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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I pre-ordered this book and it came in the mail today. I sat and read the entire thing in one sitting, glued to her story. There are parts of this book that I simply couldn't read through without having to stop and wipe my eyes. I have to admit to openly crying when she talked about the difficult task of having to clean up her daughter's bedroom after she passed away. As a parent, her story is heart-wrenching and made me give each of my daughters an extra kiss tonight when I put them to bed. As a husband, the letters that she shared between her and Rick, her late-husband, have inspired me to have a greater appreciation for my wife. My wife's birthday is in the next week, and if I am successful at writing a letter half as great as the ones Rick wrote, my wife will be a happy woman.

This book hooked me from the beginning, and I literally couldn't put it down. It will inspire you to be a better parent, a better spouse, and a better person. It will help you to realize that some of the trivial problems we stress out about maybe aren't all that important in the long run. It will give you greater clarity and focus on living your life now, and appreciating the time you have with the ones you love. And more importantly, it will help you to handle the curve-balls that get sent your way. Abby was able to piece together her life and to find meaning moving forward. God has a plan for each of us. I'm glad to have been influenced by such a wonderful person.

After reading this book, I understand on a more personal level how Job must have felt. And I know what it meant to Job to have his friends sit in the ashes with him. I definitely grieved with Abby, before the book was written, and on just about every page I read. This book will impact me for the rest of my life.

A definite must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2011
This book is not just a weight loss story; it is a story of hope.

Abby's story of love, faith, and dedication is truly inspiring. Reading her story made me realize what is truly important in life -- happiness with oneself, family, and friends. Abby suffered great loss but chose to place her faith in God and now hopes to inspire others through her words. Her story will make you reflect on your own life's choices, hoping that you too are living in the best way possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2011
Working it Out is a love story, tragedy, inspiration and faith journey all written into this engaging book. Abby exposes her feelings, trials, and triumphs in a way that you will never forget. Her story will inspire anyone who reads the book - even if you have never heard of Abby from The Biggest Loser.

If you know someone who is navigating their way through personal adversity, buy them this book or audio.

David Cottrell, author of Monday Morning Leadership
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2011
This is a wonderfully powerful audiobook. Yes, the story tells of a terrible tragedy but it also reveals great resilience in the human spirit when it is grounded in a secure faith that offers hope.

The story starts with the tragedy that destroyed Abby's world as she knew it. Her loving husband, Rick, precocious and adorable six year old daughter, Macy, and her new born son, Caleb, are killed in an accident. It is stunning... how does a young woman go on after such shocking loss?

The story flashes back to describe Abby's life as a single mother before she meets Rick. The story then brings the reader along through the courtship, the wooing of Abby and Macy, their eventual marriage and team-ship. I really liked how the author presented a picture of her real life through recollections supported by the reading of cards, notes and journal entries. She reveals a love as it grows through romance, job struggles and adjustment to life as "Team Rike."

Abby shares the pain and beauty of the heartfelt memorial speeches presented by five students as well as the Pastor's eulogy at the funeral service. The Pastor tries to encourage Abby explaining that God loves Rick, Macy and Caleb and God loves Abby and will be there every step of the way to help her through.

Abby describes her feelings going from the top of the world with all her dreams on track to suddenly having all her dreams gone. She exposes her pain and depression as she questioned her purpose in life without the family that made her who she was: a wife and mother.

Abby moves forward with her experiences as part of the Biggest Loser cast in 2009 when she struggles to regain her sense of worth.. In the process she recognized that it is okay to accept help from others. It took the help of her family, friends and some tough coaching to get her on track but she pulled herself through. I appreciated the comments of Abby's father when he reminded her: "God and you equal a majority." As Abby concludes this book she encourages the reader to learn to appreciate the journey of life, even when it is hard.

