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Working It Out: A Journey of Love, Loss, and Hope Paperback – May 1, 2012

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"Abby Rike's story is not easy to wrap your mind around. She suffered a loss that seemed impossible to move forward from, but she has not only moved forward, she has thrived. She came to the ranch wanting to find her purpose, she now lives that truth and proves that you can too. After reading, WORKING IT OUT, I felt like I knew Abby's family and had walked those agonizing steps with her. I look at that smile that radiates from within her today and know that the transformation I was lucky enough to be a part of goes much deeper than her appearance."―Jillian Michaels, trainer for The Biggest Loser and author of Master Your Metabolism

"WORKING IT OUT is a powerful message of hope over despair - with a lot about weight loss to boot. Abby, a resilient woman who beautifully chronicles her climb up from the depths of despair, has a personal message for all who've let themselves go: 'the scary thing (was for me) to continue living out my days in the mindless, emotionless, purposeless state in which I'd been living. Some things are worse than death.'"―Dr. Rob Huizenga, Associate Professor of Medicine UCLA

"Deeply moving...yes. Inspirational...absolutely. Life changing...without a doubt. Abby Rike's story is birthed from the depths of human tragedy. But her hope and joy radiates in the midst of her tears and fears. After reading this beautifully visceral and compelling story, you will not be the same."―Jill Kelly, author of New York Times bestseller Without a Word

"WORKING IT OUT is no starry eyed Pollyanna faith story. This is real, raw and refreshingly hopeful all at once. I truly couldn't stop reading once I started. Abby Rike grabs you, invites you into her story and gives you hope that your story can end well too. Because Abby is uncompromisingly real with you, she gives you permission and even inspiration to get real with yourself, your issues, your disappointments and your potential. If you need someone to show you the powerful person who lives within you, then you need this book. You will not be disappointed!"―Jennifer Rothschild Author of Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself and Lessons Learned in the Dark: Steps to Walking by Faith Not by Sight

About the Author

Abby Rike was a high school drama teacher before the 2006 accident that changed her life. After losing her two children and husband in a tragic accident, Abby fell into a deep depression, resulting in a significant amount of weight gain. After a stint on The Biggest Loser, where she lost 100 pounds and gained a new perspective on life, Abby quit her teaching job and now travels around the country speaking full-time to a variety of different groups about her physical and emotional journey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044657502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446575027
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian A. Clark on April 19, 2011
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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