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The Choice
The Choice: Escape your past and embrace the possible | Edith Eger
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, Ediths 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 Frankls Mans Search for Meaning, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.
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catiewithac
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It took me longer than expected to read this memoir. The first half is a powerful Holocaust survivor story, but it abruptly changes to a tale of a lonely American 1950s housewife. The second half of the book becomes more interesting as the author studies psychology and begins clinical practice. Dr. Ever is a truly inspiring human being! #botm 💃

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BookBosomed1
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January‘s Reflective Morning Read

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Cazxxx
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“To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself. And to trust that there is enough, that you are enough.”

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ruchigandhi22
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Having read a lot of books based on holocaust, this one stands out for me as it's written by a psychologist where she focuses not only on surviving the camps but also the life after the liberation, the grief of losing parents, losing your childhood to the war and most importantly - how to be resilient.
Bonus- this book is filled with beautiful quotable lines.

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Booksbymybed
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Heartbreaking, horrifying, uplifting story of survival, resilience and life-long healing. I couldn‘t put it down, a must read for all.

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CaroPi
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This book is called in English The Choice. And yes is a hard book. No it doesn't focus on her experience in Auschwitz. It focus on the importance of healing. She uses her experience as well as the experience of some of her patients to show us the long road to heal. Highly recommended!

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MaJoRomeroDLV
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This is the kind of book that changes your life, it gives you more conscience and it makes you think twice about everything that you do, and of course, it teaches you how important is the gift of life.

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goodbyefrancie
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KristenDuck So stinking cute!!! 2y
Tamra They never make reading convenient. 😉 Cozy yes. 2y
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BookishMarginalia That is so familiar! 2y
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Bookzombie 💕🐈‍⬛ 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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Sunday recharge. Daisy approves. ❤🐈

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wanderinglynn So sweet! ❤️🐱 2y
Aims42 😻😻😻😻😻😻 2y
Nute OMG! This is such a sweet photo!😻 13mo
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Ruleyparuley
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It‘s a beautiful book about hope, courage and overcoming insurmountable horrors. It helps to feel more grateful and has an uplifting tone. My key takeaways: 1. People adopt self-defeating behaviour - seek approval; seek attention or want affection. 2. We grieve what happened and what didn‘t happen. 3. Being happy means taking responsibility for self. 4. Strength isn‘t reacting it‘s responding.

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Peaceful_Reader
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Dr Eger makes this story one of hope even though the subject matter is tough. I cried several times over her story as well as several of her patient‘s stories. Highly recommend this book for all..

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achalla
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"Each moment is a choice."

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Olivia306
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Wow, what an experience this book was! A powerful journey from start to finish. Mrs. Eger talks openly not only about her terrible experinces during the war and her imprisonment at Auschwitz, but also about how much she struggled afterwards and how she used her experience and expertise in helping other people. I genuinely feel like I learned a lot reading this book and I can only thank Mrs. Eger for sharing her life and her wisdom with us. ⬇️

Olivia306 Special shoutout to @TrishB 😊 It was thanks to your wonderful review that I discovered this excellent book. 🤗 2y
TrishB So glad you enjoyed it. She is a remarkable woman ❤️ 2y
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GoneFishing

Our painful experiences aren‘t a liability—they‘re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength.

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Yahui07
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Love this book very much. Such an inspiring and genuine book. Highly recommend!

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JillR
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A read that was almost too intense for right now; this is as much about the author‘s recovery from Auschwitz as the time she spent there. Beautifully written, harrowing but hopeful. It‘s left me reeling a bit.

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KerryGCW
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A different take on a Survivor "story", Dr Eger takes us through her life after liberation. How she manages to find freedom and forgiveness, sharing her experiences. I honestly took away so much from this book and am honoured to have read it - thank you Dr Eger for sharing your memories and thoughts with us.

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peaknit
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This was so good, one part Holocaust survivor and one part how Dr. Eger applies her knowledge to help others as a therapist. Good advice here as well as a heart breaking story. Also #booked2020

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Caroline2
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I must admit, this was not what I expected. It‘s almost more of a self help book rather than a memoir as a lot of the book is about her patients and how people deal with trauma. Some serious trigger warnings as this book covers every kind of suffering. But she handles it all with such humanity and kindness. What an inspirational woman. I‘d highly recommend it to anyone suffering with PTSD. #Hungary #ReadingEurope2020

Rina_Black Sounds interesting! Does the author talk about any other conditions besides PTSD in this book? 3y
Caroline2 @Rina_Black yes she covers everything from suicide to sexual abuse and depression etc. 3y
BarbaraBB A heavy read but it does intrigue me. 3y
Librarybelle I‘ve seen several mentions about this book. Difficult read, but an important read 3y
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squirrelbrain
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What an amazing book. I cannot comprehend how Edith, sent to Auschwitz as a teenager, has such capacity for forgiveness and understanding and has been able to use that to help so many other people.

