This is truly a beautiful book full of hope, truth, and wisdom.
It is written by Psychologist Dr. Edith Eger. At the age of sixteen, Edith was sent to the concentration camp Auschwitz, along with her father, mother, and sister.
Only Edith and her sister Magda survived the horrors of Auschwitz. This book is an account of their time there, how her life has unfolded since her liberation from Auschwitz, and the journey of healing and growth that she has since undergone.
It is a captivating life story broken up into four parts – Prison, Escape, Freedom, and Healing.
The words that Edith’s mother spoke to her on their journey to Auschwitz are echoed throughout the book.
We don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know what’s going to happen, but no one can take away from you what you put in your own mind.
Too often we create prisons within our own minds, and contribute to our suffering by how we respond to the conditions of our lives. In confronting our suffering, Edith reveals how freedom becomes possible.
It is sadly an unfortunate truth of life that many people will meet with tragedy and suffer deeply painful experiences that are so difficult to accept or make sense of. While having a deep felt understanding of the pain of such experiences, Edith Eger reflects on all that is lost by remaining within this pain.
How easily a life can become a litany of guilt and regret, a song that keeps echoing with the same chorus, with the inability to forgive ourselves. How easily the life we didn’t live becomes the only life we prize.
Edith does not proclaim that moving out of this pain towards healing and hope is an easy undertaking. She openly shares her own deep struggles on her journey towards healing and wholeness.
Weaved within all of this, are her experiences in working as a Psychologist with others who have also experienced trauma and painful life events, and how they have found their way through this pain and trauma.
Through her words Edith provides comfort and compassion by perfectly capturing the essence of some of the deepest struggles that we might face, but also the hope that can be found within such struggles.
There are so many quotes and words that resonated deeply with me. In particular, despite what struggles or heartache we may have met in life, how Edith implores us all to “Live to enrich the present”.
I thoroughly recommend this book and believe it offers the reader an opportunity to gain a new perspective by demonstrating our capacity to heal and find hope and meaning within our lives.