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Eaten By The Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life Hardcover – March 8, 2013
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Eaten By The Tiger by Emile Allen, is a very unusual book. It tells a doctor's story of his catastrophic injury from both sides of the couch, as a doctor and a patient. Dr. Allen writes clearly and frankly, and does not hold back on his most intimate emotions. He describes the terrible accident, his virtual collapse, and the long road back to a better and more meaningful life in a manner that holds the reader's interest from beginning to end. The book is recommended to everybody who has met horrendous circumstances in life (isn't that just about everyone?) and would like help in finding his or her road to recovery and a better life. --Alma H. Bond, Ph.D. Author of Jackie O: On the Couch and 20 other books
There are some books that move you to tears and some that can help you conquer your fears. In offering us his own story of turmoil and triumphs over life's challenges, Dr. Emile Allen shows us why God spared his life--so he could write Eaten By The Tiger. --Steve Alten New York Times best-selling author
What an amazing book. It is rare to have a doctor get back in touch with his sensitive side and find that there is more to life than work and status. The spirit and bravery of Dr. Allen are astonishing. Eaten By The Tiger fuels the minds of the reader to reflect on their own life, have gratitude, and let go of disempowering beliefs. --Ninon de Vere De Rosa President of NinonSpeaks
About the Author
Dr. Emile Allen is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL. He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. He is the former Chairman of Urology and Vice Chairman of Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. Although he no longer uses his surgeon's scalpel, Dr. Allen now heals through his inspirational speaking and writing, touching more lives than he ever could have as a surgeon.
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He begins his story with an account that would be downright amusing if it wasn't true... he barely escapes death by electrocution while performing surgery on a patient. It was one of the most bizarre tales I have ever heard. What follows is a fascinating narrative of denial, grief and empowerment that overflows with inspiration.
Emile Allen was a successful surgeon in the years leading up to his accident; a life that had become comfortable, familiar and rewarding. Now unable to perform the most basic of tasks and riddled with pain he finds he is no longer able to maintain his practice. He becomes stuck in a destructive loop of disabilities, pain, medication, side-effects and more medications. With the loss of his career, self-esteem and identity Dr. Allen finds he must face his `tiger' head on... fear. He begins by remembering his true, original life passion and analyzing how he went off course. He writes about his journey in simple, engaging language, coming to this beautiful conclusion,
"It became clear to me that fighting for control in my life is disempowering... I realized that feeling vulnerable is okay... Being eaten by the tiger is the greatest gift that has ever happened to me."
Dr. Allen writes in a clear, easy to understand style without a lot of cluttered language. He is clearly interested in sharing his gifts, not parading them. There is not one boring spot in this book and I was generally frustrated when I had to set it down and deal with my day-to-day activities. This is not another hokey, self-help book, but an inspiring story for any of us on the planet feeling either generally unsatisfied or knocked on our faces.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, Dr. Allen. You do, indeed, have been given a great gift.