Hiking Through: Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail (2020)

Hiking Through Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail 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 mile stretch o
  • Title: Hiking Through: Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail
  • Author: Paul V. Stutzman
  • ISBN: 9780984076055
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 spectaculAfter 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.
    Hiking Through Finding Peace and Freedom on the Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman is the story of one man s journey on the Appalachian trail, through grief, and to understanding about God Stutzman spent his life working at a restaurant to make enough money for he and his wife to enjoy when he retired Unfortunately, his wife, Mary, died of breast cancer, Hiking Through One Man s Journey To Peace And Freedom On Aug , Hiking Through One Man s Journey To Peace And Freedom On The Appalachian Trail Paul Stutzman on FREE shipping on qualifying offers With breathtaking descriptions and humorous anecdotes from his , mile journey along the Appalachian Trail Hiking Through Finding Peace and Freedom on the Hiking Through is a wonderful narrative of Paul s journey to rediscover himself, to shed stress and grief, renew his faith and to learn to be truly happy Hiking Through is written in a warm, witty, and friendly tone, as though he is speaking directly to the reader Throughout the book, Paul shares his life experiences, those of fellow hikers, and the lessons he learned throughout his long journey hiking Paul Stutzman Hiking Through Hiking Through One man s journey to peace and freedom on the Appalachian Trail When Paul s wife Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer, life as he had known it began to disintegrate When she died, there was no way to make life normal again Paul had often dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Thru Hiking Basics Tips REI Expert Advice Pick a shorter trail A trail like the Superior Hiking Trail meanders than miles along Minnesota s Lake Superior shoreline Your time commitment is a little less than a month You can find dozens of similar length trails around the country Consider section hiking Some hikers do a single section of a classic thru trail The John Muir Trail, for example, is a spectacular mile stretch of Hiking for Beginners Getting Started REI Expert Advice Before you start your search for the perfect hike, it s helpful to think through a few things, such as Your fitness level Honestly assess what kind of shape you re in Distance Think about how many miles and hours you re comfortable hiking Elevation gain The amount of elevation gain
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    1. I m being generous with the three stars I feel like I m somewhere between 2.5 and 3 on this book However, the problems I had are my own and mostly due to the fact that I didn t read the back cover closely before buying the book and so I wasn t prepared for how much of it is about the author s relationship with God.I m fascinated by long distance hiking and I have read many books on this subject The people who tend to go on these adventures are usually driven by something other than love of the o [...]

    2. This book appealed to me for so many reasons I don t even know where to start First of all, I love memoirs, they are all I read before I got hooked on Christian fiction Second, I love to read books about nature and adventures I ll likely never see I also love books about healing that are written by people who have experienced the very healing that the book is about Hiking Through was exactly the book I was hoping it would be I have had a difficult time watching my dad deal with the grief of my m [...]

    3. I really enjoy auto biographical accounts like this one That s the only reason I gave it 2 stars Other than enjoying the account of one man s journey along the Appalachian Trail, this book had another purpose You learn of the author s religious background as a Mennonite which is an interesting account Around mid way through the book, however, things start to take an odd turn and it s clear that the author s religious base is becoming very mystical Unfortunately, this is not too far afield from w [...]

    4. Public library copy I suppose I found this book here, on , but I don t remember I didn t know the author is a Christian until I got the book ordered from another library.This book is a life changer A must read for anyone with any interest in the Appalachian Trail or in living in relationship with God or both Don t be scared away if you re not interested in the spiritual aspects This book is purely a trail account, with blue blazes for the spiritual seriously, I don t see how it could offend any [...]

    5. Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman is the story of one man s journey on the Appalachian trail, through grief, and to understanding about God Stutzman spent his life working at a restaurant to make enough money for he and his wife to enjoy when he retired Unfortunately, his wife, Mary, died of breast cancer, and he was left along and struggling with guilt, grief, and depression He decided to fulfill a life long dream of hiking the entire Appalachian trail, all 2,176 miles and fourteen states as a wa [...]

    6. MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOKWhen Paul Stutzman s wife passed away from breast cancer, even though life had to go on, it didn t help the feelings of grief, hurt, being abandoned by God, and missing his wife Mary After a year, Paul decided to quit his job and restaurant manager and hikeaway his grief on the Appalachian Trail I love the Appalachian Mountains, and having visited quite a bit, I can see why the author chose this setting as his place of healing And of course there were the questions, did h [...]

