"When you're in the middle of the adventure, you just have to live it. When you're on an expedition, you put your head down and battle through. Storytelling happens after the finish line. . . . now that time has come [and] Julia can tell her story. The full story."
-from the foreword by Bear Grylls
An incredible account of one woman's record-breaking row across the Atlantic
Thirty-two-year-old Julia Immonen and four other women take on a challenge completed by fewer people than have climbed Mount Everest or gone into space: row three thousand miles, unaided, from the Canary Islands to Barbados.
Row for Freedom chronicles that dramatic journey, detailing the grueling, peril-filled crossing, which broke two world records, as it weaves together Julia's search for hope and purpose against a background of relationships scarred by violence.
As Julia's physical and emotional treks unfold, you also learn about the plight of the thirty million victims of the modern-day slave trade that serves as the motivation for her row. Be inspired by Julia's self-discovery and her team's triumph in one of the most formidable physical quests ever undertaken.
Craig Borlase (craigborlase.com) is a bestselling British author and collaborative writer of more than forty books. He specializes in dramatic memoir driven by faith. His most recent book is 10,000 Reasons with Matt Redman (David C Cook, August 2016), and his next releases are Fleeing ISIS Finding Jesus with Charles Morris (David C Cook, January 2017) and Finding Gobi with Dion Leonard (Thomas Nelson, summer 2017). Always an adventurer, Bear Grylls reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1998 at the young age of 23. He participated in that expedition to raise funds for a children's hospital. His additional adventures include leading a team across the freezing North Atlantic Arctic Ocean in a small open inflatable boat, becoming the first man to fly a powered paraglider to a height above Mount Everest, and leading a small team to climb one of the most remote un-climbed peaks in the world in Antarctica. Bear has written several books including The Kid Who Climbed Everest and Facing the Frozen Ocean. He now hosts the popular television show Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel where he is parachuted into some of the most inhospitable places on earth and shows how to survive. Involved with many worthy causes throughout the world, Bear has agreed to donate all proceeds from With Love, Dad to Alpha International. Bear Grylls lives in the UK with his wife and three sons.