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Didn't See That Coming

Putting Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart
Written by: Rachel Hollis
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Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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The New York Times best seller

Fear. Grief. Loss. Betrayal. Rachel Hollis has felt all those things, and she knows you have too. Now, she takes you to the other side.

With her signature humor, heartfelt honesty, and intimate true-life stories, number one New York Times best-selling author Rachel Hollis shows listeners how to seize difficult moments for the learning experiences they are and the value and growth they provide.

Rachel Hollis sees you. As the millions who listen to her number one New York Times best sellers Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing, attend her RISE conferences, and follow her on social media know, she also wants to see you transform.

When it comes to the “hard seasons” of life - the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job - transformation seems impossible when grief and uncertainty dominate your days. Especially when, as Didn’t See that Coming reveals, no one asks to have their future completely rearranged for them. But, as Rachel writes, it is up to you how you come through your pain - you can come through changed for the better, having learned and grown, or stuck in place where your identity becomes rooted in what hurt you.

To Rachel, a life well-lived is one of purpose, focused only on the essentials. This is a small book about big feelings: Inspirational, aspirational, and an anchor that shows that darkness can co-exist with the beautiful. 

©2020 Rachel Hollis (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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This is one of Rach's Best Books!!

I was fortunate enough to be on the launch team for this book. I read it prior to it's release date on September 29th, and than just listened to it again on audiobook, finishing it a few mins ago. I truly believe, that in order to fully understand this book and to appreciate the messages and advise she offers in this book, you need to be living in a hard season, or can empathize with understanding what it is like to live thru grief and trauma. While some parts of the book were a bit repetitive from other books Rachel has written, I still appreciate her knowledge and teaching behind the message's she is always delivering to her community. I myself have been living in a hard season for the past 2 years. What I have taken away from this book, especially Chapter 7 (Show Up) , Chapter 9 (Resilience) and the Hold onto Hope (last part of the book) really resonated with me to start doing the work I need to do to be the person I am ment to be and also the mother I need to be to my children. As a person who suffers from debilitating anxiety and depression and has had a traumatic childhood, this was the push I needed to get myself moving in the right direction. I know I am the one who needs to do the work, but I truly admire Rachel for her honesty and for sharing her hard season's with us. For most, maybe this does not matter to you. But for some, especially one's like myself, I don't have this in my life and this book has inspired me and given me hope. Having Rachel to help guide me along the way inspires me more than she will ever know. And for those who think this book is a "tell all" about her divorce from Dave, nah, your wrong. While she does touch on the subject this isn't a book that is focusing on that. Sorry to disappoint you! Remember that YOU matter. And thank you Rachel for sharing your gift with us and I'm hoping that you will take away from the book what I did, if you are going thru a hard season. 2020 will not win! We will make it thru this :)

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Wow!!!

Such an amazing book! It’s probably my favorite out of all her books and that is saying A LOT! Well done, Rachel, well done! I read her other two books, but listening to this one on Audible made it even more relatable and drove the points home to another level. I finished it the first day I got it and will probably listen to it again in the near future. Worth the purchase for me!

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I didn't know that I needed this book

I have been searching for a book like with. It opened my emotional door just enough to allow me to begin to heal.

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I needed this.

Well written and well read. Rachel gave my heart hope through this book. I needed this honesty.

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strength admiration

i pre ordered! i laughed I cried and i finished love your strength your desire to make sure the rest of us make it too your such a humble human🥰

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True to my heart

This book was amazing!!! It really hit hard for me and helped me understand so many amazing things, how to move on with my life and how to keep fighting for myself! Thank you Rachel!

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Thank you

Rachel, you’re ability to spread hope through sharing your pain is incredible. Thank you for writing these words. Beautiful 🤍

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Absolutely love!

Literally didn’t see this book coming... what a surprise. Not at all about divorce but basically a “LIVE YOUR LIFE” theme and all the reasons why that matters. Just love Rach.

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We all need to hear this tough love!

Thank you Rachel for such a beautifully written tough love book! Many people need to hear this even if they are like yourself and me who are strong in tough times. I loved every moment of it! And will listen over and over. Your candour and openness is why I keep listening to you. And love you in books and Podcasts. The book must not of been easy to write.... and I cried along with you through the end chapter 💔 Thank you again 🤗🙏🏻

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Loved it. Needed it. Will relisten.

