Heart-breaking but Triumphant: My review of Working It Out by @AbbyRike @FaithWords

This book should be a must read. For everyone.

Read on for my review of Abby Rike's amazing book "Working it Out".

Working It out


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, her weight ballooned.

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. 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 100 pounds but gained hope.

Rike 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 Rike's resilience and positivity are a testament to the power and importance of faith in the darkest hours.


The story of Abby Rike first caught my attention when I watched it unfold on the Biggest Loser television show. That was actually the first season that I watched the show, and Abby's story both broke my heart and inspired me. Her book was no different. I have to admit that by the end of chapter one I already had tears in my eyes, and by the end still more had been shed (and I think that my wife pretty much cried throughout the book!). Yet what I found to be a pleasant surprise about this book is that not only is Abby's story by itself an amazing journey to follow, but Abby is a phenomenal writer, someone who clearly has an excellent grasp of the English language and has the ability to provide an absolute page turner. Her recounting of her personal story is absolutely riveting - and you have to understand that I am not even someone who normally even enjoys autobiographies! If you are a reader like me, who normally prefers fiction, I urge you to try something different and get this book. Her story is not just one that breaks your heart, but is also one that is deeply inspiring as her faith in God lifts her out of her despair and sustains her in a manner that can only be described as miraculous. How can you read this book and not come away believing in God? 

Written with tremendous skill, Working it Out is a powerfully moving read that is sure to linger with you long after you turn the last page. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Faithwords, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Check out Abby's website:

Abby Rike, Abby's Story

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