There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing--A Memoir
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About the Author
Ruthie Lindsey is a Nashville-based speaker, cohost of the Unspoken podcast, and prominent social-media figure whose work has been featured in Darling Magazine, The Great Discontent, Better Homes & Gardens, and many others. Speaking alongside renowned activists and writers such as Brené Brown, Glennon Doyle, and Sophia Bush, she challenges audiences to seek joy and find the healing that is inside of all of us.
--Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising
"Ruthie has polished and shined and chiseled her great big life into this precious jewel for us . . . Reading her phenomenal memoir is like going on a walk with a best friend and listening to a life-changing speech at the same time: it's equal parts familiar and profound, warm and insightful, comforting and challenging, relatable and unlike anything you've read before."
--Mari Andrew, New York Times bestselling author of Am I There Yet?
"This book is an incredible gift. One of the most moving life stories I've ever read. Or heard of. It has reframed how I see pain, death, and the whole experience of life. I immediately put it up there with the great memoirs, The Glass Castle, Wild, and Educated."
--Jedidiah Jenkins, New York Times bestselling author of To Shake the Sleeping Self
"Consistently readable and inspirational, Lindsey keeps readers in suspense about whether she will be able to fully enjoy her life. At the end, the author addresses readers directly and asks them to focus on healing what is broken in their own lives. Illness memoirs from noncelebrities often get lost in the stacks. This one deserves greater attention."
"Compelling . . . with vibrant prose and candor . . . A harrowing and inspiring tale."
"Riveting . . . Lindsey's prose flows fluidly, and readers will be arrested by her descriptions of dealing with grief and the nature of love . . . This inspiring story of a young woman's personal battle serves as a reminder of human resilience and hope."
"It's moving, heartfelt, and truly inspiring."
--Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things
"Ruthie is a gifted storyteller with the unique ability to make you feel her emotions as if they're your own. Her book is somehow both bold and tender and utterly, truthfully, authentically her. She doesn't hide from heartbreak or fail to experience the fullness of all the beauty life can hold."
--Rachel Hollis, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing
"[An] unvarnished look at possibility from an earnest and open-hearted writer."
--Garden & Gun
"Lindsey has a lesson for all of us about how easy it is to sleepwalk through the best parts of life . . .There I Am is more than a story of recovery. It is a journey towards truth, the kind that will not collapse under suffering or discourage the pursuit of joy."