‘Our painful experiences aren‘t a liability - they‘re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength‘

Everyone should read this book.

#readingeurope2020
#hungary

BarbaraBB Beautiful review. 3y
TrishB She truly is an amazing woman!! ❤️ 3y
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ Great review! 3y
Caroline2 Glad you liked it. I‘m about halfway through now. 👍 3y
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TrishB
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On International Women‘s Day, I would like to celebrate and acknowledge this wonderful woman.
There are some very sad bits in the book, as you would expect, but this is definitely an inspiring story of how she tried to move on and not only move on herself, but dedicate her life to helping other people do the same. Her introspection regarding all she had been through was educational to read.
An awesome woman.

Velvetfur Wow....sounds powerful. She sounds like such an inspiration, what a great highlight for this day 💜 3y
youneverarrived She‘s amazing 🖤 3y
squirrelbrain Great review! I‘m about halfway through.... 3y
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rockpools ❤️ She IS awesome! 3y
Cathythoughts Great review! I would like to read this one too ❤️👍🏻 3y
Caroline2 I am loving this woman and this book. I‘m only about a quarter way through as lots to do this wkend but glad to hear you loved it. 👍 3y
Cinfhen Love this 🙌🏻great to highlight such a remarkable woman 3y
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Caroline2 hope you‘re enjoying it 💜 3y
JillR I just finished this, it wasn‘t the book I was expecting, so good 2y
TrishB @JillR it‘s a very humbling read isn‘t it. A wonderful woman. 2y
JillR @Trishb it certainly is x 2y
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TrishB
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Starting this one for a weekend buddy read with @Caroline2 and @squirrelbrain

Cathythoughts Looks good 👍🏻❤️💔enjoy 3y
JennyM Ooo...this made me cry. I listened on audio after @youneverarrived recommendation. Tissues at the ready ladies 💔 3y
rockpools What @JennyM said! 💔 3y
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Caroline2 I‘ve started it this morning too...loving it so far. Beautiful writing. 💖 3y
squirrelbrain Yes, I remembered this yesterday and took it off the shelf. Not sure how much reading I‘ll get done today (baking now, visitors later), but we‘ll see! @Caroline2 (edited) 3y
Cinfhen It‘s on my TBR ♥️ 3y
TrishB @Cathythoughts @JennyM @RachelO getting ready with the tissues. The intro was sad enough! 3y
TrishB @Caroline2 @squirrelbrain have a typical busy Saturday too so don‘t generally get a lot of reading done, probably get to it later for an hour or so. 3y
TrishB @Cinfhen 😘❤️ 3y
thewallflower0707 A well-written book 📖 from an inspiring author 3y
TrishB @thewallflower0707 definitely inspiring ❤️ 3y
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TrishB
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#ukkindledeal- today!! 😁

rockpools It‘s excellent! A v tough read, but well worth it. 3y
TrishB It‘s been on my to buy list for a while, so really pleased to see the offer @RachelO 3y
Caroline2 Oh I‘ve been meaning to read this for agesssss! Fancy a loosely-goosey buddy read sometime? I bet Helen will be up for it too? @squirrelbrain 3y
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TrishB @Caroline2 @squirrelbrain I‘m up for it. Let me know a good time! 3y
squirrelbrain I‘m up for it too! I can fit in with whatever you want time-wise....@caroline2 @TrishB (edited) 3y
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Caroline2 shall we say next weekend? 3y
squirrelbrain Next weekend is good for me! @TrishB @Caroline2 3y
Caroline2 Next weekend is good for me too! It‘s a date! 😉 👍 @squirrelbrain @TrishB 3y
Victoria_Clyne It's a great read. 3y
youneverarrived I‘m so glad this is getting read a lot on here. It‘s absolutely brilliant ♥️ 3y
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rockpools
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This remarkable lady is Edith Eger. At age 16, an aspiring Olympic gymnast, she was sent to Auschwitz with her sister and parents. The Choice is her life story, not just her time in the camps, but the impact that year had, right through to present day. In her 40s, she trained as a psychologist, and the last part of the book discusses her practice, patients, and work on healing & recovery.
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rockpools There was a lot here I haven‘t read before. In the camps, teenagers being teenagers; as a dancer, she was so aware of her own physicality, before, during and after; just how badly the nightmare didn‘t end when she was found and liberated... Of course it‘s not an easy read, many tears were shed, but it is a very readable, thought-provoking and well-told story. 3y
TrishB Lovely review Rachel ❤️ definitely stacked. 3y
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rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish 😊 3y
Librarybelle Wonderful review! 3y
BarbaraBB Thanks for bringing this to my attention ❤️ 3y
youneverarrived Brilliant review ♥️ I‘m so glad you liked it as much as me. 3y
rockpools @youneverarrived She‘s awesome! Are you in your new place now? How‘s it all going? 3y
youneverarrived Thanks for asking 😘 we‘ve been moving since Thursday but it‘ll be our first night in there tonight 😁 3y
rockpools @youneverarrived Nice! Hope it all goes well and you get a fantastic first night‘s sleep! 3y
youneverarrived Thanks Rachel 💕 3y
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rockpools

