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Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival by [Wright, Alison]
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a[A] profound writera] a true pilgrima]There is muscle and tears here, and the fiercest flame of inspiration.a
aRichard Gere

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

About the Author

Alison Wright is an award-winning photo-journalist, who focuses her efforts on documenting endangered cultures and human rights issues. She is the author of three books of photography and has published articles in National Geographic, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine and many other publications.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3774 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (14 Aug. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001DU5JX4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,055,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I too like another reviewer that there's small errors in the geography and the English spelling but I was so immersed in the story that I've overlooked them and just really enjoyed the book. Alison I forgive you after all you've been through. I hope you are still experiencing all that the world has to offer and my good wishes go to you.
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So inspiring and powerful.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94e6e7f8) out of 5 stars 55 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94e76600) out of 5 stars Powerful and Inspiring! 26 Oct. 2008
By W.H. McDonald Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Author Alison Wright's book "Learning to Breathe: One Women's Journey of Spirit and Survival" is more than just a personal story - it speaks of the greater self and our ability to find courage and power within. I was truly touched by reading her inspiring story. She takes what happens to her and moves past the pains and the potential hardships and learns something much greater about her own self.

The reader is taken along on this spiritual journey of discovery. Alison is able to communicate her experiences not only in the physical sense of what was happening but also from a point of view that allows the reader to fully sense what she was feeling and thinking. The real story is her inner journey and that is what makes her work so much more powerful.

I bought this book for my older sister to read as a birthday gift and will gift other women in my life with copies as well. I feel that women need to see and read about strong courageous women; and to me, Alison Wright truly represents what a true hero is. She faced her pain and fears and through her will power and determination she met her future dreams with success.

This book is both inspirational and entertaining and will be hard to put down. I read it though in one sitting because I wanted to know the full story and how she came out. The book earns The American Authors Association's highest book rating of FIVE STARS. This book also gets my personal endorsement and fullest recommendations. This book is no doubt one of the top 10 best inspirational books of the last decade.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94e76750) out of 5 stars Fact checking 1 Jun. 2009
By asriversflow - Published on Amazon.com
I was excited to read this book, having an interest both in adventurous women and Buddhism, however, I have to agree with Publishers Weekly that harder editing would have helped.
I was surprised to read that, during Wright's visit to Wat Pa Ban Tat monastery in Thailand described on pages 93-4, a Thai monk would call Wright a 'bodhisattva.' Thai monks belong to the Theravada tradition that uses the term `bodhisattva' to refer only to the past lives of the Buddha, such as those recounted in the Jataka tales. This is a major distinciton between the Theravada and Mahayana traditions. In the Tibetan Mahahyana tradition, however, that Wright is familiar with, both monastics and lay practitioners are referred to as `bodhisattvas' once they have taken vows to deliver all beings.
Another instance that surprised me occurs on page 209. Wright throws out, "Next stop Uganda, to white-water raft the Zambezi River, in hair-raising class five rapids." The Zambezi certainly doesn't flow anywhere near Uganda. It rises in Zambia about 690 miles southwest of Uganda, and flows south through Angola and Zambia to the border with Zimbabwe, and then east to Mozambique and finally to the Indian Ocean.
Wright is a gifted photgrapher dedicated to humanitarian issues. Her story of determination and courage deserved better editing in general. It is often presented in a style that seemed like a rush from here to there in the pursuit of physical recovery. I wished for more of her insights and development as a Buddhist practitioner, especially on her development of lovingkindness on the path of a bodhisattva.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x961b57b0) out of 5 stars Could have been so much better! 15 Aug. 2009
By Carol J. Horky - Published on Amazon.com
This inspiring memoir could have been so much better if the author or her editor knew how to spell, knew the difference between too and two; knew the difference between whose and who's, the difference between better and best, etc. Strange also was her description -- in the third-to-last page of the book -- of finally learning about the death of Alan Guy. And then five pages later, in her Acknowledgments, writing: (Alan, please call me. I still owe you a beer.) Sloppy stories, incorrect geography, incomplete references. Her story of physical survival deserves better.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95616ec4) out of 5 stars Never give up! 20 Sept. 2008
By Kenneth W. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Learning to Breathe" is a memoir by San Francisco-based photojournalist Alison Wright who flat-lined while on the operating table following a horrendous bus crash in Laos. Her doctors told her she should be dead, would never walk normally again, and recommended she put away her cameras and do something else with her life. Ms. Wright responded by climbing Africa's tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and publishing several photo books.

At one point, Ms Wright recalls someone asking, "What are you willing to give up to find what you are looking for?"

What indeed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94e76b28) out of 5 stars Survival by meditation 22 Jun. 2011
By Shanti - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm glad I read this book. It's not what I thought it would be about but I'm glad I read it. This woman's amazing recovery is inspirational for anyone needing hope in times of great difficulty.
Having said that I was waiting for a bit more philosophical perspective and a little less self-promotion. This story is tragic and I don't discredit that by any means. My feeling is that as a reader I was looking for more spirituality on the journey. Sometimes the book feels like a "look what I've done" and less a story of where she is going.
I applaud Alison's courage, determination and hope. And I am impressed that her meditation practice helped her to live, for without that she would not have survived at all.
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