This story flows with great depth and makes a truly wonderful audiobook. I was struck by how absolutely perfect the narrator was in presentation and then I realized that Abby is the narrator. It was no wonder you could hear the catching of her breath in pain and sorrow and the joy and triumph when she succeeds in her goals of physical and mental healing. I recommend this as an inspiring read for anyone - who among us can't use encouragement and hope as displayed by another person who has survived such tragedy?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
The book would have been much better if you could read the notes written by Abby and Rick to each other. I feel like I missed some of the best parts of the book by reading it on the Kindle and not being able to read the small print on the notes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
I know Abby and knew her husband Rick. This was a tough time for her to say the least and she has handled this with such inspiring strength. I hope those in need of the push to move past tragedy can benefit from her book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2012
The story of Abby Rike first caught my attention when I watched it unfold on the Biggest Loser television show. That was actually the first season that I watched the show, and Abby's story both broke my heart and inspired me. Her book was no different. I have to admit that by the end of chapter one I already had tears in my eyes, and by the end still more had been shed (and I think that my wife pretty much cried throughout the book!). Yet what I found to be a pleasant surprise about this book is that not only is Abby's story by itself an amazing journey to follow, but Abby is a phenomenal writer, someone who clearly has an excellent grasp of the English language and has the ability to provide an absolute page turner. Her recounting of her personal story is absolutely riveting - and you have to understand that I am not even someone who normally even enjoys autobiographies! If you are a reader like me, who normally prefers fiction, I urge you to try something different and get this book. Her story is not just one that breaks your heart, but is also one that is deeply inspiring as her faith in God lifts her out of her despair and sustains her in a manner that can only be described as miraculous. How can you read this book and not come away believing in God?

Written with tremendous skill, Working it Out is a powerfully moving read that is sure to linger with you long after you turn the last page. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Faithwords, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
This is one of the most inspiring books and life stories I have read in a long time. Abby shares her inner most thoughts and intimate details of how she is "Working it Out" after such a tragedy happened in her life. I had the opportunity to see Abby speak at a recent Women's Symposium and she was just as energetic, smiling, happy and intense as her book reveals. This is a MUST READ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
This woman's story will shred your heart and then piece it back together again. I first was introduced to her on The Biggest Loser, but her weight loss story is not what she's about. This woman loses her entire family in one second, including her 2-week old newborn. You will fall in love with Abby as she triumphs over adversity! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2011
In 2006, in the blink of an eye... Abby's world went from having a loving husband, a beautiful three year old daughter, and a sweet 18 day old son... to losing it all to a devastating accident that would drop the strongest person to their knees. For nearly three years Abby went through the motions of "life" in almost a robotic manner. Although family and friends, as well as a strong faith surrounded her, Abby still had a deeper need inside her that had her turn to food for comfort.

In 2009 as she began to see the shell of her life and knowing she wanted more... Abby went on the show The Biggest Loser. She turned her life around, lost 100 pounds, but gained a new freedom from food... and the return of a life that she had long forgotten.

I enjoy watching The Biggest Loser on TV. I watched the season that Abbie was in and when she told her story of the tragic loss my heart went out to her. (I am all too familiar with tragedy having lost my dad and sister to a house fire in 1980, and my mom and step dad to a head on collision that took both their lives as well as two others in 1996). I know what its like to hit rock bottom and even having to remind yourself to breathe.

If you watched this season on The Biggest Loser, you would have watched not only the miracle of the shows ways to give hope where people have none.... but you see Abby's faith blossom in God and in herself.

In this book you read about Abby's story starting with the accident... then back tracking to how she and Rick Rike met, the whirlwind romance, and the beginning of building a family together. Abby's story is well written, and bitter sweet. Included in this book are letters exchanged between Abby and Rick.

Abby's story really spoke to me. It is easy for any one of us to get caught under the weight of depression, and it is hard to make the moves to get back in the game. Abby does this with a faith that is impressive... and this book tells how she came to live again. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true stories of faith and hope, to anyone struggling under the weight of grief, to see that it is possible to move beyond the grief and reclaim their life.
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