Flowing with the Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul

Flowing with the Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul

by Elena Stowell


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Winner of three awards---a 2012 eLit Award, a 2013 Indie Next Generation Award, and a 2013 Living Now award---"Flowing with the Go-A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul" is the story of one woman's path through grief. For what seemed like a lifetime and probably was, Elena Stowell wandered aimlessly in a personal prison of self-doubt and lack of purpose after her fifteen-year-old daughter Carly died suddenly before her eyes. By some combination of miracle and necessity, she walked into a Seattle area Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym and rolled for the first time in her life. Through that experience and others that followed, Elena discovered the tenets of the martial art form and healing were the same. With a ripping raw honesty and refreshing balance of humor and introspection, Elena’s story reminds us to never stop panning for the gold within ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937084622
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Elena Stowell, a high school biology and AP biology teacher lives with her family in Kent, Washington. When Elena's daughter Carly died suddently in April of 2007 (a week from her fifteenth birthday), Elena was devastated as any mother would be. The rest of her life became about surviving the grief. With the support and encouragement of her family and friends, she took a first step off of the couch and back into life. Needing an outlet for the suffocating turmoil of emotions that losing a child causes, Elena found Foster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She learned that, like many martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu had a spiritual aspect and would provide the guidance she needed to work through her grief.

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Flowing with the Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers Favorite Elena Stowell's "Flowing with the Go" is a heartrending and inspiring read about one woman's journey towards overcoming her grief by immersing herself in martial arts. This wonderful gem of a book chronicles the author's struggle to move on after her daughter's sudden death. She finds solace not just from her loving friends and family, but also from her coaches and gym mates as she dedicates herself to Jiu-Jitsu. The book takes the reader through a variety of emotions. I felt Elena Stowell's pain, her devastation after Carly's death. I also felt her triumphs, her celebrations after each small victory and her dedication to Jiu-Jitsu. It is rare for me to get so immersed in a book that I would tear up after reading one passage and then laugh out loud at another a few paragraphs later. Elena's writing is magnificent and her story is one that can inspire anyone who has ever had a devastating loss in their life, and is looking for a way to move on. The interspersed quotes, coming from popular culture, and classical and eclectic sources were a magnificent touch. The book is full of meaningful aphorisms that are capable of nudging every reader towards overcoming their own travails. "It's OK to cry. just not on the mat," and "Celebrate small victories," are just some of the wise words the reader can take away from this book. Elena Stowell is a very talented writer and she is surrounded by fun, loving people, and a great source for inspiring quotes and circumstances. For some reason I can't stop reading the section of the book containing Chuck's memorable lines. Elena's descriptions of life at the gym were fun, spot on and all the more interesting since it is from a woman's point of view. She manages to turn anecdotes into vivid renderings, and to depict each person in her life with such loving flair. Great books are usually poignant, once-in-a-lifetime stories told by a talented writer. "Flowing with the Go" fits the bill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I missed this book when it was over. Elena is a gifted writer with a strong soul. Flowing with the Go is a beautiful gift to the world. Grieving or not, everyone should read it.