The Choice, Embrace the Possible: A memoir by Dr Edith Eva Eger

By Rutendo Makubika

“Time doesn’t heal. It’s what you do with the time. Healing is possible when we choose to take responsibility when we choose to take risks and finally when we choose to release the wound, to let go of the past or grief” – Dr Edith Eva Eger.

I feel it is insufficient to simply say that Dr Edith Eva Eger is a remarkable woman and inspiration. As a first-hand survivor of the Holocaust, she leads you through the experiences that have shaped her and allowed her to live the many lives she has lived thereafter. Not only that but, how as a psychologist she applied the life lessons from those very experiences and imparted them onto her patients to become an even better doctor. This memoir was written with such profound weight and meaning. I found myself so drawn to her intellect, folding over too many pages to count just to hold on to her advice. From start to finish, this book is piercing, astonishing, gut wrenching and eye opening about the experiences of the Holocaust (no matter how many books you’ve read on this topic). Edith gives us a very close look at what follows at the end of imprisonment, the end of the war. She went on to become an eminent psychologist, someone who helped people come to terms with the traumas in their lives (and she shares many of these cases with us) but she also needed to exorcise the ghosts of her past too.  Desmond Tutu said this book would leave you forever changed and I am inclined to agree.  I am truly in awe of this incredible woman for being courageous and sharing her inspiring life story and have to say, you would be remiss to miss out on this one.

I have been an avid reader since my teens when I was introduced to my first classic book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. That was the start of my love affair with books. I am always on the lookout for new reads so bring on your recommendations if you have any. Happy Reading!

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