Oh my goodness where do I start about this book? Simply amazing. I have always wanted to travel, but wanted a family more, but the last few days I have traveled through South America. Like a shadow she didn’t know was there I feel like I was a part of all these adventures, even the scary ones! I cried, I laughed, I worried, I got scared, I got anxious. Such a roller coaster of emotions! And realizing some thing’s about myself along the way! So inspirational, I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want to! –Amazon Review
In this memoir, Jenni reveals an intimate account of a kidnapping and sexual assault that she survived when she was 20 years old.
Travel with her as she shares about how she ventured completely into the unknown, from years of self-destruction, to facing the fear of recovery, to buying a one-way ticket to embark on a 3-year wild adventure backpacking alone through South America, to creating the life of her dreams and becoming all of the magical human being she was born to become.
Jenni has given us an amazing and raw memoir for the world to share. The Other Side of Fear is emotional, informative and personal. Jenni’s courage to open up and share her traumas, recoveries and adventures to the world is a true gift that I was honored to receive. Her yearning to experience other cultures and people of South America, her bravery to step into new surroundings (including her inner self), her drive to live her dream against all the odds that were stacked against her, and her willingness to share it all with us makes this book truly special. -Amazon Review
About the Author
Jeannie Reavis, After surviving a kidnapping and a rape in my early 20s, I packed one suitcase and left everything behind to embark on a three-year radical journey of backpacking that took me through 6 countries as a desperate attempt to face my fears and find all the broken pieces of myself. In this memoir, I share a raw account of my pain going through violent assault, the years of self-destruction that ensued afterward, suffering bankruptcy and drug addiction, how I got my power back and faced my deepest fears! I know that there are so many others out there who feel like nobody can relate to their pain, and that’s why I had to tell the whole truth about my story in a very vulnerable way.
My background includes a long history of connecting with cultures, learning languages, and working as a volunteer interpreter/translator in my hometown of Oklahoma City. My own story of recovery, background in psychology, and graduate degree in human relations were the inspiration for this first book in the Unhidden Heroines book series, “The Other Side of Fear: A Backpacker’s Memoir.”
I am currently living the life of my happiest dreams in the mountains of Colombia, South America, and my purpose going forward is to connect with others on a global level, engaging in topics about conquering fears and documenting stories about recovery and resilience wherever I travel. I can’t wait to hear what you think about my memoir!