After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart - the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life and can change yours as well.
In Hiking Through, you'll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through 14 states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose. Along the way, you'll meet fascinating and funny people, experience trail magic, and discover that every choice we make on the path has consequences for the journey. More than that, you'll come away with a new understanding of God's grace and guidance, even in the smallest things.
©2012 Paul Stutzman (P)2015 Tantor
"Appalachian Trail enthusiasts, hikers, and dreamers will find this story a compelling account of the physicality of coming to terms with life and its sadnesses." (Publishers Weekly)
Loved listening to this ; wonderful introduction to his story with all that led to this undertaking as well as a great description of his personal life journey; it has moving and at times humorous human interactions of his feelings through out. Well done ! I want to do this hike even more after listening to this !
Long drive to get to work and back so i have plenty of time to listen.
He has several revelations or epiphanies on the trail, or I had several revelations or epiphanies while reading about his experience on the trail, or both.
At some point you realize hes sincere and the book becomes personal
If your looking for a good read about the AT this books for you. If your looking for a good read about furthering your relationship with God this books for you. To find one that does them both at the same time is kind of a bit of a miracle.
Some interesting details about the APT but not very technical. The author slowly adds more and more reference to Christianity until the hike is in the background.
Pretty interesting read. I wasn't expecting for it to get extremely religious during most of the book, to the point of having to take a break from listening to it because the author was preaching to the reader. But if hiking and religion is your thing then this is a definite read! But if hiking only is, take it in small sections and it's worth listening to!
I thought I was buying a book about the Appalachian Trail. Instead I got a testimonial about God speaking for the author. I got tired of it and finally after 21 excruciating chapters, quit the book.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Because I hope to hike the Appalachian Trail myself in 2018, I am an avid reader of these travelogues. I knew that this one had a religious bias and while the book certainly does have its preachy moments, I didn't feel this was overdone. The beginning part of the book which described how he came to make the decision to hike the trail was the best part of this book. While it was reasonably well written overall, the story of his own spiritual journey did become a bit repetitive. Hearing more stories about the friends who came and went during his hike could have made this a five star book.
The epilogue explained some of his preachiness.
I would have liked to hear more about the backstory of Padre.
Not enough action for a movie!
The audiobook is a great mix of a personal account of hiking the AT and a spiritual message for all.
This is a wonderful and moving book. It is not only a story about the adventures of hiking the Appalachian Trail but of life, love, loss and rebirth.
To Paul thank you for sharing your heart. For sharing God in a way that was not pushy or judgmental. Your story has touched me and I cannot wait until the time comes when I am able to set out on the AT
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