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To Love and Let Go

Narrated by: Rachel Brathen
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
5 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

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“Rachel beautifully illustrates that loving fiercely and grieving deeply are often two halves of the same whole. Her story will break you down and lift you up.” (Glennon Doyle, author of the number one New York Times best seller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising)

While on her way to teach a yoga retreat in March 2014, Rachel Brathen collapses at an airport, brought to her knees by excruciating stomach pains. She is rushed to the hospital on the tiny island of Bonaire and hours later forced to undergo surgery. When she wakes up from anesthesia, her boyfriend is weeping at her bedside. While Rachel was struck down with seemingly mysterious pain, her best friend, Andrea, sustained fatal injuries as a result of a car accident. Rachel and Andrea had a magical friendship. Though they looked nothing alike - one girl tall, blond, and Swedish, the other short, brunette, and Colombian - everyone called them gemelas: twins.

Over the three years following Andrea’s death, at what might appear from the outside to be the happiest time - with her engagement to the man she loves and a blossoming career that takes her all over the world - Rachel faces a series of trials that have the potential to define her life. Unresolved grief and trauma from her childhood make the weight of her sadness unbearable. At each turn, she is confronted again and again with a choice: Will she lose it all, succumb to grief, and grasp for control that’s beyond her reach? Or can she move through the loss and let go?

When Rachel and her husband conceive a child, pregnancy becomes a time to heal and an opportunity to be reborn herself. As she recounts this transformative period, Rachel shares her hard-won wisdom about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and how to become someone who walks through the fire of adversity with the never-ending practice of loving hard and letting go.  

©2019 Rachel Brathen (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Thank you for helping me come back to me

For the past couple of months, I've slowly lost my enthusiasm for pretty much all of the things that brought me butterflies, which was such a sad realization to come to. Reading this book reminded in certain ways of how I used to be, adventurous and optimistic. It made me realize that we don't need to let our hardships or fear stray us away from who we are and that it's ok to take all the time necessary to heal ourselves and our past and still be able to manifest our dream life!

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Beautiful

Perfect story, perfect narration. I felt so much sadness and pain and Love and I feel like I healed parts of me through experiencing this wonderful story.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

Thank you Rachel for sharing your heart in these pages.

I absolutely recommend this book and can’t wait to listen/read again.

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Haunting and truthful

Rachel bares her soul to the world in this piece. Her loving, letting go, and writing so beautifully about it touched me deeply.

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Full of Love and Truth

I have been listening to the Yoga Girl podcast since it started. That was my introduction to Yoga Girl. It made me fall in love with hearing Rachel speak from the heart, sharing her wisdom and story. I was blown away by this book. It's bursting with love and truth with life lessons and deep wisdom woven through every line, every word. I amazed by Rachel's strength and perseverance and the courage to share it all. Thank you Rachel for letting us dive deeper into your story of who you are and where you come from.

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To Love and Let Go

Rachel did an amazing job with the rawness of each chapter built by every emotion we feel from loss, pain and happiness. Thank you for your honesty to share your life changing story with the world. It has inspired me to love and let go from my dogs passing and within myself. Highly recommend this book and her first book.

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Heartbreakingly Beautiful

From the start this book is so honest and real. Rachel shines the light on her life, and her journey of learning to let go of some things from her past to move forward. It was so beautifully written, and read! I will recommend it to many people, especially if you are on a journey of finding something or letting go of it.

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Absolutely the most heart felt book

the most heart felt text i have ever encountered. Do yourself some selfcare today and listen to this story.

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Heart shifting

I absolutely loved it! I want to share it with all my loved ones! love!

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So truthful

Rachael is pure magic. She tells her story with only true love and intention. So pure. Her story is one that will reach many hearts and make them feel as though they are not alone. This story created softness in my heart and mind while going through a hard time. Thank you Rachael for being you and for showing up in so many ways for so many people.