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Winner of the 2021 Audie Award

“I will be forever changed by Edith Eger’s story.” —Oprah

A practical and inspirational guide to stopping destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts to find freedom and joy in life—now updated to address the challenges of the pandemic and a world in crisis.

World renowned psychologist and internationally bestselling author Edith Eger’s powerful New York Times bestselling book The Choice told the story of her survival in the concentration camps, her escape, healing, and journey to freedom. Readers and listeners around the world wrote to tell her how The Choice moved them and inspired them to confront their own past and try to heal their pain. They asked her to write another, more prescriptive book. Eger’s second book, The Gift, expands on her message of healing and provides a hands-on guide that gently encourages listeners to change the thoughts and behaviors that may be keeping them imprisoned in the past.

Eger 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. She describes the most pervasive imprisoning beliefs she has known—including fear, grief, anger, secrets, stress, guilt, shame, and avoidance—and the tools she has discovered to deal with these universal challenges. These lessons are offered through riveting and inspiring stories from her life and the lives of her patients.

This new, revised edition of The Gift contains two new chapters that examine the invaluable insights and lessons Edie learned during the COVID-19 pandemic; a time she used to rediscover freedom even in lockdown and to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, including preparing and sharing meals with the ones we love. Edie includes recipes for some of her favorite dishes which have been updated and tested by her daughter Marianne Engle and explains how food can be a deep expression of love and connection.

As listeners seek to find joy and some peace in these challenging times, Eger’s wisdom and heartfelt advice is as timely, and timeless, as ever and certain to resonate with Eger’s devoted listeners and those who have not yet found her transformational wisdom.

Filled with empathy, insight, and humor, The Gift captures the vulnerability and common challenges we all face and provides encouragement and advice for breaking out of our personal prisons to find healing and greater joy in life.

©2020 Dr. Edith Eva Eger. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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A Path Forward

After losing my mother, father and brother to an in home invasion, I found Dr Eger’s Choice Therapy, rooted in four core psychological principles helpful in navigating towards living a life of peace and gratitude. The temptation to remain frozen or stuck in trauma is to allow circumstances beyond your control dictate the quality of the rest of your life. Dr Eger’s gift is providing the reader a path from trauma to agency in our choices and our best life.

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A MUST READ

I send love and gratitude to this dear woman. Dear reader you will find hope , strength and awaken to your own resilience!!!

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So beautiful

This is a book that will leave you breathless and happy to be part of the gift of life !!!!

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So many life lessons.

I would have never bought the book based on the cover, 12 lessons to save your life sounds grandiose, and truthfully my life didn’t need saving. But wow what wonderful gifts this brook offers, how to cope with anger, resentment, or just simple challenges from life. Worth every minute! Thank you Dr. Eger, this book is truly a gift.

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WHAT A GIFT!!!

Dr. Eger has given us another chance to learn from our sufferings, what a wisdom she has. A true master of living, what an honor to learn from her. Well written, a wonderful audiobook!!!!!

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I 💙 u Duhnella for your gift of this book!

There are so many wonderful nuggets of knowledge, written with such wisdom, hope, understanding and love, I can’t help but to read it again. I am finding peace & joy on this path of healing and hope thanks to Dr Edith & my precious angel DMG. Passing it forward...

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Profound...

... LOVE this book! I appreciate the authenticity and the honesty with which this book was presented. I plan to buy it as gifts for several people as I believe this is the GIFT that keeps on giving! <3

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Amazing

This is one of my top favorite books now, and that is significant because I read A LOT. Please read this book, especially as we face so many worldly challenges today.

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Great insights

This book has some awesome insights for life. I felt the reader was a little dry though so sometimes it was hard to stay interested. This might be a better book on paper.

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Give Yourself The Gift

I've read Dr Eger’s first book, The Choice. At first, I didn't want to read it but my weight Dr highly recommended it if I was serious about losing weight.
I chose to read The Gift. Honestly, it is an excellent resource to help any reader to grow and live with compassion, empathy and joy.

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