The Rising Sisterhood: Rise with Us
Author: Amy Edge
Page Count: 152
Original Publication Date: 2021
“You are meant for more. And your story is meant to be told.“
Too often we forget that we aren’t alone in the world—that even though we all have our own unique experiences, there are people out there who probably went through something similar and can understand, to an extent, how you’re feeling. I am guilty of this. I’m sure you are, too. It’s something I have to be constantly reminded of. And this book did just that. I’m sure there are a lot of excellent nonfiction books out there about these people, but I haven’t read them. I tend to stray from nonfiction as a general rule, especially books that may be considered the dreaded “self-help” genre. There’s nothing wrong with these types of books—in fact, I know these books literally can change lives. They’re just not my cup of tea. But when your friend contributes her own story to such a book, you kind of have to read it. So I did, and I did so happily because I love supporting my friends and I love holding up other women. So, that’s how I came to read The Rising Sisterhood.
The Rising Sisterhood is a collection of stories from a diverse group of women across the world, each with their own personal tales of trial and triumph. It’s broken up into three sections, each detailing a step of the “rising” process: overcoming, giving yourself permission, and showing up. Each section features a handful of stories on theme with that step, but they all tend to push the same message: rise up and be unapologetically you.
No matter who you are, you’re going to find someone or something you relate to when reading this book. Reading this book definitely reminded me that I’m not alone, no matter how often I may think I am. There are other women out there going through hardships like me. There are other women out there experiencing the same emotions as me. So those are the stories that really resonated with me and that I liked the most. We like what we can relate to. But even to the ones I couldn’t relate to, I still connected with those women and their stories. I still felt loads of empathy for them. I may not know any of these ladies (aside from Kayleigh), but I’m proud of all of them. Not only for going through what they went through and coming out on top, but for being able to grow, learn, and articulate their stories so well for strangers to read. I’m not sure I’m in that final “showing up” stage yet to where I could share my own story, but this book makes me think I could get there someday. This book inspires me to be me.
Not only do these women share their stories, but they also share tons of helpful and interesting advice for various situations, mental states, and stages of life. This book is a gold mine for tips and tricks for a variety of things, and again, I’m positive you’ll find some gems relevant to you and your experiences. As someone who’s been to counseling for trauma and mental illness, I recognized some similar coping mechanisms mentioned in a few of the stories that I’ve tried myself or looked into. But I also learned about various others that were new to me and sounded extremely helpful.
Wherever you are in your life mentally, physically, emotionally, I think you should read The Rising Sisterhood. Even if you, like me, aren’t big into nonfiction, I think it’s also important to challenge yourself and step outside of your comfort zone every now and then—which, unsurprisingly, is a theme that runs through many of these stories. These stories are endearing, inspirational, and truly empowering. All the women who contributed to this book are amazing. The Rising Sisterhood is a book for all women—it’s a collection of inspiring and relatable stories that remind us we aren’t alone in our experiences, and that it’s never too late to overcome your challenges, allow yourself to change the narrative, and rise up.