Rise: How a House Built a Family

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 inc

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 madeAfter 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.This must read memoir traces one family s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all through one extraordinary do it yourself project.

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  1. Cara Brookins is a computer analyst and social media marketing expert based in Little Rock You can read about her, as well as see shots of her home and family at carabrookins Her memoir, Rise How a House Built a Family details the house she built with her children after they had left a domestic violence situation She is also the author of seven middle grade and young adult novels and one adult novel.


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  1. This memoir is about Cara Brookins who lives in Arkansas with her four children ages 17,15,11, and 2 She works as computer programmer and freelance writer and is currently divorced A victim of domestic violence, Cara lives in constant fear of her ex husband, Adam.Together with her children, Cara embarks on building a house The idea came from her desire to reclaim her family s life from an unsafe environment The family continues to be traumatized by Adam who is schizophrenic However, working as a [...]

  2. Visit my blog for a complete review reviewsofbooksonmynightstand.bBrookins claims many times to be an optimist in her book and she must be in order to build her own home with four children in tow, one a toddler The story is very depressing, though I have read a lot of memoirs that center around the author s horrific past and they were able to maintain some semblance of lightness and hope but this book did not even though it had great potential to do so The author is very black and white in her [...]

  3. Good premise but I just wasn t that interested as the author tried her setup If I m going to be totally honest with you, I would tell you that I was actually a little judgey about the author s predicament Not once, not twice, but three times she self admittedly chose abusive husbands Husbands to the point that her children have behaviors that hide themselves and each other from the possibly of the new abusive boyfriend husband finding them I gave this book seven chapters and each one was depres [...]

  4. What an incredible story, and what an incredible family I had to double and triple check that it really was non fiction.The situations and characters are all heaped together at the start it could have been confusing, but the clarity of writing makes it straightforward to follow The time line continuously jumps between past and present, which again runs the risk of being confusing but each chapter is labelled either rise or fall and once you get what that means, it all makes perfect sense.Despite [...]

  5. In Rise, Cara Brookins and her four children have been on the run to rebuild their lives after suffering through Cara s three marriages that were rife with violence and chaos They are finally ready to stop running and instead of simply symbolically not running any longer, they decide to put roots down and truly make a place of their own so they build a house Neither Cara nor her children have any experience in building a house but they learn together and try to carve out a new life from the grou [...]

  6. I wanted to like this book I liked the idea of this book But some people need drama in their lives, and at the end of the day, this was about her weird needs than anything healthy for her children People who have been married three times and can list the myriad issues in their exes and never remove their own logs need to rethink their lives.

  7. The title of this book is really perfect, because the act of building the house truly did build or at least rebuild a damaged family Cara s story, and the way she tells it, offers tremendous insight into how easily domestic violence escalates and takes over the victims lives One of this book s major strengths comes in the way Cara writes, with unflinching honesty, but without the bitterness that so often permeates this type of memoir Cara doesn t wallow in self pity, nor does she allow anger to [...]

  8. This book is about Cara and her family, and how they built a freaking house with the help of Youtube videoes Because I mean, if you thought you had to have some sort of experience for building a house, Cara proves you wrong You need willpower And that s pretty much it.Meanwhile, I still brag to everyone I meet about the bookshelf from IKEA i actually got up myself It was the most incredible 12 hours of my life and I only cried once Really Cara is a pretty amazing person She escaped domestic viol [...]

  9. Incredible, incredible story Well written and riveting Horrifying the terror this family had to go through, but so amazing how they were able to survive and then thrive And I was most impressed with the kids attitudes during the build I think my attitude was worse just having to read about all the hard work just the idea of it all was overwhelming lol Great job Brookins Family 4.5 star Book would have been perfect had it included pictures to reference as the build progressed.

  10. Thanks to and St Martin s Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC This book was a real eye opener, not for only having the courage for building their house on their own, but also for surviving a life like theirs especially Cara, for living with ex husbands who were abusive in their own individual ways She has such courage and I admire her for this The ending was what I wanted to hear, that the kids are well adjusted and I hope they are all enjoying the fruits of their lab [...]

  11. I liked the premise and the author s voice, but I had a hard time divorcing myself from some aspects of the story that I found myself being judgemental about her choice to keep a loaded gun in her closet when she has a toddler, for one Overall this was an entertaining and touching memoir, it s just that parts of the story frustrated me Like in a horror movie, when you want to tell the pretty high school student not to go in the basement by herself I had a lot of those moments with this book.

  12. the most important thing we learned is that this story our story was never about a house Cara Brookins, RiseCara Brookins found herself, as unfortunately many women do in today s society, seeking for a way out of an abusive marriage to a man who was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and made their life difficult and hellish As she did so, she determined with the help of her four children, to build a new house to begin a new life.They did.Rise How A House Built A Family St Martin s Press, 2 [...]

  13. Rise is than the story of building a house it s about rebuilding a family, rebuilding security, and rebuilding a life.The chapters in Rise are divided into two headings Fall and Rise Those that come under the Fall heading revolve around flashbacks, scenes of abuse and fear that Cara Brookins and her family lived under for years The Rise chapters focus on their decision to survive, to recover, and to figure out how to thrive again.No one should have to endure what they suffered, and my heart ach [...]

  14. Quite a story At times I was holding my breath I liked the way she went back and forth It worked well The message is it is okay to fail And the next book I picked is about failing I totally agree with the philosophy.

