Cara Brookins

After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins of Central Arkansas had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home, but without the means to buy one, she decided to build one. Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos and a small bank loan, Brookins built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for their two story, five bedroom house. Rise is a memoir that traces one family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves. Join Cara and her family as they discuss their inspirational do-it-yourself project.