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The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life

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This practical and inspirational guide to healing from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Choice shows us how to stop destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts to find freedom and enjoy life.

Edith Eger’s powerful first book The Choice told the story of her survival in the concentration camps, her escape, healing, and journey to freedom. Oprah W
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Scribner
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Ink_Drinker
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books you will buy as a gift for very special people in your life. It's a true life changing book!!

The book is written by Dr. Edith Eva Ever, a holocaust survivor of Auschwitz. She is 92yrs young and holds a doctorate in Psychology.
Dr. Eger shares the horrors of life at Auschwitz along with personal stories of struggles from her clients in an effort to help others heal from every day challenges we all face. It is such a hopeful book and provides inspiration even in the darke
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Schizanthus Nerd
Hope. It’s what lit the fire within my soul when I read The Choice and it’s what made its flame shine even brighter as I made my way through The Gift. Hope that I can do the work that I know I need to do in order to address the pain and trauma I’ve experienced. Hope, because if Edith Eger can do it then so can I. Hope, which Dr Eger defines as “the awareness that suffering, however terrible, is temporary; and the curiosity to discover what happens next.”

One of my takeaways from The Choice was a
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Louise Wilson
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Edith Eger brings her own life experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz. We get some great tips in this intriguing story. It's full of wisdom and compassion. The book is well written and easy to understand. There's stories from other survivors of various events. Edith has lots of life experiences. It teaches us new techniques to change how we are feeling/reacting/behaving. Everybody could learn something from reading this well written book about mental health and self care.

I would like to thank #
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Louise Wilson
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edith Eger brings her own life experiences as a survivor of Auschwit.z. We get some great tips in this intriguing story. It's full of wisdom and compassion. The book is well written and easy to understand. There's stories from other survivors of various events. Edith has lots life experiences. It teaches us new techniques to change how we are feeling/reacting/behaving. Everybody could learn something from reading this well written book about mental health and self care.

I would like to thank #Net
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Marilyn
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Edith Eger’s second book, The Gift:12 Lessons to Save Your Life was a work of love, hope, searching and choices. It was so well written using relatable stories from her own life and from some of her patients. The stories she shared had the propose to inspire and teach. Edith Eger felt that those darkest times in life could be turned around into something positive. Everyone was given a choice when faced with death, sadness, loss, failure, anxiety, depression or any other feelings. One could choos ...more
Lou
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This practical and inspirational guide to healing from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Choice shows us how to stop destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts to find freedom and enjoy life. After the success of Edith Eger’s powerful first book The Choice which tells the story of her survival in the concentration camps, her escape, healing, and journey to freedom, thousands of people around the world wrote to Eger asking her to pen a how-to book on healing from pain ...more
Madeleine Black
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much of this book resonated with me! Although I have a very different story to Dr Eger's, I also recognised that I had a choice in how I respond to what was done to me and how I want to live my life.

I refused to be identified by what had happened to me (gang raped at 13) and chose to take back my power by living my life as well as I can.

I think this will be a great self help guide to anyone that is struggling or feels stuck in life. She offers such wisdom not only through her professional ach
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Samantha
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book will change your life and save you a fortune in therapy fees.
Everyone needs to read this book.
It’s a game charger!!!
Kristin- Shabby Chic Reader
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I really enjoyed reading this book about overcoming mental blockades to find peace and healing! It was very inspiring and uplifting. It gave me hope to be able to make changes in my life and come out better in the end. I loved reading the experiences from the author's life and those of her patients. They were great illustrations of how making choices in the right direction can truly change your life. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to overcome the past and move into ...more
Dan Connors
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
Dr. Edith Eger, age 92 at the publishing of this book, is a worldwide treasure and an amazing human being. Earlier, I reviewed her first book, The Choice, (check it out here), which was an amazing journey into her experiences during the holocaust- her days at Auschwitz, near-death experience at the end of the war, and remarkable recovery and escape from communism to end up as a psychologist in Texas.

While The Choice was a chronicle of her life story and how she ended up in the psychology field
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Fiona Mccormick
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr Edith Eger is the author of The Choice, a memoir of her life before, during and after her time in Nazi concentration camps during WW2. The Choice is a stunning piece of writing and an ideal read for anyone wanting a true perspective of life in the death camps I would thoroughly recommend it, Dr Eger is an absolute inspiration. The Gift is her self help book as she is a qualified therapist. The basis of her theory is one which I always espouse, that we cannot control events, we can only contro ...more
Michelle
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll be forever changed by Dr. Eger’s story… we all have the ability to pay attention to what we’ve lost, or to pay attention to what we still have -- Oprah

This pretty much sums it up from the great Oprah herself - Inspirational!
Rachel
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edith Eger was a teenager when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz and not only did Edith survive the Holocaust, she moved with her husband to the United States, worked in a factory, brought up her family, she then went on to graduate with a PhD from the University of Texas and became an eminent psychologist and even today she maintains a busy clinical practice and lectures around the world.

