Recklessly Alive: What My Suicide Attempt Taught Me About God and Living Life to the Fullest


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You deserve to stop suffering and create a life that is fully and recklessly alive.

Every 12.3 minutes someone completes suicide, and I was almost one of them. I had written letters, picked a day, and packed up all my belongings because I believed my life was worthless and disposable. What lies ahead of you is my journey from suicide attempt toward abundant life. I share it with you in hopes that you can see yourself or someone you love in my story and find the courage to start conversations about faith, mental health, depression, and suicide.

I am not a pastor, a deep-sea diver, an Avenger, or a mongoose whisperer. I have never sawed off my own arm, had my hand digested by a shark, or experienced any other amazing feat of humanity. I am just an average guy who found his world slipping away and—in a moment of extreme clarity—made the terrifying decision to stay and chase a life that is fully and recklessly alive.

This book is for anyone who:

  • Feels stuck, hopeless and alone
  • Struggles with finding their purpose or wanting to be alive
  • Loves someone who battles mental health, depression, or suicidal thoughts
  • Wants to understand warning signs of suicide and how to help
  • Desires to feel more fully and recklessly alive

Sam Eaton is a powerful voice for his generation as an innovative ministry leader and sought-after communicator. In 2016, after losing five people to suicide in his hometown, he founded Recklessly Alive (recklesslyalive.com), an organization sprinting toward a world with zero deaths from suicide. He speaks throughout the U.S. and encourages everyone he meets to chase a life that is fully and recklessly alive. Sam has a master’s degree in educational leadership and has taught music in the public schools for over ten years. He is on a lifelong quest to love God, love people, expand his vinyl record collection, and try every flavor of Oreos.

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