    7. I am surprised by all of the five star reviews of this book I have been interested in reading about hiking the Appalachian trail for some time, ever since I read Bill Bryson s book, A Walk in the Woods That book for me was soooo much better If you don t want to be bombarded with religion, avoid Hiking Through Many reviewers spoke of the colorful characters that the author met along the way, but I felt that any he mentioned were completely undeveloped Why, for instance, is Einstein called that No [...]

    8. Mr Stutzman faced one of the biggest fears we married people face he lost his beloved wife far too soon They worked hard They had plans for retirement Big dreams But because of cancer Mr Stutzman was left with an overwhelming feeling of loss, of why and of not having appreciated his wife nearly enough So with not just a little bit of fear but a lot of faith in his God he set off on one of his biggest dreams a hike through of the Appalachian Trail.I think this book appealed to me because when I w [...]

    9. In order to put into context why I gave this book 5 stars I started reading it yesterday morning and finished it at midnight, not having done much else all day After his wife dies of cancer Paul Stutzman hikes the whole of the appalachian trail in order to come to terms with her death, work out his relationship with God and fulfill a promise he had made to himself whilst she was alive This book had me gripped from the get go From the inital preparations for the hike, to the very final step I fel [...]

    10. This is not the first book I ve found about hiking the Appalachian Trail, nor will it be the last What makes this book different is the message and the reason behind it When Mr Stutzman s wife died, he realized that all he worked for was nothing compared to what he lost with his wife The importance was spending time with your loved ones, and live each day like it s your last with them He took that message along with him on his 5 month trip on the Appalachian Trail.Mr Stutzman writes his adventur [...]

    11. This is the second and inspiring book I ve read about thru hiking the Appalachian Trail I want to achieve that goal myself someday, even so after reading this account Stutzman s journey was one of seeking peace, freedom, and a personal relationship to God As an agnostic, I couldn t relate to his losing religion but gaining spirituality, as he put it For a man born and raised in a strict Mennonite family with its stringent traditions, he impressed me with his relative open mindedness when encou [...]

    12. After suffering the loss of his wife to cancer, Paul Stutzman gave up his career in the restaurant business to pursue a longtime dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail In his book, Hiking Through , the reader will not only accompany him on his physical journey, but on his spiritual journey as well.This book has appeal for different types of readers on different levels For those who dream of hiking the trail or those who already have , for lovers of the outdoors, people who seek adventure if only [...]

    13. Title HIKING THROUGHAuthor Paul StutzmanPublisher RevellMarch 2012ISBN 978 0 8007 2053 7Genre Inspirational MemoirMemoirs are not generally a genre I enjoy reading, but HIKING THROUGH caught my attention I ve always been fascinated by the Appalachian Trail and one of my sons have mentioned wanting to someday hike the trail, so I thought this book sounded interesting Paul Stutzman s wife, Mary, died of breast cancer a disease I was unfortunate enough to get and battle, but so far, with the Lord s [...]

    14. Too much religion Just too much Christianity The author is shocked that he gets along with a Catholic priest that kind of Christianity I am completely lost as to why the subtitle does not reflect this, especially has he tries to convince the reader that God talks to him and you too just listen GAH.The hiking parts other than when he thinks God is talking to him are pretty good I find it fascinating that so many middle aged men head out on the trail after their wives have died As a woman who real [...]

    15. Paul Stutzman dreamed of through hiking the Appalachian Trail all his life, but life got ahead of him After losing his wife to breast cancer Paul decided to take a risk he quit his job of seventeen years and set out on the trail On his nearly 2,200 mile journey from Georgia to Maine Paul dealt with extreme loneliness and brutal trail conditions, as well as, breathtaking vistas and irreplaceable trail camaraderie Embarking on one of the most famous hikes in the world Paul learned that God had bee [...]

    16. I liked this book The story chronicles the experience of Paul Stutzman, who had recently lost his wife to breast cancer, and who had now embarked on a thru hike of the 2,168 mile Appalachian Trail It was his attempt to fine peace, hope, recovery from his grief, and a meaningful relationship with God Through five difficult months hiking the trail, he was able to realize all his goals.The book is a very entertaining description of life on the AT, the interesting relationships that one makes, and [...]

