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RISE: How A House Built A Family

After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible.

Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan, a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children.

It would be the hardest thing she had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for their two story, five bedroom house. She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family.


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“Cara slowly filled me to the brim with admiration, hope, and belief that a determined human can do practically anything.”

~ Martha Beck, O Magazine Columnist and New York Times bestselling author

“Rise, tells the story of Cara’s resurrection from victim of domestic abuse to bad-ass mom with a hammer and carpenter’s square. You will be enlightened. You will be inspired. “

~ John Grogan, author of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home