I just got the most wonderful book in the mail today. It’s called Hiking Through: Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail by Paul V. Stutzman. Paul queried me about a tour before Christmas and was I excited to finally get the book in the mail.
What makes this book so unique is that the story evolved after Paul’s wife died from breast cancer and he decided to take some time and heal by trekking across the Appalachian Trail. Does that sound like a great book or what?
Here’s a bit from the back cover:
“As dusk settled over the highlands, I summoned just enough energy to scramble up one of the rock formations and watch the last glimmers of the setting sun fade behind the rolling peaks. From my roost on the rock, I looked over our three tents arranged on the green grass of the bald, and found myself smiling at the absurdity of this moment of my life. I am sitting on a rock somewhere in Virginia. All my belongings, everything I depend upon for survival, are in my tent. I quite my job. All I do is walk all day. I should be lonely – and often I am – but something is very different. Smething that has been eluding me for years has finally overtaken me. Contentment. I’ve been living life too fast. But now that Im traveling at two miles per hour, contentment has caught up with me.”
“It always happens to someone else. A dreaded knock on the door late at night while parents lie in bed wondering why a child is not yet home. A call from the hospital saying a spouse is waiting in the emergency room and heart-wrenching decisions need to be made. For me, it had always happened to someone else; the bony finger of death had lifted people out of my sphere, but so far that grim reaper had only been working on the periphery of my life.
That all changed with one phone call.”
We haven’t really confirmed which month he’s touring, waiting back on that, but if anyone would like to host Paul (either February/March or March/April), send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and please put “I want to host Paul Stutzman” in the subject line.
This book I have a feeling is going to be a terrific read. You can visit Paul’s website at www.hikingthrough.com. Terrific pictures you don’t want to miss.