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Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survivalby Alison Wright
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A searing and uplifting account of one woman's spiritual journey from surviving a terrible accident to a triumphant ascent of Kilimanjaro On the second day of this century, world- renowned photojournalist Alison Wright was traveling on a windy mountain road in Laos when the bus she was riding in collided with a logging truck and was severed in half. As Alison waited for help to arrive-in excruciating pain and believing she was moments from death-she drew upon her years of meditation practice and concentrated on every breath as if it were her last. Learning to Breathe is an extraordinary spiritual memoir about the will to survive. After the bus collision, Alison spent fourteen hours without proper medical attention (her arm was first sewn up by a boy with a needle and thread) and endured months of surgeries and grueling physical therapy. She struggled to remain positive while doctors discouraged her from expecting a return to her previous life. Never one to accept defeat, Alison set herself a goal: to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Alison did climb Kilimanjaro, reaching the summit on the morning of her fortieth birthday. Gasping for air once again, she stood at the highest point in Africa, thankful for every moment she'd had since the accident and determined to never again take one single breath for granted. Bringing the story full circle, she retraces her steps in Laos to thank those who helped her, and she has since resumed traveling the world photographing children and the underprivileged.
Wright offers this searing and uplifting account of her spiritual journey, beginning with the survival of a terrible accident and taking readers to her triumphant ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
An extraordinary spiritual memoir about the will to survive . . . one breath at a time
While traveling in Laos on a winding mountain road, the bus that award-winning journalist Alison Wright was riding in collided with a logging truck. As she waited fourteen hours for proper medical care-in excruciating pain, certain she was moments from death-Alison drew upon years of meditation practice and concentrated on every breath as if it would be her last.
Despite countless surgeries and a grueling recovery, Alison set herself the goal of achieving a new dream: to one day climb Mount Kilimanjaro-and she reached the summit on her fortieth birthday. Gasping for air once again, she stood at the highest point in Africa, determined to never again take a single breath for granted. Perfect for readers who love spiritual authors traveling abroad, such as Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea), this memoir is an amazingly inspirational tale of how a life-changing accident transformed one woman's faith.
About the Author
Alison Wright is an award-winning photojournalist, who focuses her efforts on documenting endangered cultures and human rights issues. She is the author of three books of photography and has published articles in National Geographic, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many other publications.
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