A husband’s message: ‘If you’re listening to this, it’s because I’m dead’

We’ve all heard the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” But more and more couples are being forced into rather close quarters, working from home, social settings nonexistent, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rachel and Harold Earls are survivors who have been in both scenarios, and they have observations they want to share. Their love affair is like a made-for-TV movie:

Harold proposes to Rachel and they marry. But then right away, Harold leaves Rachel, to climb Mount Everest. It’s a dream he started planning as a single man, while a cadet at West Point.

Given the 6.5% fatality rate on Everest, he thought to leave his young bride something before he left. Read More…

About their Book

The husband and wife behind the popular Earls Family Vlogs share their inspiring love story for the first time, revealing how conflicting dreams–his to climb Mount Everest, and hers to start a family–deepened their faith and commitment to each other.

As a senior at West Point, Harold Earls began to dream of summiting Mount Everest. Many wondered: Why would this novice mountain climber choose to leave his new wife on the other side of the world in pursuit of such a life-threatening quest? Simultaneously, Rachel Earls 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? Did he expect her to make such a sacrifice so he could pursue this audacious goal?


Ranger School Book Exposes...
Ranger School Book
Ranger School Book
...the challenge, the pain and the leadership value of U. S. Army Ranger School. Experience the first book to illuminate the best leadership school in the U.S. Army; Ranger School. Ranger School puts you at ground level and drives home leadership principles through impactful first-person stories. Learn what Ranger School is like. Feel the claustrophobia of the first night, the frustration of exhaustion and the pain of hunger. "No-excuse leaders don't have to act tough, but they must display mental toughness. Is it a coincidence that a 2006 study found that companies led by ex-military CEOs outperformed the S&P 500, and that such leaders lasted longer in their jobs?"


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