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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Edwards Narrator: Elizabeth Edwards Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780307577207
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Elizabeth Edwards is one of the most beloved political figures in the country and, on the surface, seems to have led a charmed life. In many ways, she has. Beautiful family. Thriving career. Supportive friendship. Loving marriage. But she’s no stranger to adversity.

Many know of the strength she had shown after her son, Wade, was killed in a freak car accident when he was only sixteen years old. She would exhibit this remarkable grace and courage again when the very private matter of her husband’s infidelity became public fodder. And her own life has been on the line. Days before the 2004 presidential election—when her husband John was running for vice president—she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After rounds of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation the cancer went away—only to reoccur in 2007.

While on the campaign trail, Elizabeth met many others who have had to contend with serious adversity in their lives, and in Resilience, she draws on their experiences as well as her own, crafting an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on the gifts we can find among life’s biggest challenges. This short, powerful, pocket-sized inspirational book makes an ideal gift for anyone dealing with difficulties in their life who can find peace in knowing they are not alone and the promise that things can get better.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Short but surprisingly deep…It's a small book but a powerful one. And when you finish it you have not just a deeper understanding of Elizabeth Edwards but also a better appreciation for the strength of will it can take to survive. Los Angeles Times
  • RIO Award of Excellence

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 2/17/2014

    " While this was a touching book. It wasn't extremely smooth to read and I didn't find myself hooked to the book. A short read that was ok, but not great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/14/2014

    " Loved her writing, but I liked her first book much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 2/13/2014

    " Found it to be very depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Dunnavant | 2/12/2014

    " Elizabeth Edwards was a remarkable woman and she shares her heart in this book. I enjoyed learning how she approached adversity and how she rose above negative things that happened in her life. She was very wise. The book suffers a bit from disorganization - sometimes she repeats things and rambles. Overall, well worth reading, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/28/2014

    " Edwards (husband ran for president), had cancer during campaign. Encouragement to go through difficult circumstances. I guess I'm not big on name-dropping political memoirs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/26/2014

    " wish I had read this book when she was alive. Strong character "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Lieberman | 1/23/2014

    " I got about 80 pages in and it wasn't holding my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Serina | 1/17/2014

    " I am still haven't finished this book but up till now not at impressed, it is a bit gloomy and depressing and i dont like its style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 1/6/2014

    " Elizabeth Edwards was a class act. As she told her story, there were many times I thought "no WAY could I handle that so gracefully!" This is a message in memoir form of courage and perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/19/2013

    " A perfect book for this time in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 11/6/2013

    " Not one but THREE devastating experiences, any one of which I would have crumbled under! A woman to be admired, one with true grace. I love the title of the book and use it as my motto. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 11/2/2013

    " Elizabeth Edwards is the picture of grace and amazing intellect. True portrait of a mother's love and candid look at grief. This was written before some of the serious scandals of her husband's affair were revealed... only that he had an affair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi Kerins | 4/24/2013

    " I found it well written and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/20/2012

    " Elizabeth Edwards was one classy dame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanmal | 4/19/2012

    " Loved her optimistic outlook. A good quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debebete | 5/15/2011

    " This is truely an amazing woman. And to think she could write two books while facing everything she was facing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/14/2011

    " I admired how Elizabeth never gave in to adversity despite the major setbacks in her life from death of a beloved son, husband's adultery, and her own cancer illness "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/13/2011

    " I wanted to like this book, but I struggled. The truth doesn't seem to be reflected. It seems as though she wanted to write a book but didn't want us to see everything. In my opinion it felt incomplete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 4/30/2011

    " This is truly her story, and it is remarkable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/28/2011

    " I had a lot of transference in this book that lead me to be annoyed by Elizabeth. Due to this negative transference I am going to yield my opionon for it is jaded. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 4/17/2011

    " kind of depressing. Some good insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 4/4/2011

    " I read this book as a tribute to Elizabeth Edwards. I thought is was a sad book as she looked back on her life and prepared herself for her death. I admired Elizabeth. She was a strong woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 4/2/2011

    " Not one but THREE devastating experiences, any one of which I would have crumbled under! A woman to be admired, one with true grace. I love the title of the book and use it as my motto. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/24/2011

    " While I didn't agree with her politics, I think Elizabeth Edwards was a phenominal woman! She embodies so much strength and character. Someone I look up to for sure. A great inspirational and positive book, although at times very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/20/2011

    " I think she was an amazing lady and I think even more of her after reading the book. She really went through what most of us would consider the ultimate trials in life and she did it with dignity. The book was very inspiring to me. "

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About the Author
Elizabeth Edwards is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Saving Graces. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and their two youngest children.