“Rachel beautifully illustrates that loving fiercely and grieving deeply are often two halves of the same whole. Her story will break you down and lift you up.” —Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising
While on her way to teach a yoga retreat in March 2014, Rachel Brathen collapses at an airport, brought to her knees by excruciating stomach pains. She is rushed to the hospital on the tiny island of Bonaire, and hours later forced to undergo surgery. When she wakes up from anesthesia, her boyfriend is weeping at her bedside. While Rachel was struck down with seemingly mysterious pain, her best friend, Andrea, sustained fatal injuries as a result of a car accident. Rachel and Andrea had a magical friendship. Though they looked nothing alike—one girl tall, blond, and Swedish, the other short, brunette, and Colombian—everyone called them gemelas: twins.
Over the three years following Andrea’s death, at what might appear from the outside to be the happiest time—with her engagement to the man she loves and a blossoming career that takes her all over the world—Rachel faces a series of trials that have the potential to define her life. Unresolved grief and trauma from her childhood make the weight of her sadness unbearable. At each turn, she is confronted again and again with a choice: Will she lose it all, succumb to grief, and grasp for control that’s beyond her reach? Or can she move through the loss and let go?
When Rachel and her husband conceive a child, pregnancy becomes a time to heal and an opportunity to be reborn herself. As she recounts this transformative period, Rachel shares her hard-won wisdom about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and how to become someone who walks through the fire of adversity with the never-ending practice of loving hard and letting go.
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Excellent, authentic, real
Rachel tells a story of a tough child hood growing up and how it helped her transition and align with her true path. Love this book! Love the unabridged version!
Raw and real - excellent read!
If you haven’t yet, you should! It’s so raw and real, it gives you hope. The way it’s written just pulls you in a way that makes you feel deeper about things that perhaps you were suppressing prior. Excellent read!
Simply life changing.
Listened to this incredible audiobook during a 9 hr road trip. I am not sure I have the proper words to describe what this book did for me. I have followed Rachel’s story for 5 years now and listening to her tell it through this book brought everything into perspective. This book is captivating, raw, gut wrenching, beautiful and down right life changing. A full spectrum of love and loss at its finest. I am normally one to purchase books in their flesh, but hearing her story straight from her mouth, gave it the genuine emotion I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do. You won’t be let down with this one.