camps in Austria, and managed to live until the American troops liberated the camps in 1945 and found Edie in a pile of dying bodies.

One of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps, Edie has chosen to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. Years after she was liberated from the concentration camps, Edie went back to college to study psychology. She combines her clinical knowledge and her own experiences with trauma to help others who have experienced painful events large and small. Dr. Eger has counselled veterans suffering from PTSD, women who were abused, and many others who learned that they, too, can choose to forgive, find resilience, and move forward. She lectures frequently on the power of love and healing.

The Choice weaves Eger's personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance. Eger's story is an inspiration for everyone. And her message is powerful and important: "Your pain matters and is worth healing: You can choose to be joyful and free." She is 89 years old and still dancing.

©2017 Edith Eva Eger (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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One Of The Most Powerful Books I Have Read in My Lifetime!

Words can not describe the incredible gift Dr. Eger has given the world with this book! I am so moved by the book, her story, what she has done for so many people, our military servicemen and women and many others. This book and her story will live forever and I know that I will re-read it and cherish it for all my life. And offer it to family and friends wherever I go. I have The Choice in both Audible and hardcover. It is great on Audible. God Bless Edith and her family and her gift!

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An empowering story

A story of hope in difficult times written by someone that has lived through unspeakable horrors.

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Best book !

This is a true story that’s not only a gripping novel but an inspiration to everyone who reads it! I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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This is a gem! A must read, classic!

I am a Family Physician/Geriatrician. The first hand account of Dr Egar’s ordeal invaluable in itself, and provides a beautiful, validating context for the demonstration of her Choice Therapy. Listening to the book is inspiring and so full of profoundly simple Truth that one feels you have had the blessing of personal counsel from this very special lady! J. C. Hendrix MD, San Diego CA

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Brilliant

Dr. Eger grabs you from the first paragraph and holds you until the last word! This is not just another Holocaust book, but a book about motivation. While hard to listen to at times, the message is clear. We have a choice.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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Please read!

Of all the many, many wonderful books I’ve recently read and heard, this is the most compelling, brilliant, lovely, human, and potentially life-changing, life-saving book. Please do not miss it.

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Best This Year

While listening I found myself lost in time.If you were in my ear Dr Edith nothing else mattered until I heard every word. Transfixed is the word of the day!

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Amazing book.

This is the true story of an Auschwitz survivor who went on to become a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping people who have faced trauma in their lives. Her story is amazing , touching and in some parts, horrifying. You can’t help but immerse yourself in her journey. This is a must read.

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A window too my own struggle

Edith's life story, as devestating as it is, is a celebration of life, a strong ray of hope, an armful of wisdom and deep understanding and kindness towards people.
I'm deeply touched and grateful, as this story has helped me address and work through my own childhood war trauma.
Thank you Edith for helping me on my way to freedom.

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Excellent

The Choice is a beautiful story that follows the author from a young age, before the war, through the holocaust and her life long after. I have been reading and studying about trauma for a couple of years now, and this book was the real life view that I so desperately needed. I have read lots of Dr. Daniel Siegel, and books like "The Body Keeps the Score", but they were missing something human. This book really opened my eyes and heart to how one can really choose what happens next. I feel this book will help therapist and counsellors and anyone suffering through a trauma.