Book Review | Hiking Through by Paul V. Stutzman
After losing his wife to breast cancer, Paul Stutzman decided to make some big changes. He quit his job of seventeen years and embarked upon a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a 2,176-mile stretch of varying terrain spanning fourteen states. During his nearly five-month-long hike, he battled brutal trail conditions and overwhelming loneliness, but also enjoyed spectacular scenery and trail camaraderie. With breathtaking descriptions and humorous anecdotes from his travels, Stutzman reveals how immersing himself in nature and befriending fellow hikers helped him recover from a devastating loss. Somewhere between Georgia and Maine, he realized that God had been with him every step of the way, and on a famous path through the wilderness, he found his own path to peace and freedom.
This is definitely a must read, I could not put it down until it was finished. Normally I do not like to read things about hiking, or outdoors kind of things, but this book called out to me. Was it what he was going through personally that I could understand the meaning of having to change things for yourself, or the curiosity of where the book would end up that made me so curious? I am not sure, but what I do know is you truly will get something out of it.
I have been through the wringer in life, more than my fair share. It took me moving away from my home state of Utah to Colorado before I could understand what all I had been through previously. Just like Paul did, losing his wife made him look within himself for answers, but to what? It is only afterwards that you figure it all out. I did not know what to expect with this book, what I would learn personally from his experienceâ€¦but at the end I did!
This book made me laugh at times, and cry at other times! At the ending two pages, I cried like a babyâ€¦. I am emotional anyway, but this book made me see that it truly is not about the big stuff in life. The big stuff can be taken away at the drop of a hat, what matters most is the little stuff. You spend a long time building your homes, and getting careers going, but not enough on your family and listening to God. This book is not about God, but it will help you to find yourself in one capacity or another. What amazes me, is the feeling I personally had when he finished those 2200 miles, I can only imagine after what Paul went through how HE felt! Great read folks, really great read!
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.