Pain is real. And so is loss. Sometimes it's hard not to let the weight of what we
carry or the memory of what we've lost--take over. Many of us know the reality
of struggle, and so many people suffer in silence. Like a lot of you, I've known
loneliness. I've known defeat.
So I decided to give it a voice. All of it: the tears, the pain. And the lessons. The
things I saw and learned and gained along my life path needed a voice. And so l
wrote, in hopes of helping myself and others survive and thrive inside their storms.
The words found in this book became my voice and my letter to the world. They
became my deepest attempt to, not just pick myself up, but others along the way.
I wrote because, just as we will fall in life, so will we rise. That's the thing about
this world. It never gives us only one kind of path. There is pain. Yes. And loss.
And even darkness. But there is also light. There is hope. There is beauty.
And there is also love and happiness.
Yasmin Mogahed's best selling book, Reclaim Your Heart, has received international acclaim?ÿand is available worldwide.
Yasmin is currently an instructor for Al Maghrib Institute, a writer for the Huffington?ÿPost, an international speaker, and an invited lecturer at Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Stanford,?ÿand many other universities around the world. She received her B.S. Degree in Psychology?ÿand her Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of?ÿWisconsin-Madison. After completing her graduate work, she taught Islamic Studies?ÿand got heavily involved in community youth work. She later served as a writing
instructor at Cardinal Stritch University and a staff columnist for the Islam section of?ÿInFocus News.
Visit her website, yasminmogahed.com, where you can find a collection of her articles,?ÿpoetry, and lectures.