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Rethinking Life On The Appalachian Trail

rethinking 2“How thin the line of safety.”

One thing that is sort of on my list of things I thought I’d like to do was to hike the Appalachian Trail.  This inspiring book by Gary Bond recounts his journey on the trail in 2008. Rethinking Life on the Appalachian Trail is allows us to join Bond as he undertakes one of the most physically and mentally grueling travels.  I admire the dedication of anyone wh0 even undertakes such an adventure and am thankful that Mr. Bond was willing to share with us.

Hiking Through

hiking throughSo I was early picking my wife up at the airport and had an hour or so to kill…more if her plane was delayed. I forgot my book and if you are not a ticketed passenger there are not many places you can go at the terminal. Fortunately there was a small newsstand open that had some books. I had selected a Tom Clancy novel and as I waited in line to pay I noticed a book called Hiking Through. I still purchased the Clancy novel, but when I sat down I noted the title and added the book to my Amazon Wish List and bought it a few days later. That chance “meeting” led me to a wonderful book and I only retold the story because it fits with the kind of magic author Paul Stutzman often describes occurring during his nearly 2,200 mile journey thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2008. Stutzman’s tale about his journey has many levels as hikers would enjoy recounting the struggles of the long journey; spiritual people obviously would appreciate the author’s struggles and conversations with God; and other just might enjoy the fellowship that develops between hikers sharing the journey.