This Sweet Life

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This Sweet Life

how we lived after Kirby died

by Ginny Brown and Jean Brown

Kirby Brown was a seeker who lived a life of passion and adventure. When she and two others died in a sweat lodge at a self-help retreat on October 8, 2009, it shattered her family and friends. Kirby’s mother and sister detail how they learned about Kirby’s ugly death, struggled through their grief, and kept moving forward through the trial of the criminally negligent guru in charge, James Arthur Ray–international best-selling motivational speaker who had been featured in “The Secret” and on Oprah. Following the trial, the family founded SEEK Safely Inc., since all seekers are entitled to safe self-improvement journeys.

Even through their multi-layered grieving process, Ginny and Jean Brown wanted to live as Kirby did—with passion and love. In sharing their story, they offer an invitation into their private hell, an immersion in their grief, and a story of evolution after trauma.


A beautiful, heart-breaking book that exposes the dangerous side of the self-help industry. It tells the story of Kirby Brown who died after being deprived of water, food and sleep and then put in a sweat lodge by James Arthur Ray, a man who was not qualified to run a sweat lodge, ignored pleas for help once participants were inside the lodge and left the scene immediately afterwards.

Marianne Power, author Help Me!… One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Her Life


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