Chances are if you were a child growing up in the 1980’s and 90’s you heard your parents whisper about advice from sex Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The petite older Jewish woman made a name for herself by providing no frills relationship advice to the general public. What many people don’t know is she narrowly escaped being killed in the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland and trained to be a sniper during Israel’s War of Independence. This spitfire of a woman studied in Paris, dealt with insane amounts of tragedy and still made a name for herself in the United States of America. She speaks German, French, English and Hebrew with ease. In her autobiography, The Doctor is In, Ruth Westheimer lays out her loving advice with a quick with and straightforward tone all while describing the difficulties she faced to become the woman she is today.
The most striking part of Dr. Ruth’s story is the fact that she will not let anyone steal her love for life, no matter what happens. She refuses to feel sorry for herself, but admits to pain and fear. She tells the story of losing her relatives to the Nazis and her terror of being sent to live far away at an orphanage. It is difficult not to feel sorrow for her, but Dr. Ruth will not allow the reader to feel pity. The Doctor is In reads like a conversation one on one with the reader. While this is at times this method can be distracting, it also tends to lulls the reader into a comfortable story mindset.
The Doctor is In lets the reader into the private world of a very strong woman and encourages all of us to be less about self-pity and more about enjoying life.
The Doctor is In is available June 2, 2015 from Amazon Publishing.