Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elizabeth Edwards

Narrated By: Elizabeth Edwards

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2009

Duration: 4 hours 0 minutes


Elizabeth Edwards is one of the most beloved political figures in the country and, on the surface, she seems to have led a charmed life. In many ways, she has. Beautiful family. Thriving career. Supportive friendships. But she’s no stranger to adversity. Many know of the strength she showed 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 when her own life was 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 recur in 2007.

In Resilience, Elizabeth Edwards crafts an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on dealing with life’s biggest challenges. This powerful and inspirational book makes an ideal gift for anyone dealing with difficulties in their lives, to draw strength from the kind of attitude that Elizabeth has developed, and find peace in knowing that they are not alone.


  • Ramon Nuñez Rayas

    Great read! It was interesting, raw, sad, and beautifully written. I never knew Elizabeth Edwards before her husband was plastered all over the TV for his affair and this book really touched me and made me see Mrs. Edwards as an individual--- and a profound and wise one at that.

  • jennifer crapse

    I loved this book!!!!!!! It was so genuine and interesting. I didn't find it too sad. For me, it was comforting, facsinating and relatable. It is not that I went through the same exact things as Elizabeth Edwards but I could see myself feeling how she felt if I had. It was a beautifully written and honest look into the life of Elizabeth Edwards that I found so relatable even though I am not from the same party and I didn't go through any of the same hardships. I really, really enjoyed this short memoir. If you have ever lost a child or gone through something very unexpected like the betrayal of a loved one I think this book may really be comforting to you. I didn't go through any of that and it was still relatable and comforting to me. It was just a good and well written book about a hard time in a woman's life who seemed to have everything going for her before life changed course in painful ways that couldn't be controlled or reversed--- something we can all relate to.

  • Sue

    This book was so sad that I found it hard to listen to. Elizabeth Edwards seems to be a strong woman and has had lots of heartache in her life. I was hoping for something more uplifting because she also has many things to be thankful for. I loved her poetry.

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