    17. I picked up this book in the hospital gift shop when our son had to unexpectedly spend a second night there after the placement of a new pacemaker I can see why it was included among the relatively few titles there Stutzman, after losing his wife to cancer, sets off to accomplish a grueling physical as well as spiritual journey by hiking through the entire length of the Appalachian Trail This is an easy and engaging read I found it a welcome companion for that mostly restless night who can possi [...]

    18. Wonderful wonderful book He is funny and has an amazing story to tell It is my dream to also hike the AT once the kids are grown and this book brought it to life along with a wonderful personal journey with God.

    19. Stutzman writes in an easy and humorous to read manner, talking about his Appalachian Trail experience While his wife is dying, he makes a promise to hike the Trail There is a need to figure out how to live his own life The book walks through his decision, and anxieties, to take to the trail after quitting his job He then makes friends and explores both, his needs and his desire to fill the hole his wife left in his life Along the way, there are many companions acquired.The trail is both a vehic [...]

    20. I ve embarked on my own small scale walking project for 2018 and have been reading walking books for inspiration My favorite thing about Hiking Through was learning about the logistics of walking the Appalachian Trail hiker logs, food boxes, shelters, B Bs It was cool to see how through hikers are constantly moving between loneliness and community, wilderness and civilization Stutzman s walk took place in 2008 so I m curious to know if the prevalence of smart phones has changed the way hikers me [...]

    21. Absorbing and SurprisingYou might think a book about one man s 2,176 mile thru hike of the Appalachian Trail would be repetitive and boring, but you would be wrong It was an absorbing tale that became surprising when I learned that I am related to the author My great great great great great great grandfather, the immigrant Jacob Hochstetler, is also his ancestor Amazing.

    22. Nicely written book equating hiking the trail with a spiritual quest Book was given to me by a friend that I ve hiked a section of the AT with In spite of my own disbelief in a higher power, I enjoyed reading about many of the places I had also passed through on the Appalachian Trail.

    23. It s a life changing storyI felt as though I was walking along with Paul the entire trip His descriptions are beautiful and the relationships he acquired on the trail are inspirational I loved it Now, I will pass this forward Thanks Paul

    24. Normally when I discover that a book has no negative reviews, I m very skeptical I know how unrealistic it is to think that every reader will adore every book the same way When it comes to Hiking Through, however, I can understand why every review I ve seen, so far, has been 4 or 5 stars It s terrific.I m not an outdoorsy person I hate camping and I hyperventilate at the thought of aerobic exercise, although I do enjoy walking I ve done, and mostly enjoyed, short hikes here and there over the co [...]

    25. The beginning of this book was awesome The description of the author s wife and her brave battle during cancer was inspiring and heart breaking I often found myself in tears and I shared the suffering of the author As someone who completed a 400 mile pilgrimage in Spain The Camino de Santiago and wrote a book about it Riding the Camino Dragon , I was thrilled in anticipation of the author s trail adventure Although many of the location and fellow hiker descriptions were great, the book declined [...]

    26. Unless it s the most important thing in your life at the time, you probably won t finish Paul Stutzman decided to make some big changes after his wife Mary died from breast cancer Twelve months after Mary s death, Paul quit his job and set out on a through hike of the Appalachian Trail a 2176 mile journey spanning fourteen states.The physical journey took almost five months I suspect that the spiritual journey will never end During his journey, Paul battled difficult trail conditions and experie [...]

    27. For those of you who don t believe in God, my thoughts on life, death, and eternity will make no sense If you came here to read an adventure book, just skip ahead a few paragraphs while I talk with those who have suffered a devastating loss in life Page 298.Maybe it s a book about finding God Maybe it s a book about taking a journey and seeing what we re made of As someone who someday hopes to walk the walk of the Appalacian Trail, I find both of those views acceptable If you don t like people t [...]

    28. A gentle AT travelogue, it you can call the AT gentle Other than an interesting update on the 1981 AT murderer and an encounter with a rabbit on steroids, not much drama on the trail More about the fellow hikers he encounters and how the experience broadens his horizons Yes, this recently widowed Mennonite spends some talking and hiking with God and a backpacking priest but his trail theology is very palatable A pleasant, healing walk in the woods and lovely transition to his new phase of life.

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