I’m giving Hiking Through five stars and plan on reading it again soon.
After Paul Stutzman’s wife died from cancer, he decided to resign his position as a successful restaurant manager to pursue a dream. The dream? To be one of the few people who walk the entire length of the Appalachian trail.

There were times he wondered if he had done the right thing: leaving a secure job, family, and friends. Dread and determination mingled together in his mind.

Fourteen states, 2,176 miles, and four and a half months after starting in Georgia he reached the north end of the Appalachian Trail. His experiences and the people he met along the way make for an enthralling read.
I could relate to Paul’s hesitation and regret at saying good-bye to a trail and an experience that defined his life for over four months. Personal grief has a way of making almost any long-term good-byes soul wrenching.
Hiking Through will inspire you to set goals that seem insurmountable. Paul shows us the importance of getting up each morning and taking that first step pointed in the right direction.
I felt Paul’s conversations with God, as recorded in the book, seemed a bit forced. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe they happened, it just means the book would have been just as good, if not better, if he hadn’t shared them. It didn’t deepen the message or draw me closer to God. It seemed more like a distraction.
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