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A Higher Calling

Pursuing Love, Faith, and Mount Everest for a Greater Purpose

Harold Earls, IV & Rachel Earls

About A Higher Calling

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AND ECPA BESTSELLER • The husband and wife behind the popular Earls Family Vlogs share their inspiring love story of how an expedition to climb Mount Everest deepened their faith, strengthened their commitment, and sharpened their vision to make a difference in the world.
 
As a senior at West Point, Harold Earls dreamed of summiting Mount Everest after graduation and bringing awareness to the issue of PTSD in soldiers and veterans. But as a novice mountain climber and newlywed, could he really leave his wife, Rachel, on the other side of the world to pursue such a dangerous quest? After all, Rachel’s dream was to be a wife and mother. She knew that her husband’s audacious goal might lead to her to give up everything.
 
A Higher Calling takes us on a beautiful journey through the ups and downs of their relationship, from their unlikely introduction and whirlwind romance to their fairy-tale wedding and the dreams they shared. Dreams that required tremendous sacrifice and faith—in each other and in God.
 
As their dreams are realized, witness how Harold and Rachel used their powerful bond of love to overcome obstacles and learn that life is about doing versus having, serving versus getting, being versus wanting.
 
A Higher Calling shows each of us that when God’s purpose and our passion meet, we can transcend any sacrifice we make on the mountains of adversity. And as we approach life with an attitude of thanksgiving, we realize that being joyful and living in love is worth it. Every time.

Praise

“An inspirational and captivating story from beginning to end. Harold and Rachel challenge each one of us through fear, faith, and humor to strive for the very best in our lives.”—CPT Davis, Army officer, and Casey Marlar, vlogger and founder of Rosie Daze Boutique

“I’m grateful for Harold and Rachel, who use their influence to share the truth that even in the face of great adversity, our hope comes from the Lord!”—Ben Stuart, pastor of Passion City Church, Washington, DC, author of Single, Dating, Engaged, Married

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“[A] stirring memoir [with] breathtaking descriptions . . . combining intense adventure and sincere emotion.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Product Details

224 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Jun 2, 2020

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 12

Sneak Peek

Read the first two chapters of A Higher Calling. The husband and wife behind the popular Earls Family Vlogs share their inspiring love story of how an expedition to climb Mount Everest deepened their faith, strengthened their commitment, and sharpened their vision to make a difference in the world. As a senior at West Point, Harold Earls dreamed of summiting Mount Everest after graduation and bringing awareness to the issue of PTSD in soldiers and veterans. But as a novice mountain climber and newlywed, could he really leave his wife, Rachel, on the other side of the world to pursue such a dangerous quest? After all, Rachel’s dream was to be a wife and mother. She knew that her husband’s audacious goal might lead to her to give up everything. A Higher Calling takes us on a beautiful journey through the ups and downs of their relationship, from their unlikely introduction and whirlwind romance to their fairy-tale wedding and the dreams they shared. Dreams that required tremendous sacrifice and faith—in each other and in God. As their dreams are realized, witness how Harold and Rachel used their powerful bond of love to overcome obstacles and learn that life is about doing versus having, serving versus getting, being versus wanting. A Higher Calling shows each of us that when God’s purpose and our passion meet, we can transcend any sacrifice we make on the mountains of adversity. And as we approach life with an attitude of thanksgiving, we realize that being joyful and living in love is worth it. Every time.

Press Release

“[The] Earls…chronicle their journey of faith, marriage, and perseverance in this stirring memoir” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 

A HIGHER CALLING
By Captain Harold & Rachel Earls
A WaterBrook Hardcover | On Sale 6/2/2020

West Point graduate and Army Captain Harold Earls and his wife Rachel Earls, the dynamic couple behind the viral sensation Earls Family Vlogs (500,000 YouTube subscribers), didn’t have a traditional start to married life. Their love story had only just begun when Harold decided to fulfill his dream of climbing Mount Everest. A Higher Calling: Pursuing Love, Faith, and Mount Everest for a Greater Purpose by Captain Harold Earls IV and Rachel Earls (June 2, 2020, A WaterBrook Hardcover) tells the story of their romance and the challenging first year of marriage when Harold’s pursuit to climb the world’s tallest mountain deepened their faith, strengthened their commitment to each other, and sharpened their vision to make a difference in the world.
 
During his senior year, Harold, who had no climbing experience, dreamt up an expedition to lead the first active-duty team and combat-wounded veteran to the summit of Mount Everest and in addition, founded U.S. Expeditions and Explorations (USX), all while bringing attention to PTSD and veteran suicide. Without fully comprehending it, Harold’s mission put his life and his family’s future at risk. Simultaneously, Rachel was finally entering the season of life she had dreamed of for many years: starting a family of her own. How would she handle her new husband chasing a goal that could leave her widowed, childless, and flooded with heartache?
 
“The unthinkable reality was that I didn’t know for certain if I was going to make it back,” Harold writes.
 
Harold and Rachel had to reconcile their dreams with the reality of their love, faith, future family, and the mountain standing between them. In never-before-told stories and behind-the-scenes events on Everest, these captivating newlyweds wrestle with what it means to support and sacrifice for one another’s dreams.
 
Looking back, Rachel writes, “It’s a weird place to be, supporting your soon-to-be husband in pursuing a dream of his that could very well cost him his life. To this day, I question if it was the right decision. Is there even a right decision in a situation like that? If he died, then clearly it was the wrong decision, but if he succeeded, did that make it the right decision?”
 
Harold’s expedition taught both him and Rachel critical lessons such as:
·       Communication can mean life or death
·       Both partners’ dreams matter
·       The importance of recognizing one another’s sacrifice
·       God will provide even if the outcome wasn’t what you had hoped for

A Higher Calling is filled with all the ingredients for a page-turner—fun, romance, adventure, passion, faith, a few wrong turns, and overcoming the odds.

For more information, visit www.waterbrookmultnomah.com.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Captain Harold Earls IV is an active duty Army officer currently serving as the Commander of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Harold is a graduate of West Point, and he is US Army Airborne Ranger qualified. Harold has been featured on ABC News, The Weather Channel, USA Today, and many other outlets. Rachel Earls is a beloved vlogger, business owner, founder of the Earls Family Foundation, an Army wife, and mother. She hosts Earls Family Vlogs, which has 100 million views on YouTube and half a million subscribers, who tune in regularly for Rachel and Harold’s discussions on faith, family life, and love. In addition, the couple has more than 300,000 social media followers. Harold and Rachel are raising their two young sons, Leo and Wyatt, near Washington, DC. https://www.earls.org/
YouTube: Earls Family Vlogs: 500K
Instagram: @rachelearls 125K, @haroldearlsiv 61.5K
Facebook: Earls Family Vlogs 122K

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