The Choice

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Pub Date 07 Sep 2017 | Archive Date 01 Jan 2018



'The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leave you forever changed' DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

In The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering.

Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, but exceptional in its own right, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.


'The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leave you forever changed' DESMOND TUTU, Nobel...

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I first saw an article about this book on my Facebook wall (Daily mail maybe?) and popped it on my to-read list, knowing I'd keep my eye out for a copy. I was lucky enough to be selected on Netgalley to read this a few days later (thank you!) but I wasn't in the right mind space to read it. I knew I would have to be open to this story and not let the sadness of it overwhelm me, because it was about a truly horrific event and would be deeply personal. It was both those things.

But it was also Edith journey towards healing, and forgiveness for herself and decisions she made in life. We follow her life through Auschwitz and beyond, to her eventual marriage, family life and career. But it is late in life that Edith begins using the tools she has learned through experience to help herself, and fully help others.

A story that needs to be told. Five stars.

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One of the best books I've ever read in my entire life. It completely shook me and I'm still haunted by Edith's words long after I finished the book.

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I only requested this book because Marian Keyes recommended it so warmly on her weekly Vlog round up a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure it would be for me, as I tend to steer well clear of anything that smacks of self help or inspirational writing. I trust Marian though, and when the title came up on Netgalley I went for it. I'm so glad I did. I started reading it last night and finished it this lunchtime, breaking only to eat and sleep. It was amazing in the best sense of the word. I feel exhausted it was so cathartic. I feel empty and yet hugely inspired. It was such a powerful read, and I'm so glad I read it. I have already ordered a copy to give away and I know this is one of those books that will stay with me for the rest of my life, for all the best reasons.

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