Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thanks for my Journey by Dr. Erica Miller (Not recommended)

For some people nothing is sacred… nothing is private.
Dr. Erica Miller is one of those people.  

Having gone through multiple things in her time she decided to write about it. 

Here is the publishers thoughts on “Thanks for my Journey”.

Holocaust survivor and noted psychologist Dr. Erica Miller shares a no-holds-barred story of bravery, survival, and unprecedented accomplishment that is both riveting and inspirational
Born in Tshernovitz, Romania, Erica Miller was only seven years old when the Nazis forced her and her family into a holding camp in the Ukraine, where they remained for four harrowing years before being liberated. But their relief was cut short when they returned to their home and found it occupied by Russians. Only when her family immigrated to Israel was the author given the chance to escape the horrors of oppression and begin a new chapter in her life.
Facing obstacles most of us would find insurmountable, the author served in the Israeli Air Force, a rarity for women at the time, and then went on to earn a PhD in clinical psychology in America. As a dedicated mental health professional, Dr. Miller founded a chain of clinics that have helped hundreds of patients heal.
A story of hardship, perseverance, and ultimate victory, Thanks for My Journey also includes a special section where Dr. Miller shares her inspirational reflections on such topics as being Jewish, gender roles, and the power in being true to oneself.

First off I need to say I received this title free via E-book in exchange for my review of this title.  And no I do not have to give a glowing review… so I won’t…

Unfortunately what drew this title to me was the subtitle “A Holocaust Survivor’s Story of Living Fearlessly.”….  After about 20 pages the history lesson was done.  The holocaust was finished and Erica and her entire family made it through the horror.

My review here is in no way a down play to her experience.  I can not even imagine the horror and difficulty that she and her family experienced during this time.  The sad thing is it only taught her to be self centered, closed off, and detached.  So many others learn from their experiences to be grateful for life, living it to its fullness and grateful to be alive.

Dr. Miller’s experiences led her to be a very detached individual; not the best parent due to this; not the best sibling, friend, or spouse.  Not a team player etc…  In fact in her book she applauds the selfish nature she learned to have.

It is funny how sometimes the most messed up individual becomes a psychologist.  Add to that her fascination with the psychic, paranormal, and hypnosis… and you get a very unique approach on life.

As a Christian I found it sad to read where she considers herself an agnostic.  Wish someone would introduce her to God, the one who walked her through the Holocaust; who kept her safe in the Army; who brought her to America; and who seeks to use her strengths to make His name known.

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