  15. Cara Brookins is the author of a number of children s books But Rise How a House Built a Family is her own story.A victim of domestic violence, Cara found the strength to leave that relationship But years of uncertainty and fear had taken a toll on not just herself, but her four children The home they were living in was full of bad memories and the abuser knew where they were living In an attempt to heal herself and her family, Cara came up with a plan they would build a new home for themselves [...]

  16. Rise is an amazing true story about a mother s determination to accomplish the near impossible Cara Brookins needed a home for her children a place that hadn t already been, tainted by memories, of her ex husband s frightening and bizarre behavior But, since she didn t have money to buy a new home, she decided to build one, with the help of YouTube videos and her children Cara never dreamt that she would one day be pointing a loaded gun at the man she once loved But, when her ex husband Adam sto [...]

  17. Thanks to giveaways for this advance copy The book is based on a true story of Cara Brookins and her family They escaped the torment of Cara s abusive husband and built a home themselves from Youtube and trial and error Your heart will break reading of the fright the family lived with daily The chapters alternate between the past and the building of the house She uses the word Fall for the past and Rise for the building The abuse escalates in the book and, thanks be to God, so does their peace i [...]

  18. Cara Brookins and her children have survived years of abuse but are left feeling unsafe, even in their own home On their way to a secluded retreat, Cara spots a tornado ravaged home that 1 reminds herof her broken and battered ffamily, and 2 inspires her dream of a safe place for her and her children Though she lacks a contractor s license, she boldly decides to build a home with the help of her kids Interspersed with memories of the abuse they ve suffered, Rise tells the story of how one woman [...]

  19. Overcoming This is a theme of many memoirs The author tells her and her family s story of overcoming domestic violence and rebuilding their lives There are MANY other books that tell the same story But this one is different I love how the author is very real about the danger of their situation I felt as if I was there in the room with her However, she doesn t dwell on it A majority of the book is on rebuilding their lives, brick by brick Showing that she has actually overcome the abuse of her pa [...]

  20. This powerful, inspiring book will break down stereotypes of women who have been victims of domestic violence and give readers an up close and personal glimpse of how mental illness can threaten and destroy families I was in awe of Cara Brookins her intelligence, resourcefulness, and capabilities I think my favorite part was reading about how Brookins and her children healed and gained confidence through completing a seemingly impossible task I found myself constantly looking at the photo on the [...]

  21. I could not finish this book I saw The story on the new and thought that i would really enjoy the book It was confusing I felt like the book was jumping from one subject to the next, with no flow.

  22. Caught my eye on the library new nonfiction shelf because the title evoked Miranda Lambert s wonderful song The House that Built Me I suppose that is not a foolproof method for choosing books, but it worked well in this case Extremely impressive story of her escape from an abusive marriage to a guy with schizophrenia who stalks her and her 4 kids with terrifying perseverance She decides they need to make their own way and heal the family by building their own house, which they proceed to do for [...]

  23. There are days when I feel lazy and tell myself it s okay to just sit around and do nothing and so it s been hours since I ve done anything productive than grab another row of Oreos to enjoy as I watch a movie on the couch But there are also plenty of days when I feel overwhelmed and work and work and work until I feel too tired to do anything else but I m still going to bed at a semi reasonable hour However, none of my days compare to that of this text After a marriage to a schizophrenic man a [...]

  24. This is a story of a family building a house for themselves, a story which became compelling to me, so much so that I raced through it I have to confess that I only read it because it was the book of the month for our non fiction book discussion group What really grabbed my interest was not so much the actual building of the house, but Cara s dealing with her schizophrenic husband who became a real danger to Cara and her family But I became increasingly frustrated by her failure to make a strong [...]

  25. If you aren t afraid of schizophrenia, poverty, illness and single parenting then this book won t cut you to the core Just imagine a single mother raising four children on the edge her finances Then throw in the ever present fear that her ex husband will go over his edge of madness and stalk the family Then, Cara Brookins decides that she and her children will build a house from the ground up and, they do I thought I was in for an entertaining read about home building I got incredible strength t [...]

  26. I truly enjoyed this memoir about a mom so determined to rebuild her family that they built a home together from scratch There were so many quotes that resonated with me I have a long list to add to the book quotes I keep The author wrote in a style that was compelling and truly uplifting Anyone who likes to read about other peoples approach to adversity will appreciate this story Here s to Cara, Hope, Drew, Jada and Roman, it was an honor to witness your triumphs.

  27. Sometimes repetitive and hard to follow, but still a fascinating memoir of how a mother of four, coming out of two very abusive relationships of domestic violence, works with her children to build a house on their own She also holds down a full time job and freelance work to make it happen This woman s daring is just amazing in building a house with no experience and no crew besides her kids.

  28. Even if you have no interest in home improvements or building a house, this is a pretty remarkable story She does explain a lot of the work they did to build their house, and I kind of skimmed it, due to not having an understanding of much of it, but I really liked her writing style Her years of abuse and how her family healed through building their own house, was really heart warming.

  29. Incredibly inspiring and almost unbelievable at points There were times where I really felt privileged to enter into the story of this broken family and watch their lives be transformed by a seemingly impossible task You built your own damn house You can do anything.

  30. This is the type of book that makes you feel like you can overcome anything just like Cara and her four amazing kids did LOVED.

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