Kristine Carlson — From Heartbreak to Wholeness


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After the tragic and unexpected loss of her husband, Kristine Carlson resolved to find hope in the midst of heartache and her life has never been the same since. Today, Kristine is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and leader in the field of transformation.

After collaborating with her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson to create a publishing industry phenomenon with the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series — selling more than 25 million copies worldwide — Kristine is emerging as a profound teacher in the areas that matter most to the human heart: how to heal and how to love.

Her forthcoming book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero’s Journey to Joy, offers a process for healing that goes beyond common prescriptions for getting through the pain of loss. Kristine’s message of self-rediscovery and transition has been featured on national television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In this conversation, Branden and Kristine move through her journey of grief, transition, heartbreak, and healing — and why it’s important to choose to be the hero in the midst of life’s shattering circumstances.

Life can change in a moment, so we must appreciate every single day we are given.
— Kristine Carlson

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