While I have read over a dozen books by AT hikers, this is the first one written by a minister. I think the title should have been "A ministerial journey" as that was definnitely the focus of this mans hike. Everyone he met was questioned about his faith. I guess it was not my my favorite book on the AT but I will still keep it on my bookshelf. A "fair" read is my opinion.
Chenowith brings to life the thrill of the trail. You can experience his joys in crashing out and enjoying the view from a shelter after a long day's hike, or you can sympathize with him as he is hiking in knee-deep snow in the late spring or spending an uncomfortable night in the meager shelter afforded by two bolders.
But what really makes this book work is the do-able dream aspect. Chenowith is a working man with time demands, who could not take off six or eight months to hike the entire trail at once. But he found a way, by hiking two weeks or so a year over fourteen years. His book provides valuable insight into doing a section hike and making such a dream possible.
At times Chenowith seemes to take the reader right to the threshold of a good story about another hiker, a trail angel, etc., but then moves on without elaborating further. Nevertheless, this book is a worthwhile read to anyone desiring to hike the AT, especially one who, like most of us, must accomplish their dream in bites.
The description indicates that the author, Lon Chenowith, is a man of faith who is going to share about his personal journey which includes his relationship with God. If you are looking to read a story that has information about his journey on the trail, stories about his encounters with other hikers among the trees, and moments where you get to know the author's heart on matters of faith, then this is the book for you. If you find faith and God offensive, then by no means is this book for you.
What a thrilling experience this must have been! If I were not so afraid of "bugs and snakes and bears--Oh My!", I would love to hike the Appalachian Trail. Therefore, if you are considering this adventure, I strongly suggest that you read this book.
Yes, as a man of God, Lon expresses his Christian beliefs through his experiences on the trail. He is fulfilling his duty as a Christian minister to share the gospel in his walk through this life whether he be on the Appalachian Trail or perhaps in a store sharing. Jesus is a Christian's business.
Please IGNORE the unhelpful comments above. Lon Chenowith is a pleasant person who writes about his Appalachian trail walking while drawing on his CHRISTIAN belief system. If that is what you want to read, sir/miss/ma'am then GO BUY THIS BOOK & ENJOY it.