From debut author Amanda Stephens comes a powerfully poetic memoir that explores the painful shock and wondrous awe of learning to live beyond unexpected sorrow. This deeply heartfelt story records an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of love, loss and faith.
The week Dustin died was the most devastating and glorious week of my life. I don't know how else to describe it...
On a lazy Saturday in autumn, a vintage bicycle was rescued from the cobwebs and adopted by an eager young couple with plans of romantic, post-restoration rides and life adventures. Mere months later, tragedy took the life of the husband days after their first anniversary, leaving the bike and anticipated future in pieces. The twenty-seven-year-old newlywed faced the harsh reality of a world without her husband, void of dreams yet still with the promise of hope.
Your soul will FEAST...
"The way Amanda blends her words and stories is like the unfolding of ingredients in a rich, culinary experience. Your soul will FEAST. She’s gutsy, real, and no matter which loss of your own you bring with you as you approach this book, you will find a gentle 'me too' in the text, those two words we all long to hear."
- Courtney Strong, Author
Humanity, subtle humor, and lyricism draw the reader in...
"Stephens writes in textured, nuanced prose reminiscent of Joan Didion, and no matter how weighty her subject matter, the author’s humanity, subtle humor, and lyricism draw the reader in. Learning to Ride Again is an invitation to all readers—young, old, male, female—to this intimate narrative. Yes, life is about ardor, but it is also about bereavement. Stephens shows us in this excellent memoir how the heart can stretch even when traveling through ultimate loss."
–Stephanie Dickinson, Author and Poet
About the Author
Amanda Stephens grew up in South Texas and though a world traveler, keeps Texas her home. As a young girl, she wrote to pen imaginary stories and dreams. As a woman, she writes to tell her own and offer hope from a place of personal healing. She currently resides in Salado.
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