Learning to Breathe

Learning to Breathe

One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival

Written by: Alison Wright

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440632853
  • 288 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


An extraordinary spiritual memoir about the will to survive . . . one breath at a time

While traveling in Laos on a winding mountain road, the bus that award-winning journalist Alison Wright was riding in collided with a logging truck. As she waited fourteen hours for proper medical care-in excruciating pain, certain she was moments from death-Alison drew upon years of meditation practice and concentrated on every breath as if it would be her last.

Despite countless surgeries and a grueling recovery, Alison set herself the goal of achieving a new dream: to one day climb Mount Kilimanjaro-and she reached the summit on her fortieth birthday. Gasping for air once again, she stood at the highest point in Africa, determined to never again take a single breath for granted. Perfect for readers who love spiritual authors traveling abroad, such as Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea), this memoir is an amazingly inspirational tale of how a life-changing accident transformed one woman’s faith.


“[A] profound writer… a true pilgrim…There is muscle and tears here, and the fiercest flame of inspiration.”
-Richard Gere