Breathe.

Breathe. A memoir.

ISBN-13: 978-1478146674 $15.00
(paperback)

ISBN-10: 1478146672
(e-book)

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Reviews:

““Breathe” is a journey through the shallow waters of relationships, the crashing waves of leading a double life and the black deeps of depression, loneliness and despair. As most memoirs do, this book exposes the roller coaster ride of her life — but unlike most, Jones keeps the names of the others involved to herself; it’s an expose, all right, but the skeletons in the closet belong to her alone.

This is a tale of despair and redemption, but if you’re expecting a fairy tale ending you’ll miss the point. When you’ve plumbed the absolute depths of what you are, and confronted what you find, you have two choices: you can embrace the safety of the deep or climb to the surface and … breathe.”

~Renee Struthers, East Oregonian

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Miss Jones is going to take you on a ride. Reminds me of Joseph Campbell’s description of the HERO’S JOURNEY. She will bring you into her ORDINARY WORLD, as a young girl with dreams of a swimming scholarship, a husband, a good job. THE CALL TO ADVENTURE when suddenly her world is turned upside down by mysterious dark and seductive characters. REFUSAL OF THE CALL living a false life trying to dull the pain and confusion as she hides beneath the waters, afraid of exposing her true self. MEETING WITH A MENTOR discovering secrets true and false, dark and light and finding tools that help her along her path. CROSSING THE THRESHOLD, diving deep into an exotic esoteric society. TESTS ALLIES AND ENEMIES, people once her friends turn on her, people unknown and mysterious come out to help her break from the group. APPROACH with a new love and the support of friends she embarks on her own journey traveling all over the world in search of life or death. THE ORDEAL, making the terrible decision to finally transform into her true self, and recreate her life, or finally let the demons overtake her spirit and end her life. THE REWARD, overcoming illusions, releasing the depth of the horror and pain she spent nearly a decade of her life holding in, like a long, long, breath. She exhales at last and begins to breathe on her own. THE ROAD BACK, starting a new life, with a new love, beginning the process of balance and support. Starting a new career as a writer. THE RESURRECTION, going through the process of piecing together her profound and traumatic experiences, terrified of telling her truth for fear of more backlash from the world she left behind, she confronts the past, weaves it in to the future and writes a book about her experiences. RETURN WITH THE ELIXER, She makes the decision to publish her very personal life story in hopes that it may heal and help those who have are still hiding under the water, waiting to breathe.
A surreal, poetic, sometimes graphic, sometimes funny book, that bring us closer to a true heroine, a solider of love.

~Kerri Sheragy
Business owner
Rainbow Life Healing

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Rae Jones, who is no relationship to me, delivers the story of her life (thus far) in a provocative, real & raw fashion. Yep, you want to read this book if you’ve ever identified with wearing masks to cover the wounds hidden in the depths, and who hasn’t?

~Mikaela Jones
Author of “Little Book of Light”

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All this takes bravery, honesty, perseverance AND FORGIVENESS. I COULD NOT PUT the book down and read it in one sitting. I truly admire Rae Jones for allowing us to be a part of her journey ! She is a true artist and is LOVE !!!

~Kali Kennison
The Hippie in Me

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It is not a typical memoir and left me wanting more. You captured the visuals of Portland with simplicity and clarity. When you describe your view of deities and great power I could feel light radiating from your words. Great work!

~Ellen Hawkins

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Rae does an amazing job of expunging her shames, her talents and accomplishments, her fears and experiences. This book reminds me that we are all subject to human condition, that lives are experienced in different ways, different perspectives, for each different person – and that we are all so very human.

~Kelly “Endi” Clark

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I’ve known Rae a long time. She’s one of the most amazing humans to walk the earth AND she is an amazing writer. Though there are areas in “Breathe” that I think could be flushed out a bit more, it is a fascinating, brave memoir that takes real guts to write. In doing so she gives us all the strength to be inspired to have hope that life is more than it’s pieces. It’s a journey, and even when the journey gets rough, the beauty is still seen clearly. Thanks!

~Dawn Zigzag Montefusco
Writer & Life Coach

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Breathe is a memoir that knocks the wind out of you.

Reeling from the poetry-infused sucker punches delivered by Rae Jones, the reader of this memoir is left gasping between the chapters, sucked down the windpipe of her life as we watch the power of breath sustain…and destroy.

~Caelan Huntress
Creative Digital Messaging

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Never in my life have I read a book like Breathe. The poetic structure, vivid descriptions and get-wrenching rawness of Rae Jones’ stories were oddly enticing and addicting. Her pain was so cleverly articulated, I secretly hoped she’d stay in the dark times forever!

~Erin Donley
Reveal What’s Real

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‘Breathtaking’ is what I first thought of Ms. Jones when I met her several years ago. Her book redefines that word entirely. Bold, complex, vulnerable and commanding is the way she struck me on our first meeting, and her personal story describes a woman who has earned every compliment and won my admiration. Her style is intimate and authentic, allowing you to feel the buzz inside your head as you near insanity, ecstasy, panic and bliss right along with her. A very tender story that is not intended for the timid, and told in an effective and unique style.

~Drew Garrettson
Actor

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I do know the author personally, but I didn’t know any of the story in Breathe. A Memoir. I didn’t know HER story. The book has sat on my shelf for 6 months because I was afraid to read it. I had no good reason based in logic or experience to feel like that but I felt trepidation regardless. Was I afraid it would be too real? Too raw? Not actually good at all? The excuse I kept giving was that I didn’t have the time to give it my full attention. Yesterday morning I lost my job- and with it my excuse.

I picked Breathe up yesterday afternoon and finished it today.

I am heartbroken and renewed and baptized in the waters of drowning sorrow and real, ugly, scorchingly beautiful freaking life. Secrets and lies and facades and breath and breathing. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

Rae’s raw meditation on 15 years of her life was necessary therapy for her AND for me. She pulls you in to her story to share and learn, not to pity or to conjure up some cheap shocks and thrills. Truth, Breathe is only one woman’s story, but while you read you know that in these moments, you share another human’s life, and for that connection we must be filled with gratitude. And breath.

~Bree Reese

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  4. I’ve known Amanda a long time. She’s one of the most amazing humans to walk the earth AND she is an amazing writer. Though there are areas in “Breathe” that I think could be flushed out a bit more, it is a fascinating, brave memoir that takes real guts to write. In doing so she gives us all the strength to be inspired to have hope that life is more than it’s pieces. It’s a journey, and even when the journey gets rough, the beauty is still seen clearly. Thanks Amanda!

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