To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude

To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude

by Rachel Brathen


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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 #1 New York Times bestseller 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501163999
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 13,340
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Swedish native Rachel Brathen is a world-renowned yoga instructor who teaches workshops, leads yoga retreats, and gives lectures around the globe. Find her on Instagram @Yoga_Girl and online at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The End 1

Chapter 2 Awaken 15

Chapter 3 Practice 37

Chapter 4 Forgive 49

Chapter 5 Surrender 61

Chapter 6 Receive 75

Chapter 7 Listen 91

Chapter 8 Ground 99

Chapter 9 Move 113

Chapter 10 Process 141

Chapter 11 Release 157

Chapter 12 Believe 177

Chapter 13 Accept 187

Chapter 14 Pray 195

Chapter 15 Trust 217

Chapter 16 Breathe 225

Chapter 17 Feel 239

Chapter 18 Share 247

Chapter 19 Create 253

Chapter 20 Heal 261

Chapter 21 The Beginning 295

Epilogue 315

Acknowledgments 319

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To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WildFlowerBookBlogs 4 months ago
Utterly heartbreaking. Takes you to the brink than picks you up and shows you how to heal. 5/5 stars.
marina_delray 5 months ago
To me, this is a very special book. I have been following Rachel on Instagram for a while now and have always found her to be an incredible inspiration. Her life stories, her optimism, her raw vulnerability, and wisdom have helped me cope with my own life's ups and downs. This book is about death and life, light and darkness, grief and joy and other polarities of this mystical fabric of reality. I have always been fascinated (or mortified) with the mystery of death and been on the journey of self-discovery and healing traumatic childhood memories. I cried reading this book, connecting, relating, sympathizing, grieving and having my own realizations about death, about life... This book gave me hope and motivation to continue my journey and to not be afraid. THANK YOU!!