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Just Three Words: Athlete, Mother, Survivor, How One Brave Woman Against All Odds Wins the Race of Her Life Hardcover – March 21, 2016

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The most powerful Olympic stories are those of athletes who have faced genuine adversity in their lives and not only persevered but somehow thrived. Karen Newman's journey is as inspiring and compelling as any Olympic athlete I've ever seen. She is grace and grit personified and whether you're a world class athlete, a weekend warrior or just want to be moved, you'll want to read her story. ~ Jim Bell: Executive Producer, NBC Olympics

Karen Newman’s life, as described in this compelling book, serves as an inspiration for families and patients but also for the doctors and researchers working to overcome cancer. Just Three Words demonstrates healing on multiple levels, and Karen as a heroic participant. ~ Dr. Clifford Hudis, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Chief of the Breast Medicine Service, past President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Just Three Words by Karen Newman is an uncommonly honest, heartfelt and beautiful true story of forgiveness, hope and healing that inspires and touches the reader's heart in a powerful, life-changing way. Just three words: Buy this book! ~ Kathryn Slattery: Contributing Editor, Guideposts, and Author, If I Could Ask God Anything, and My Friend Jesus

Karen's story is a gold medal win for the eating disorder community! What a gift to find an athlete whose transparency and vulnerability will, no doubt, impact anyone struggling with the demons of anorexia, bulimia and body dysmorphia. Just Three Words encourages readers to break the bondage of shame in a relatable and approachable fashion. Readers will find that Karen's life truly exemplifies the Biblical command to 'run with endurance.' ~ Alice H. Churnock, MA: Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, ReVive Program

Just Three Words takes readers on a shocking, courageous and personal journey with riveting details, buckets of tears and a champion’s willpower. Karen Newman eloquently describes how she overcame insurmountable challenges to become a sought-after inspirational speaker and one of the world’s top-ranked triathletes. Readers will come away inspired to fight their own battles with God’s grace and an indomitable spirit. A treasure to read cover to cover. ~ Tom Renner: Senior Writer, Daily Voice

Karen’s is a journey of triumph in the fullest sense of the word. She has a unique story and sense of purpose, and has already been an inspiration to many. Just Three Words will take it to the masses who need to be encouraged by this extraordinary tale of hope. ~ Yonni Wattenmaker: Executive Director, Breast Cancer Alliance

Just Three Words demonstrates Karen Newman's spirit and resiliency through stories that will make readers laugh and cry. Karen's testimony provides hope to those who are looking for a true beacon of light to get through the dark times. Her strong faith, personal reflections, and a commitment to persevere over despair, give others an insightful roadmap for taking control of their lives. ~ Tim Yount: Chief Operating Officer, USA Triathlon

Just three words: Can’t. Stop. Reading. 
Just Three Words tells a compelling tale of strength and survival from both youthful and adult perspectives, weaving a relatable account of self-forgiveness and self-compassion, which are much needed today. We all struggle with inner demons―both past and present―but with grace and humor, Karen Newman helps us see them in a new light; a light of hope and healing. Poignant and precious, Just Three Words, contains a message of inspiration that spans generations―so buy one for yourself and one for your teenager. ~ Paula Prentis, LMSW: Author, Speaker, Co-founder of YourSelfSeries.com

As a breast cancer survivor, I am moved and inspired by Just Three Words. Karen Newman's remarkable journey, courageously facing multiple challenges all at once, speaks volumes to all who are overwhelmed and exhausted in their own lives. On every page, Karen's growing faith, positive attitude, and resilience is present in overcoming the unspeakable. Just Three Words gives the reader a personal glimpse into the life of a deeply genuine mentor, doer, and believer. ~ Ann Louden: Ten year chair, TCU Frogs for the Cure in partnership with Susan G. Komen

Karen's personal story is intimate and riveting. Over the last decade, I competed with Karen at triathlons as her story was unfolding. I witnessed her grace as she exalted in “just finishing,” in races where she had excelled in the past. She has exhibited a joyful demeanor and patience through the years which has led to her victorious outcome. Just Three Words is her amazing story to share with the world.
~Donna Smyers: Physical Therapist and six-time Iron Man Triathlon Age-Group World Champion

Karen's profound story will inspire you to live boldly, love fiercely, and walk humbly with God through all of life's valleys and mountaintops. Contagious hope is woven throughout each page. ~ Jeannie Cunnion: Author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child.

Having personally witnessed the power of Karen's unvarnished faith in the face of her very worst fears and struggles, I can assure you that what you read in these pages is authentic, genuine and saccharine-free. Her unflinching honesty about her trials and weaknesses only serves to magnify her remarkable courage, confidence and sheer determination to rise to the highest levels in athletics and in life. Just Three Words is a shining example of how God’s power has worked through one humble woman to accomplish the nearly-impossible. Many have looked to Karen for encouragement in their own struggles―as well they should―and this book will serve to uplift thousands or millions more. ~ The Rev’d Hillary R. Bercovici, Ph.D: Episcopal Priest & Senior Fellow, Trinity Institute for Spiritual Formation, Greenwich, CT

Just Three Words is a book you will not be able to put down until you, too, cross the finish line with the author. ~ John Stetson, MD: Orthopedic Surgeon

Karen's infectious enthusiasm, energy and resolve have not only driven her to compete and produce results, but have provided her with something much more durable and influential―a voice. Her unique blend of compassion and veracity are both refreshing and gripping. This dynamic story is sure to inspire. ~ Adam Avery: pastor, Church of the Well; Burlington, VT

