Jun 24, 2011

Working it Out by Abby Rike

In 2006, Abby Rike lost the life she knew and loved when her husband and two young children were killed in a car accident. Devastated and numb, she shut down. For nearly three years she walked through life like a spectre, present in body only. As she descended, so did her health.

Fortunately, Abby was not alone. She had loving parents, supportive friends, and a faith that continued to sustain her. Little by little she found the courage to return to life. Joining The Biggest Loser proved a catalyst for the physical and emotional changes she needed to make. In fact, against all odds Abby gained strength, courage, wisdom, and continued her steadfast relationship with God. Instead of anger, she found herself slowly but steadily healing. She lost a hundred pounds but gained hope.

In this riveting book, Abby tells her story--from her joyous life before the accident to the unbearable pain that followed it and her eventual emergence as a woman reinvigorated by her faith in God. Today Abby's resilience and positivity are a testament to the power and importance of faith in the darkest hours.


Abby Rike was a high school drama teacher before the 2006 accident that changed her life. After losing her two children and husband in a tragic accident, Abby journeyed through the trials of grief, and ultimately decided she needed a life change. After a stint on The Biggest Loser, where she lost 100 pounds and gained a new perspective on life, Abby quit her teaching job and now travels around the country speaking full-time to a variety of different groups about her physical and emotional journey.

Visit the author's website at http://www.abbyrike.com/


Abby Rike's story is filled with unbelievable pain and anguish, yet it is also full of hope and courage.  She suffered what must be the worst loss imaginable when her husband and children died in a tragic traffic accident.

Abby was able to pull herself through the dark days by clinging to her good memories of the life they shared as a family.  Her faith and determination to carry on, in spite of her pain, is a true inspiration.

I must admit that there were times in the first few chapters of the book that I found it difficult to continue.  It was hard to relate to the continuous love letters and stories of the perfect marriage, perfect husband, perfect children and absolutely perfect life. But then it finally made sense.  Maybe focusing on the wonderful times was one way that helped Abby to cope with the anguish after that fateful day.

Abby went on to be a contestant in The Biggest Loser television series, and she honestly and transparently shares her weight loss journey.

My favourite part of this audio book was the bonus PDF file that included many color photos of the Rike family, as well as many of the students and staff that became a vital part of Abby's story. Even though extremely heart-wrenching at times, this story offers hope and healing to others going through difficult times.

Disclosure: I received an audio book copy of Working it Out courtesy of Hachette Books in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Abby's story is remarkable. Thanks for sharing your review.