Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe | How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath (Brownell)
"Jennifer Garrison Brownell writes with vulnerability, courage, and humor. Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe is a brave and beautiful first book."
—Jaimal Yogis, author of The Fear Project and Saltwater Buddha
One winter, Jennifer Garrison Brownell, a mid-life pastor, wife of a seriously disabled man, and dedicated non-athlete, decided almost on a whim to train for and run a sprint triathlon. In the process, she was surprised to discover that her spirit was as transformed as her body. With humor and without sentimentality, Brownell keeps breathing as she reflects on marriage and swim goggles; motherhood and bicycle repair; disabilities and running shoes.
"This is not an inspirational tale about cheerfully conquering adversity. It is a funny, heartbreaking and wise story about telling the truth in all its messy beauty and learning to love it. It's about finding grace and gratitude in the ordinary and extraordinary details of life and memory. It's wonderful and hopeful. I loved it."
—Debbie Blue, author of From Stone to Living Word: Letting the Bible Live Again, Sensual Orthodoxy, and most recently, Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to the Birds of the Bible
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Garrison Brownell is a United Church of Christ minister and the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of ministers and missionaries. She has worked in a food cooperative, a museum, a school, an indy record label, and even some churches. The book, A Million Visions of Peace: Wisdom from the Friends of Old Turtle, which she co-edited, was a Children’s Choice Award from the Children’s Book Council of New York. Most recently, she contributed an essay to the book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. You can find more of her writing at 46thpsalm.blogspot.com.
The Pilgrim Press
Paperback: 168 pages / 6" x 9"