February 10, 2021 • bachelor insider
Ben Higgins Celebrates His First 'Incredible' Week as an Author After Releasing 'Alone in Plain Sight'
Only one week has passed since Ben Higgins released his debut book, “Alone in Plain Sight: Searching for Connection When You’re Seen but Not Known” — and the new author couldn’t be happier with the support he’s received so far.
Ben headed over to Instagram on Tuesday to express his gratitude. “Yes, unlike the book cover I am smiling because this past week has been incredible! It’s been a dream!” the beloved Bachelor Nation star enthused. “It’s been tons of interviews and a ton of conversation. To be able to speak about this book with the hope that anyone who reads it feels more connected to themselves, to others, to romance, and to God is a special experience.”
He added, “Thank you all for reading Alone in Plain Sight, writing reviews, sharing all sorts of feedback, and also sharing your personal stories! This is just the beginning and I am so pumped for you all to read it!”
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The literary project features personal stories of how Ben went from feeling lonely and rejected to finally feeling seen after pursuing authentic connections with himself, with others, and with God. The book also incorporates insightful revelations about Ben’s life before “The Bachelor,” including a secret battle with substance abuse.
Last month, the handsome entrepreneur — who led “The Bachelor” Season 20 in 2016 — opened up to BachelorNation.com about the “cathartic” experience of penning “Alone in Plain Sight” and how therapy played a role in his writing process.
“A little bit over halfway through the process of writing the book, I brought on a ghostwriter. I did that because I realized I was falling back into the temptation of keeping things surface-level. To fully dig in, I needed somebody to push me. I needed somebody to ask the right questions to pull things out of me that would have been impossible to do alone,” he said.
“Things that hurt me the most, like my experience with addiction — which I’ve never talked about publicly until now. I’ve never shared it with my family until now. I spent two years of my life addicted to painkillers,” Ben continued. “And I wrote about it because I realized there are other people out there who are going through the same thing. It was cathartic but it was also really hard. I say this in the best of ways but writing this book actually pushed me into counseling because it made me approach my biggest insecurities.”
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