Above the Mountain’s Shadow

A Journey of Hope and Adventure Inspired by the Forgotten
Sara Safari and Jeffrey A. Kottler
©2019, 196 pages

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    A story of determination, survival, and the indomitable human spirit, Above the Mountain’s Shadow: A Journey of Hope and Adventure Inspired by the Forgotten is an incredible story of one woman’s quest to empower the women of the world, one peak at a time.

    Growing up in Iran after the Islamic Revolution, Sara Safari enjoyed very few personal freedoms and little rights under the law, living an existence marked by oppression and limitations. In response to her childhood experiences, Sara was motivated to empower marginalized women everywhere—and what better way to show young girls that they can do anything than to stand on top of the world?

    In Above the Mountain’s Shadow, Sara, along with her co-author and fellow humanitarian Jeffrey Kottler, recount the exhilarating tale of Sara’s climb to the top of Mount Everest, a journey fraught with obstacles and life-threatening peril. From having never climbed a mountain in her life to ascending Everest during a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, Sara’s journey is as thrilling as it is inspirational.

    Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D. is one of the most prominent authors in the fields of psychology, health, and education, having written over 100 books across a broad range of topics. He is professor emeritus at California State University, Fullerton and resident scholar at the Alliance for Multicultural Community Service in Houston, Texas, where he works on issues related to refugee mental health and wellness.

    View a full list of Cognella titles by Jeffrey A. Kottler here.
    Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, advocate for women’s empowerment, and board member of Empower Nepali Girls. In 2015, she received the prestigious Global Citizen Award from the United Nations in recognition of her humanitarian work with Nepali girls and her continued efforts to end human trafficking. She’s also received an award for Outstanding Practice with Broad Impact in the area of women and leadership from International Leadership Association. Sara will be the first Iranian in history to climb the Seven Summits, the seven highest peaks in each continent by July 2020. She is climbing on behalf of women worldwide who don’t have the opportunity to live their lives fully expressed and on their own terms.
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    Watch Sara Safari's inspirational TEDx Talk, Climb Your Everest, in which she shares her triumphant journey from teaching engineering to climbing mountains to help the Empower Nepali Girls foundation and advocating for women's empowerment worldwide.

    Read Sara Safari's interview with National Geographic to learn the real reason she climbs, what she's learned from her failures, and how she tackles sexism on the mountain.