Edith‘s 10-yr old daughter, a voracious reader, finds a book, with pictures.
Auschwitz.
She asks.
Edith‘s husband explains: ‘Your mother was there‘.

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This is such a powerful book. Echoing her life, her time in the camps is just a small part, time-wise, but living with the trauma, pretending it never happened, particularly as her children grow older - equally devastating.

squirrelbrain I have this on my TBR shelf to read shortly.... 3y
LeahBergen Ooph. 😢 3y
rockpools @squirrelbrain It‘s so good! But you might want a bubblegum read to follow it up... 3y
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rockpools
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“We have lived through hell only to become someone else's nightmare.”

This is heartbreaking. Having survived camps, marches and starvation, and been liberated by American GIs, the girls discover that they are viewed as transgressors, scroungers, a source of fear, ‘the enemy‘.

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MelKelsey
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3: This is a must-read.The little details, jokes made by prisoners, music playing when they arrived, and the extent of the physical deterioration, were so elucidating to the reader. It is mostly a self-help book about how to live with the bad things that have happened and will happen in life. It's well-written and has excellent counsel, but it's vital to read as an account about the evil that people are capable of committing against each other.

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PauCepi

“Ser pasiva es permitir que otros decidan por ti. Ser agresiva es decidir por los otros. Ser asertiva es decidir por ti misma.”

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PauCepi

“Podemos decidir: prestar atención a lo que hemos perdido o prestar atención a lo que todavía tenemos”.

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PauCepi

“A menudo, los pequeños disgustos de nuestra vida simbolizan pérdidas mayores; las preocupaciones aparentemente insignificantes indican un dolor mayor”.

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PauCepi

“Lejos de disminuir el dolor, todo lo que nos negamos a aceptar se convierte en una realidad tan inexpugnable como los muros de cemento y las barras de acero. Si nos permitimos afligirnos por nuestras pérdidas, heridas y decepciones, estamos condenados a revivirlas. La libertad reside en aceptar lo sucedido. La libertad significa armarnos de valor para desmantelar la prisión pieza a pieza”.

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PauCepi

“Con el tiempo, he aprendido que puedo decidir como reaccionar ante el pasado. Puedo sentirme desgraciada o esperanzada. Puedo sentirme deprimida o feliz. Siempre tenemos la posibilidad de decidir, la posibilidad de tener el control”.

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Cinfhen
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#RedRoseSeptember I‘m always in awe and complete admiration when a survivor of any unspeakable horror is able to acknowledge that despite the trauma and hell they‘ve been through, they still see the hope and beauty that exists in this world. A reminder to each of us, every day is a blessing 🙏🏻#WonderfulLife The Choice is still on my TBR and I‘ve read Viktor Frankl‘s powerful manifesto. #NeverAgain #NeverForget

