Saturday, May 19, 2012

"Hiking Through.......

"Hiking Through - One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail," by Paul Stutzman

After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart--the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life--and can change yours as well.

In Hiking Through, you'll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through fourteen states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose. Along the way, you'll meet fascinating and funny people, experience trail magic, and discover that every choice we make on the path has consequences for the journey. More than that, you'll come away with a new understanding of God's grace and guidance--even in the smallest things. 

I was in two minds when I decided to pick this book and only chose it because it featured the Appalachian Trail, which is something I find interesting.  It would be something I would love to hike, if I actually did hike - but as I get out of breath just walking around the acreage, me hiking over 2,000 miles is totally out of the question.

It was fun the "walk" along with the author through his book and the way he talked about his adventures along the way, made me glad I was "walking" along in the comfort of my armchair!!!  I had to keep on reading as I needed to know what was going to happen next, and to be thankful it wasn't me!!!  Although it would be a super way to lose weight that's for sure!!!

This book however was as much about how the author came to terms with the loss of his wife and how he healed from that loss through this journey and his spirituality.

This book also helped me learn more about  hiking and more about the Appalachian Trail and the world of "thru hikers."  If I didn't have to get wet, didn't have to sleep in a tent, didn't have to forgo a shower everyday, I would love to hike the Appalachian Trail.  However after reading this book, the chances of any of those things not happening, are slim to nil!!!

Stars out of 5 : 5, infact I would give it a 10 + as I really enjoyed this book.  It truly is a good read and will keep you wanting more!!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from  Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


Mrs Thrifty said...

The book sounds awesome - I shall have a look on Amazon right now. I love anything like that. My hero os Satish Kumar who did a peace walk in the 60s from India to America - have blogged about it. Thanks for sharing this xx

beagleAnnie said...

This book sounds great, Gill. I should find time to read more. Thank you for letting me know about it.

Kaisievic said...

Hi Gill, Great book recommendation. Have you read Bill Bryson's "A walk in the woods"? It is also about hiking the Appalachian Trail but it is not spiritual - it is actually hilarious.

~Carla~ said...

I have this one to read as well, glad you enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading it!

Kim said...

I too loved this book and all you learned about hiking. I will be posting my reviews tonight.