I loved it so much. My favourite of all of her books. I will be relistenjng many times

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  • Jennifer
  • 2020-10-01

Mom Shaming and therapy without education or a license

I broke up with Rachel Hollis because I was unhappy with the divorce and I personally believe that there was some deception around their business events etc. I also believe that she is out of her lane. The advice she is sharing ( based on her “experiences”) is pretty inappropriate to me based on her background. She also seemed to project her wounds from her childhood onto her readers. She hated on how kids should never see you breakdown, show weakness etc. we are human! Kids need to know that mental health is important and even mommies and daddies have hard times. Not impressed. Pretty sure she is on a pretty sharp downward spiral. I think Rachel’s ship has sailed

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  • Amber
  • 2020-10-01

I was really enjoying the book until....

I have really enjoyed Rachel's previous material and have recommended her books to several friends. However, this book I believe gives some very dangerous advise regarding hiding your pain and emotions from your children. I grew up watching my mother try so hard to hide her pain from my fathers death. She hid it to the point of illness and she suffered mentally from it. I also suffered because regardless of how well you try to hide the pain, the ones that love you can see right through it. Teaching your kids that adults need to hide their pain away is not healthy and I stopped listening after that. Pain is real, and children learn from example. If we teach them how to deal with pain and trauma they will have the tools needed to deal with their own. If we teach them that adults are not allowed to show pain, I feel we are setting them up for a life full of depression and guilt.

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  • MJ
  • 2020-10-01

Repetative information many past 35 already know.

Literally repeats simplistic logic and rhetoric many life coaches have already put out there, including herself. What stood out most was listening to her share how she gave it to her friend who was going through a divorce because her friend chose to share her pain with her daughters. Rachel states "fake it" and " never" let your kids see you not holding it together. "Scream into a pillow" but never let them see you are suffering. It's so obvious she chose to put this on others because of her own childhood trauma with her parents not holding it together when her brother passed. It's totally okay and necessary for our kids to see we have emotions and have hard, bad or sad days. Any psychologist will tell you that! There is a difference between sharing emotions and hard days with your children verses making them "carry it," like she sternly tells other not to do. I believe You can still " show up" for your children all while keeping a healthy line of communication letting them know you're having a tough day. You're preparing them for the real world and real emotions in this life and showing them you are not exempt from feeling sad. She gets such an intense tone on this matter, it just screams she is still hurting from her own past childhood. You should probably fix you and your trigger Rachel before you choose to try to fix others on that matter. She states she knows many will disagree with her. Well, she got one thing right.

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  • nisa thomas cable
  • 2020-09-30

Maybe too soon?

I loved the previous two books this author wrote however this one does not inspire and falls flat. Maybe If the author wrote the book later after some time has passed from her previous book success and divorce this book would resonant better. It’s also disappointing how the author wrote non stop about her marriage on her blog and podcasts and books then now the content has phased out anything about her marriage. It was the most important thing in her life - more than her children then she divorces, but doesn’t really offer any insight how her marriage failed. It leaves a big hole and wonder if she’s just peddling to continue the wave of success.

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  • mchristensen
  • 2020-10-02

Rambling

It’s a ton of rambling. I thought she was gonna let us know what happened in her marriage and how to help or avoid. I liked her other books this one is not good. Sorry Rachel

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  • Amanda Messier
  • 2020-10-01

no divorce details

same story she has told us in her last 2 books. we know about her brother and we know about the twins. we wanted and this was sold as divorce. not worth the credit.

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  • Juls
  • 2020-10-02

Nothing new from the other books

Rachel uses the same life events from her other books into this one (her childhood, brother, adopted daughter). I was expecting more details about the complications in her relationship and lessons learned from choosing the path of divorce; unfortunately, this was not the purpose of this book. I am still not sure why she would write a repetitive book. I do not recommend it to people who read her other books.

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  • Tiffany Millner
  • 2020-10-01

I will take my white privileged money elsewhere

Let me start with this: I love Rachel’s books. They have touched my soul on many levels. I will NOT support a single celebrity that wants to tell me that I have “white privilege” because I CHOOSE to be a law abiding citizen and comply with the law and order of my country. I believe in HUMAN EQUALITY and love all of my neighbors but I will not give in to the divisive narrative that is tearing my country apart.

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  • Mommy of TWO!
  • 2020-10-05

Save your money,

Rachael’s not even being transparent or courageous in her own writing. She basically talks about her kiddish fears and folklore. Cites a few things from Carol S, author of Mindset. A bunch of mom analogies. I was really looking forward to having her be real and say what she’s learned about herself and working with her husband. Done. Don’t buy the book.

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  • Kristi Pedro
  • 2020-10-05

Very disappointed!

I absolutely loved her first two books. This book was very repetitive and she retold a lot of the same stories or situations she used in the first two books. She also danced around what happened in her marriage and why she is getting a divorce. The overall vibe of the book was too depressing unlike her other books which were so inspirational and motivating.

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