TrishB Lovely post ♥️ 3y
Cinfhen @TrishB My guests are leaving this morning for a few days. They‘ll be back Thursday😆but today I‘m reading the book you sent me.... 3y
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Megabooks ❤️❤️ 3y
TrishB He is certainly one of those people you are talking about 💕 3y
Cinfhen So I‘ll make sure to have tissues handy @TrishB 3y
Cinfhen ❣️❣️❣️❣️ @erzascarletbookgasm @Megabooks I was being sort of “difficult” the other day, complaining to hubs about how much “work” it is to prepare for company and then I thought, how lucky am I that I‘m able to offer food and shelter to friends and I get to spend quality time with them. It‘s all about attitude readjustment. I went from being resentful to grateful and it made such a difference. 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ve definitely been pulling a lot of breathing in “bad thing” breathing out gratitude for all I have to fix what‘s wrong in my life. Other people definitely have it worse! 3y
Cinfhen @Megabooks perspective is vital ♥️sending you positive vibes xx 3y
Dragonfairykats @Megabooks Never think your problems are "less" than someone else's! All of our situations are unique, and what we're going through is as important as the next person. Your pain is big to you, and, because all our situations are different, cannot be compared to others' pain. I've had to learn that God can handle everyone's problems & none are less or more important than another. The way we react to our issues definitely influences how we feel. ⬇️ 3y
Dragonfairykats Sending love and happiness to those in need! 💗 3y
Cinfhen Agreed @Dragonfairykats well said xx 3y
Megabooks @Dragonfairykats Definitely well said! I am grateful for the advantages I do have, but you‘re right that my problems are real. Thank you for the love! 3y
gradcat Oh, my heart—I love the Frankl book! Nice post! ♥️♥️ 3y
Cinfhen @gradcat 😘😘 3y
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squirrelbrain
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Thank you so much for the gift @Caroline2 ! ❤️ It‘s a definite for a buddy read.... I think we should check to see how many of the same books we have on each of our shelves - a lot, I reckon!

The bookmark is lovely and I adore the card - I too would eat all of the cake, given the chance! 😁🍰🐿

Caroline2 I am so sorry it‘s a duplicate!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ typical! A massive tbr list and I still manage to send you the same book as someone else! 😆 3y
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 - just shows you have good taste 👍😁 I‘ve looked at it a few times in the shops and it gets great reviews on here so it should be a good one! 3y
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MeganTurner
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This book made me feel so many different emotions. I think it‘s incredible how a person can overcome something so dreadful and traumatic as Auschwitz. Such an emotional book. I loved it and loved being able to have an insight into this lady‘s life. ❤️❤️

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pitou215
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I enjoyed the beginning but the ending was very long. Anyone else read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts

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ChelseaMcKay

“Taking risks doesn‘t mean throwing ourselves blindly into danger. But it means embracing our fears so that we aren‘t imprisoned by them”

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ChelseaMcKay
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“Maybe to heal isn‘t to erase the scar, or even to make the scar. To heal is to cherish the wound.”

Catching a few paragraphs on my 15 minute break! this book does NOT disappoint

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ChelseaMcKay
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Sometimes your dogs just want you to put the book down and play 😂😂😂

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ChelseaMcKay

I told my principal I was considering getting my doctorate in psychology. But I couldn‘t speak my dream without a caveat. “I don‘t know,” I said,
“by the time I finish school I‘ll be fifty.” He smiled at me. “You‘re going to be fifty anyhow,” he said.

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ChelseaMcKay

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one‘s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one‘s own way. Each moment is a choice. No matter how frustrating or boring or constraining or painful
or oppressive our experience, we can always choose how we respond. And I finally begin
to understand that I, too, have a choice. This realization will change my life

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ChelseaMcKay

Just remember, no one can take away from you what you‘ve put in your mind. We can‘t choose to vanish the dark, but we can choose to kindle the light.

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ChelseaMcKay

“Maybe moving forward also meant circling back”

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mreads
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Edith Eger's memoir about the Holocaust and surviving multiple death camps including Auschwitz will #madeyoucry. She went on to become a renowned psychologist working with victims of trauma. The story with the sardine can...whew

#30JuneBooks @howjessreads

Crazeedi I really want to read this, but my heart💔 3y
mreads @Crazeedi yep, somedays I read a section and that was all I could take for that day. 3y
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InnerSavvy
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Excellent book. First part is her life during WWII. The second is life after and third, my favorite, is how to heal.

"Maybe to heal isn't to erase the scar, or even to make a scar. To heal is to cherish the wound."

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bapaul13
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Reading now. Oh the struggles.... Can not imagine....

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JennyM
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I have cried many times while listening to this book. After surviving Auschwitz at 16, Eger uses her experience to help others in trauma, eventually becoming a clinical psychologist. What a courageous, compassionate and remarkable woman. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Katie

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️sounds really good 4y
Tanisha_A 👌🏽 review! I'd love to read it I think! 4y
JennyM @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts it‘s so well done on audio. Very, very sad but also full of hope ❤️ 4y
youneverarrived Aw Jenny I‘m so glad you read and liked this ♥️ it‘s heartbreaking but really inspiring. Such an amazing woman she is x 4y
Cathythoughts Ok , Im screen- shotting this for my audible list 👍🏻♥️ 4y
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