Just Three Words is a magnificent story of how God ultimately uses everything for good. (Romans 8:28) With unfiltered transparency, Karen Newman courageously pours out her life’s triumphs and travails, then takes us on a sweeping journey of upliftment. You will find hope and healing as God feeds your soul in Just Three Words. ~ Susan Stuart: Westport CBS Teaching Director

Karen's story holds out the gift of true friendship to any of us who have struggled with the hiddenness of God in our pain or the agony of watching a loved one suffer. It is also an inspiring testimony to the love and healing of the one who promises never to leave us or forsake us. ~ Reverend Drew Williams Senior Pastor Trinity Church

Karen Newman's truly amazing journey of perseverance and inspiration to others, along with her athletic skills, earned her recognition by the National Senior Games Association as one of our 2014 "Personal Best" athletes. The program seeks to use real life examples to motivate everyone to pursue active, healthy lifestyles. Karen is always encouraging others and is a great ambassador for the senior games movement. We look forward to having her compete in our games for many years to come. ~ Marc T. Riker, CEO, National Senior Games Association

Karen Newman is a champion in every sense of the word. With sheer will and determination, she has overcome. More than overcome, she has thrived. We could all take a page out of her book and be better off for it. ~ Kyle M. Case: Huntsman World Senior Games, CEO

I have known Karen for 20 years as a devoted mother and friend. Her strength and ability to overcome any obstacle, especially the race of her life, is remarkable. She is truly an inspiration to all, and the world is a better place because of her.~ Margaret C. Cianci, Executive Director, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy

 

(Beaufort Books)

About the Author

Karen Newman is an inspirational speaker, world record-breaking triathlete and survivor of two life-threatening diseases. Karen has been featured in numerous publications and shows, and has lectured all over the country. She has also received many awards, such as the Connecticut Sportswriter’s Association’s “Courage Award,” and American Cancer Society’s “Determination Champion” for her tireless charitable efforts.

Karen is a seven-time All-American triathlete and was the 2012 Silver Medalist and top American finisher at the Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, NZ. She followed in 2013 as a gold medalist for the United States in both triathlon and the 5k road race at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, OH, and then repeated with golds in both events at the Huntsman World Senior Games, while breaking the world record in the women’s triathlon there.

As a triathlon coach and Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition, Karen has had a long career educating and encouraging people in health and nutrition, as well as on the track. A University of Vermont alumnae, she married her college sweetheart, Peter, and together they have three amazing boys—Stetson, Chase, and Trent—who inspired her to survive and thrive. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books (March 21, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825307791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825307799
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book in a matter of hours - could not put it down....I had been anxiously anticipating it for some time. Karen is an inspiration on so many levels and is one of the strongest people I know - yes I know her personally. She has a beauty both internal and external that shines on everyone with whom she comes in contact. Her story shows that nothing is insurmountable and she continues to inspire as she moves forward with telling her story and competing in triathlons. One cannot come away from reading this book without having it positively touch you.
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A compelling story about one woman's fight for survival in the midst of her fight to win the world triathlon championships. Traveling back and forth through time, Newman shares a riveting story facing down the demons that haunt all of us just below the happy, shiny surface of our gold medals.
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Just Three Words was an extraordinary experience; an inspiring and exciting story to read, Karen's writing style that had me turning the page with anticipation, looking forward to seeing what the next chapter held and how God might continue to grow and use her.
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Karen leaves no detail out in a humbling honest look at her challenging life. Although she has many blessings, she certainly faced numerous obstacles with bullying, eating disorders, dyslexia, and cancer. The book also serves as an education on breast cancer treatment. I had no idea how traumatic and invasive the life saving treatments were! My heart aches for the survivors and brave patients who confront this demon, and for the many more who will be diagnosed. Thank you for a glimpse into an extraordinary open and fearless life. She is truly a champion. I loved the book and could not put it down.
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This is a compelling, can't put it down, read. An inspirational story told by a wonderful storyteller about how God works in her life to bring happiness and health, physically, mentally, and spiritually. As Karen learns more about herself she is eager to be a positive influence to others by sharing her love of God, family and friends. This book will make you cry, smile and have warm fuzzies. Thank you, Karen.
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This raw, brave story parallels the author's intense fights to achieve major athletic victories, battle life-threatening disease, and overcome deeply personal battles, including finding the will to live fully and authentically through life's potentially crushing waves. The author honestly shares painful struggles relatable to many, from bullying, a reading disorder, perfectionism, eating disorders, overwhelming and relapsing addiction, sexual assault, partner abuse, and professional and relationship sacrifices and struggles, as well as aggressive illness with pain, uncertainty, and complications. Through gritty, growing, and sometimes end-of-the rope faith and determination, and the surprising interventions of others and a God who turns out to be very different than expected, she fights tremendous challenges, including personal demons and masks that arise from doubt, fear, and inner shame. I could not put the book down until I was finished, with my teen daughter reading over my shoulder. This is a great read for launching meaningful thought and discussion about accepting both our gifts and challenges in life, while living connected with others and God in honesty, love, and faith.
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Wonderful account of God's provision and healing, spiritually and physically, in Karen's life. All the pain and destruction to her body and psyche was made into something beautiful - all for God's glory! Each chapter left you wanting to know more.
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A Must Read. This was the most Vulnerable and Honest book i have ever read..a true act of Bravery! Newman is a warrior who's struggles are real but this is a story of overcoming odds, perseverance, grit, unimaginable strength of character and Faith. Its beautifully written and an absolute page turner. ..Could not put it down. Newman encounters Miracles because she asks for them and desperately needs them but most of all when they do come she is willing to see them and willing to be astounded by the love she that surrounds her. Newman sugar coats nothing...the good ,the bad and the down right.. not so pretty, but what emerges is a PURE Beauty. Newman is an inspiration..and her story in Universally Human. Get this book!
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