“[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