Media & Reviews

  • Beliefnet

    In 2008, Paul Stutzman quit his job, strapped on a backpack, and began a walk through the wilderness, following the Appalachian Trail 2,176 miles from Georgia to Maine. Eighteen months before, Paul had lost his wife of 32 years to cancer and could not find a way to put his life back together. Paul’s Appalachian Trail hike started as the pursuit of a dream; but along the trail, God also gave him a new life. Here, excerpted from his book Hiking Through are his thoughts on making dreams a reality.


  • My Scrappy Life

    I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you take time to read this book.


  • Vic’s Media Room

    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.


  • Thoughts of a Sojourner

    This is a book worth reading. I have never married, so I can’t relate to his losing his wife to cancer, and I have no great desire to hike 2000 + miles, but the book was an enjoyable and convicting read, and I recommend it to anyone to read.


  • The Self-Taught Cook

    In short, whether you need answers, or you just need a good read and a good laugh, this book will do the trick.  On a scale of 1 to 5 hikers, I would give this one a 6.
  • Splashes of Joy

    I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book to read and enjoy. And if you have suffered loss, or if you know someone who has, this is especially an awesome book for you to have. And the Appalachian Trail setting is wonderful, peaceful and calm, and just the right setting for something such as this. (more…)

  • Screaming Mimi

    Hiking Through. “One man’s journey to peace and freedom on the Appalachian Trail” is a great read!

  • Passionate Perseverance

    This was a lovely read and I appreciate the message of healing and hope. God speaks to us in some very unique and wondrous ways. We all have “trail angels’ in our lives to help us face our personal fears and the obstacles we must overcome. The trail of life is one fascinating hike.


  • The Jolly Blogger

    Paul is proof that even the ordinary can accomplish the extraordinary!

  • Living Our Faith Out Loud

    And boring this book is not. From the prologue where the author states he uses only trail names to identify his trail brothers and sisters so they can claim plausible deniability if ever accused of any of the stunts, to the rain, sleet, festivals, and fear, Hiking Through is a great journey book that’s more than a guide; it’s a quest for peace.