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.
I read too much fiction. I admit that. And all too often when I pick up a non-fiction book, I have to force myself to read it. That didn’t happen with this book. Just like some of the suspense novels I enjoy so much, once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down.
The author talks a lot about his adventures on the trail and of many of the different and unique people he met while hiking the Appalachian Trail, and reading about it almost made me want to experience it. But the book is also about the spiritual journey he made while taking the physical hike. That part of the book really ministered to me and made me envious to know God like that. The author presents a good point that we have so much distracting us from God. He told a story of a young hiker listening to his Ipod that kept walking, unaware that a storm was approaching and his hiking companion had sought shelter, but he walked on, paying attention to only what he was listening to.
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