The Gift is a follow on from The Choice. You can’t help but admire Edith and want to give her a hug.
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Amy
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-netgalley
***5 Stars ***
Expected Publication: September 15th, 2020

Dr. Edith Eger is a remarkable woman. I did not read her first book The Choice but I wish I had prior to this. Having said that it is not necessary before reading this. Dr . Eger survived Auschwitz, however in this book she explains that the worst prison she experienced is not the prison that Nazis put her in, but the one she created for herself, the prison within her own mind. Despite everything she went through Dr. Eger went on to become
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Joan
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful powerful book! It’s about choosing to forgive not for the person to receive your forgiveness but for yourself. The letting go of the power the other person holds over you. About expressing rage and anger in totally healthy safe ways (like primal scream). It’s about choosing hope over fear and so much more. This book deserves more than five stars!
Stef K
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes, it’s true we all have a choice. I think it’s a good starting point to make changes to our lives by employing the suggestions she’s listing here. However I can’t help but firmly believe that what she’s termed as ‘her own therapy’ is basically Schema therapy, but more simplified.
Helen Mary Labao Barrameda
Dr Edith Eger is my go-to author when I am suffering from a crisis or a challenging time. I’ve read The Choice twice and now this new book of hers is a gift that keeps giving. I wish she makes another book; it’s astounding how so much inspiration can come from someone who survived the Holocaust and became a psychology expert after WW2. Everything she said in the book resonates with me at a very deep level. It’s the type of book I’d keep in my Kindle on standby in case I need to go through the ma ...more
Leonie Swanepoel
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book with a simple yet life changing message....In the end, it’s not what happens to us that matters most - it’s what we choose to do with it
Kathy
This is one of those books that as soon as you start reading it, you know that you are holding something very special in your hands. But The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, written by Edith Eger, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who holds a doctorate in psychology, is beyond special, it is a book that I will NEVER forget. It is a book that has the power to change lives.

If anyone can give practical, wise, insightful, relatable and even humorous advice, it's Edith Eger. She obviously knows how
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Johanna Sawyer
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m humbled to be allowed a copy of this to read, who doesn’t have daily struggles but the reality of those struggles are where we lose focus. The gift is the first book I have read by this author, as I did not read her harrowing story of survival in a Jewish concentration camp in 1944. Twelve different chapters about different scenarios where the author brings us the reality of the situation. From cheating affairs, sexual abuse survivors, to death, and angry spouses.

What did I like? I bookmar
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Pam Sartain
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gift by Edith Eger is a self help book from a woman who survived Auschwitz, and later in life became a therapist as she realised that she had been running from the trauma she suffered.

  It's a book with real life scenarios and advice for how to overcome them.  From things like recognising your own behaviour when you say someone else is cold and unfeeling, to loving yourself, and the power of saying that to yourself.

This is a very positive read, with lots of encouragement, and love (she calls
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Hanlie
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gift to humanity.
It is such a special book and 1 everyone should have on their bedside table. It is a book that will give you hope in your darkest hours.
You don't have to read this in 1 sitting. You can dip in and out of it and concentrate on the parts that are important at that moment for you.
Edit Eger is an inspiration to everyone with her story of survival and in her own words...
"It is not what happens to us that matters most; it's what we do with our experiences."

Thank you
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Sasha Nicolas
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every word is one of wisdom. These are lessons everyone can all learn, grow and benefit from. Highest recommendation!
Beni Vitai
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people-who-experience-loss-i.e.-everyone
Wow. This book is phenomenal.

This is Edith Eger's second book, after her groundbreaking and earth-shattering memoir The Choice. Her first book seamlessly chronicled her life story, interspersed with deeply insightful anecdotes from her psychological practice. Here she bestows some of the many pearls of wisdom she's gleaned from a life fraught with difficulties, through which she ultimately discovered powerful principles to choose joy in the face of suffering. This is her message to the next gene
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Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner)
Reviewed from a copy gifted by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review. A special thank you to Penguin Random House SA for the opportunity to review this book.



The newest book written by the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Choice, Dr. Edith Eger, is genuinely a gift. The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life is a remarkable book where Dr. Eger, a Holocaust survivor, writes about her experiences as a survivor in Auschwitz and shares stories of her clients' pe
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Anneke
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: The Gift-Twelve Lessons To Save Your Life
Author: Edith Eva Eger
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Review Date: September 14, 2020

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:
“This practical and inspirational guide to healing from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Choice shows us how to stop destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts to find freedom and enjoy life.

Edith Eger’s powe
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Jill Reads
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“The Gift” is truly a book that will keep on giving. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!

Yep. It’s that good.

“The Gift” is Dr. Edith Eger’s follow-up to her best-seller, “The Choice,” which published in September 2017. Since then, the clinical physiologist and Holocaust survivor has met Oprah, and traveled the world on a speaking circuit.

Oh! And she’s only 92 years young!

“The Gift” is similar in some ways to “Man’s Search for Meaning” by another Auschwitz survivor, Viktor Frankl. But
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Anna
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an inspirational book. This feels like one that I'll turn to over and over again. With all the anxiety and chaos in the world right now, I'm grateful that this ARC came onto my radar when it did!

I haven't read The Choice: Embrace the Possible, but I've heard stories about how some survivors of the Holocaust went on to live lives full of joy and hope while for others it was like they never left. Eger tells pieces of her own story throughout this book, describing how it took her decades to re
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BOOKLOVER10
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Dr. Edith Eger's first book, "The Choice," she recounts memories of her childhood, describes her family's deportation to Auschwitz when she was sixteen (tragically, her parents died there), her training in clinical psychology, and determination to live a meaningful life. At ninety-two, Edith remains active and eager to communicate what she has learned from the decades she has spent teaching, caring for patients, and addressing audiences all over the world. In "The Gift," Dr. Eger (with Esme S ...more
Lou Barber
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read The Choice, I did not have the words to express just how inspiring and thought-provoking Edith Eger's story was. Now, in The Gift, she passes on her extensive knowledge and wisdom from years of working with clients as a clinical psychologist, as well as life lessons she has learnt on her own journey to wholeness. For anyone trapped in the prison of their own thoughts, this book truly is a gift. It is written in such an accessible, charming and gentle way, it really made me want to bu ...more
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