Gabriella van Rij’s New Book 'With All My Might' Teaches Readers How to Find Self-Acceptance in Spite of Adversity as Summer North American Book Tour Kicks Into High Gear

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With her moving tale of growing up “different” as a child born in Pakistan and adopted into a Dutch family, Gabriella van Rij extends her open arms to readers and encourages them to embrace their own uniqueness. Through her personal story of overcoming both her own fear and that of others, Gabriella recounts with amazing clarity the lessons she has experienced about truly learning to love.

Gabriella Van Rij Activist, Advocate, Author Book With All my Might

Gabriella Van Rij Activist, Advocate, Author, Book 'With All My Might'

Life is a beautiful necklace of pearls. Each pearl is a chapter…there are a lot of adversities in my chapters, but that is what makes the necklace beautiful.

“Love until You Get It Right”
Gabriella draws readers in with her passion and surety, allowing them to experience, through her words, the daring idea of self-acceptance and overcoming fear. She explains that “the concept of fear can be so paralyzing that it can stop you from living life”, and walks readers through the powerful moments when she started to live hers.

Faced with bigotry, racism, and intolerance from even the most unexpected places, Gabriella was no stranger to the concept of trying to fit into a mold. Yet through each harrowing experience, she became more convinced that she must stay true to herself, no matter how frightening and impossible that seemed. With uplifting confidence and insightfulness, Gabriella reaches through the words on the page to inspire her readers to do the same.

“Life is a beautiful necklace of pearls. Each pearl is a chapter…there are a lot of adversities in my chapters, but that is what makes the necklace beautiful,” Gabriella says.

With startling clarity and sureness of voice, Gabriella acknowledges the things we fear the most are the ones that will inevitably make us stronger in the end. Her unwavering faith and acceptance of life, love and living with all her might, ensure that Gabriella's words are ones readers will remember long after they have turned the page.

About Gabriella van Rij
Gabriella van Rij is an International Activist, Advocate, and Author. Her first book With All My Might tackles head-on the topics of bullying, racism, intolerance, belonging, identity, individuality, and acceptance. She is the founder of We Open Doors and, through this organization, she travels and offers insight and help to these and many other issues facing our society today. She challenges you to stand up for yourself and for others.

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