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Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival Hardcover – August 14, 2008
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Photojournalist Wright has gone to the ends of the earth, including some mountaintops, in a career that has documented the human wonders of the world, especially resilient children and endangered cultures. In this memoir she turns her lens on herself and her own astonishing story. The victim of a horrific bus crash in Laos in 2000, Wright should have died of her grievous injuries. She survived, and in this book retraces the steps of her journey of physical recovery, spiritual development and literal return to the scene of the crash. An Asia enthusiast, the author was led by work and temperament to Buddhism and some of Asia's most compelling Buddhist figures, including Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama, who contributes a foreword. Wright's editors owe this tale of courage and gratitude more respect in the form of harder editing. The author's spiritual insights are fascinating and should have been teased out more. A chapter set in Australia is an interesting but irrelevant sideshow, and chronology is occasionally confusing. This inspiring story deserves a wide audience and better editing. (Aug. 14) ""
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"[A] profound writer... a true pilgrim...There is muscle and tears here, and the fiercest flame of inspiration."—Richard Gere
“Photojournalist Wright has gone to the ends of the earth, including some mountaintops, in a career that has documented the human wonders of the world, especially resilient children and endangered cultures. In this memoir she turns her lens on herself and her own astonishing story… The author's spiritual insights are fascinating.”—Publishers Weekly
“Wright's seize-the-day attitude and fierce determination to reach the summit will spur you to hurdle whatever obstacles might lie in your path.”—Self
“Alison’s story makes clear that if you have courage you can achieve what others consider to be impossible.”—From the Foreword by the Dalai Lama --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Miss Wright’s story is not just of near tragedy, but one that takes the reader into the world of Photo Journalism. A world that comes with great adventure, challenges, and rewards from helping people a cross the world…
Alison Wright is a true inspiration to all that follow her in all of her works. The world is a much better place with her in it and we should all feel fortunate that her passion carries on…
One can only hope that more literary works from her career are being planned. There is much to share and I know this reader looks forward to it...
Author, Alison Wright, details her journey from near death to recovery and how she achieved that through a combination of inner spiritual strength and a vast support network that included family, friends and and the compassion of strangers.
If you want your spirits lifted, if you want to have your faith in humankind rekindled - this is a must-read.
Set your mind and soul back to its factory-defaults.