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.

When Paul Stutzman’s wife passed away from breast cancer, even though life had to go on, it didn’t help the feelings of grief, hurt, being abandoned by God, and missing his wife Mary. After a year, Paul decided to quit his job and restaurant manager and hike away his grief on the Appalachian Trail. I love the Appalachian Mountains, and having visited quite a bit, I can see why the author chose this setting as his place of healing. And of course there were the questions, did he do the right thing in stepping down from his job, what would his family think, would he make it to the end, and what would happen in-between? But Paul did endure the entire four and one half month, 2,176 mile trip through fourteen states. And at the end, Paul had almost five months of memories that would change his life forever. Those memories are recorded in his book, “Hiking Through.

Wow, if you are hurting because of anything in your life, this book will be a great resource to help with your healing. Having lost several family members to cancer, and several more that suffered breast cancer, I can identify with the difficult feelings the author has endured. Suffering through these illnesses and losses change your life forever. Paul Stutzman did something not many people do, and that is go to the extremes to find help and healing in his situation. I admire and respect the author for seeking this help, and also writing about it to help others deal with their hurt and loss.


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