Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Hiking Through (Review)

When Paul Stuzman's wife died of cancer, he made a decision to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Sounds simple.

But in reality, Stutzman found that the trip was not only more difficult than he anticipated, he found himself changed from the experience.

In his book, Hiking Through, Stutzman mixes memories of his journey with his spiritual discoveries - creating a spiritual memoir that is both unique and interesting.

I really like spiritual memoirs. I like how "normal" people find spiritual insight in their everyday lives.

I thought this was an authentic journey of self discovery. I really enjoyed reading it. In fact, Stuzman's stories really brought the trail alive.

I think this is a book that you could give to a guy in your life - but also enjoy it for yourself.

On the scale of one to five, it's definitely a solid three and a half, maybe even a four. It may not be a "traditional" trail journal, but it truly is authentic and honest. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you take time to read this book.

More About The Book
(From The Publisher)
A life-changing journey begins with a single step

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 fourteen 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.

About The Author
Paul Stutzman is a former restaurant manager who left his career after his wife's death from breast cancer. He hiked the Appalachian Trail in search of peace, healing, and freedom. His passion and mission is to share what he learned on that remarkable journey. Paul grew up in the Mennonite church. When he is not hiking or on a cross-country bike ride he makes his home in Berlin, Ohio.

Online Resources
Read excerpts from the book here:
or here (from the publisher)

Read the author's trip journal (from 2008)

Read more about the book here:

Buy it online
@ Amazon
@ Barnes & Noble

Check out the author's website here:

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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