Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Working It Out: A Book Review and Giveaway

I am a huge fan of NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser. To me, its not so much the actual competition that intrigues me, its the individual contestant's stories that get me. Each season, I tend to gravitate to one or two contestants and they ultimately become my favorites. I learn from them, and cheer them on from my living room. One such contestant was Abby Rike from season 8. Her journey through loss, grief, weight loss and her experience on The Biggest Loser is chronicled in Working It Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and Hope, published by Faith Works (Hachette Book Group) and releases on May 4, 2011




About The Book:


In 2006, Abby Rike lost the life she knew and loved when her husband and two young children were killed in a car accident. Devastated and numb, she shut down. For nearly three years she walked through life like a spectre, present in body only. As she descended, so did her health.

Fortunately, Abby was not alone. She had loving parents, supportive friends, and a faith that continued to sustain her. Little by little she found the courage to return to life. Joining The Biggest Loser proved a catalyst for the physical and emotional changes she needed to make. In fact, against all odds Abby gained strength, courage, wisdom, and continued her steadfast relationship with God. Instead of anger, she found herself slowly but steadily healing. She lost a hundred pounds but gained hope.


In this riveting book, Abby tells her story--from her joyous life before the accident to the unbearable pain that followed it and her eventual emergence as a woman reinvigorated by her faith in God. Today Abby's resilience and positivity are a testament to the power and importance of faith in the darkest hours.



About The Author:


Abby Rike was a high school drama teacher before the 2006 accident that changed her life. After losing her two children and husband in a tragic accident, Abby journeyed through the trials of grief, and ultimately decided she needed a life change. After a stint on The Biggest Loser, where she lost 100 pounds and gained a new perspective on life, Abby quit her teaching job and now travels around the country speaking full-time to a variety of different groups about her physical and emotional journey.


My Review:


The first thing I have to say about this book is make sure you have tissue nearby....you will need it! The book starts off with the day that changed the life of Abby Rike forever...the day her husband and two young children lost their lives and follows Abby's journey through the grieving process and how she found hope to live life again. An unbelievable story that is every mom's nightmare. As I read this book, I was once again encouraged and reminded that God has a plan for every single one of us, and that plan will include good times, but also bad times. Times that we just don't think we can deal with and get through, but we can when we cling to Him and allow Him to carry us through. Abby's story is not done and I cannot wait to see all that God has in store for her as she continues her work as a motivational speaker.


BUY IT: You can purchase Working It Out: A Journey of Love, Loss, and Hope online through Amazon - it is also available through your local bookseller


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***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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