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Rise: How a House Built a Family Hardcover – January 24, 2017
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“An inspiring memoir of absolute determination.” --Kirkus Reviews
"This rousing memoir beautifully illustrates how one family can look apprehension dead in the eye and scoff at it. For readers looking for inspiration to accomplish a daunting task, they need look no further than Brookins’ highly engaging and encouraging book." ―Booklist
"A tough, honest memoir. Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve her family experienced while putting a family back together again." ―Publishers Weekly
"Cara Brookins did something remarkable with her life: She turned trauma into power and fear into courage. She refused to be a victim anymore. In powerful ways, her extraordinary memoir, Rise, tells the story of her resurrection from victim of domestic abuse to bad-ass mom with a hammer and carpenter’s square. You will be enlightened. You will be inspired. You will cheer her on as she builds a new home and a new life for herself and her four children ― one brick at a time." ― John Grogan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me
"If Rise were a novel, the plot―woman escapes domestic violence to build her own house, assisted only by her children and YouTube videos―would seem impossibly far-fetched. But Cara Brookins actually lived this story, and reading her account of it slowly filled me to the brim with admiration, hope, and belief that a determined human can do practically anything. Rise is a compelling story, lovingly told, that will uplift and inspire readers whatever their circumstances." ― Martha Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star
"Sometimes the universe puts us in a bad place and dares us to fight our way out. Cara Brookins did just this. We should all be as strong as her. This book will provide the powerful imagery and guidance for a generation of people who need to change their lives." ― Tom Hart, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rosalie Lightning
"This inspiring real-life story that's all the more amazing because it's true. Readers will be both spellbound and lifted by it." --David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author
"Telling a story like Rise takes guts. It also takes talent, which Cara has in spades. To paraphrase Sondheim, she made a house, where there never was a house. And then she wrote this memorable book about it. Believe me, it's pretty rare for those skill sets to overlap." --Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of After I'm Gone
"Readers will be torn between believing Cara is a one-of-a-kind hero, and that anyone can be. At once heartbreaking and deeply inspiring, in Rise, Cara proves to herself, her children, and the rest of the world that strength comes from within and can be rebuilt, brick by brick. --Hilary Liftin, co-author of the New York Times bestseller sTORI Telling
"It has been a very long time since I have read a book as singular and as profoundly moving as Rise. Rise, by turns daunting and uplifting, gives new meaning to the concepts of heroism and sacrifice, and it is a remarkable construct in itself." --Les Standiford, author of Water to the Angels
"An uplifting story of resilience." --Real Simple Magazine
"Rise takes readers along on a transformative journey...all readers can find inspiration in Brookins’ endeavor." --BookPage
About the Author
CARA BROOKINS is a computer analyst and social media marketing expert based in Little Rock. She is the author of several middle grade and young adult novels. Rise is her debut memoir.
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However, the book also brought to mind many positive descriptors, including courage, uplifting, uniting, perseverance, survival, passion, compassion, sympathy, empathy, forgiveness, growth, family, freedom, vitality, and ultimately joy and happiness.
Cara and her children endured one of the most horrific stories of spousal abuse that I have read about. There were times when I questioned her actions. Perhaps it’s a gender difference. I would have put an end to the abuse early on, even if it entailed lethal action.
Ultimately, she reminded me of Rocky Balboa’s never quit determination in spite of incredible odds and seemingly impossible hurdles to overcome. Only her challenges stretched far beyond Rocky’s. I would be greatly surprised if a movie deal is not already in the works. This is a family story that needs to be told to bring awareness and the unending litany of spousal and child abuse. Her story will likely be inspirational to those still living a nightmare.
In closing, I say triple kudos to Cara and her kids. They have my sympathies and great admiration and my best wishes for good health, success in their endeavors, and thousands of joyful moments ahead.
This is not a superhero story. This is a true story of five real people, people with fears, insecurities, frailties and issues, people who took life as it came and found, day by day, that they had strength to endure much more than they bargained for. Whether you are male or female (I'm a man), this book will entertain and inspire you. But, as a father of two daughters, I really want my girls to read this book. You, my children, CAN do anything you put your mind to, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If Cara Brookins and her family could do what they did, you can do anything, too!
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