Stutzman's HIKING THROUGH is a literary journey worth taking
Sep 17, 2010
I could really appreciate Paul Stutzman's book HIKING THROUGH, not just because of the physical journey but the transformation he went through as well. Here was a man that made a decision to do something productive after losing his wife, and the result was a better understanding of life and all of the joys you can achieve.
Paul seems sometimes angry at the very idea of God being there and knowing what to do in the time of trail, but it takes only a little thought on his part to see that if anybody has a real plan, it would be God.
Stepping away from the story there are messages that I glean from the book that all of us can learn from. First of all, regardless of what we are going through, we can find comfort in knowing that we are not alone. All over this world there are individuals that are dealing with tribulations that threaten to break them. The main thing is how you deal with them.
HIKING THROUGH is a book that will find readers of all ages and backgrounds drawing to it. If you were looking for someone who understands what you are going through, this is the book for you.
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Cyrus Webb (Cyrus_Webb)
I am the President of Conversations Book Club, host of Conversations LIVE Radio and the Take Time To Read Literacy Campaign. Information can be found at www.conversationsmag.com.
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After losing his wife to breast cancer, Paul Stutzman decided to make some big changes. He quit his job of seventeen years and embarked upon a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a 2,176-mile stretch of varying terrain spanning fourteen states. During his nearly five-month-long hike, he battled brutal trail conditions and overwhelming loneliness, but also enjoyed spectacular scenery and trail camaraderie. With breathtaking descriptions and humorous anecdotes from his travels, Stutzman reveals how immersing himself in nature and befriending fellow hikers helped him recover from a devastating loss. Somewhere between Georgia and Maine, he realized that God had been with him every step of the way, and on a famous path through the wilderness, he found his own path to peace and freedom.