How do you move on after trauma?

That’s a question many of us will unfortunately have to grapple with

at some point in our lives. It’s certainly relevant right now. The good

news is that there is no shortage of smart, thoughtful people out there

offering advice on the subject. I recently read a book by

Dr. Edith Eva Eger that I think is particularly useful.

“Edith’s strength and courage are remarkable in this memoir

as she draws on her own unthinkable experience in Nazi

concentration camps to become a therapist and help others

recover from all kinds of hardship.

Her life and work are an incredible example of forgiveness,

resilience and generosity.” — Sheryl Sandberg

“Dr. Edith Eva Eger is my kind of hero. She survived

unspeakable horrors and brutality; but rather than let her

painful past destroy her, she chose to transform it into a

powerful gift – one she uses to help others heal.” –

Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

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.  Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to

transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that

suffering for the benefit of others.  She has found true freedom

and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well.”

— Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“I can’t imagine a more important message for modern times.

Eger’s book is a triumph, and should be read by all who care

about both their inner freedom and the future of humanity.”,

New York Times Book Review

A beautiful memoir, reminiscent of the great works of

Anne Frank and Viktor Frankl. But it is more than a book—

it is a work of art. It gave me goosebumps, the kind that grace

you in transcendent moments of appreciating a Mozart sonata,

an Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnet, or the ceiling of the

Sistine Chapel. — Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling

author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with

Sheryl Sandberg

“A more important book for our times is hard to imagine”,

The Bookseller

“A poignantly crafted memoir…a searing, astute study of

intensive healing and self-acceptance through the absolution

of suffering and atrocity.”, Kirkus, starred review

“Life’s experiences can lead to contraction and grief and to

expansion and love. The story of Edie Eger’s WWII era

experiences and her subsequent growth and life path is an

incredible journey and victory of the human soul over the pain

of human degradation.” — Stephen Robinson, CEO, MAGIS

Group LLC, Specialist in Optimal Performance under Stress™

(OPS™) training

The Choice will be an extraordinary book on heroism, healing, resiliency, compassion, survival with dignity, mental toughness, and

moral courage. It will appeal to millions of people who can

learn from Dr. Eger’s inspiring cases and shocking personal

story as well as her profound clinical wisdom to heal their lives.” — Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Stanford Professor Emeritus of Psychology,

Author of the New York Times-Bestselling The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

“Eger present a searing firsthand account of surviving the

Holocaust in this heartfelt memoir of trauma, resilience, and


Offering a gripping survival story and hard-won wisdom for

facing the painful impact of trauma on the human psyche,

this valuable work bears witness to the strength of the human

spirit to overcome unfathomable evil.”, Library Journal

About the Author

An eminent psychologist and one of the few remaining

Holocaust survivors old enough to remember life in the camps, Dr. Edith Eger has worked with veterans, military personnel, and victims

of physical and mental trauma. She lives in La Jolla, California. She is the author of the award-winning book The Choice and The Gift.

Suresh Shah, Pathfinders Enterprise


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