21 May 2014

A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: How My Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death — and Taught Me What Really Matters by Scott Hubbartt

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"They say I'm crazy. That's OK. I'm just curious and determined."
—From Scott Hubbartt's diary, November 2, 2011

How Could He Possibly Make It Out Alive?

It was supposed to be a simple day hike. Scott Hubbartt was a military veteran with years of survival training. Everyone who knew him considered him an expert adventurer.

But Scott’s trek into the treacherous backcountry canyons of the Peruvian Andes turned into a desperate fight to survive after he became hopelessly lost. As his eight-hour hike lengthened into days, Scott faced dehydration, hunger, and exhaustion. And that’s when his true journey began.

Chronicling the failures and miracles of a remarkable physical and spiritual passage, A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is the gripping, true story of a man who had to come to the end of himself before he could find his way home.

What an incredible adventure – or, I suppose, more aptly, misadventure. I could not put it down. Scott Hubbartt’s A Short Walk to the Edge of Life captures my attention because I love to hike – with my fair share of misadventures – yet none of my experiences have come anywhere near this epic. It boggles my mind to think of an eight-hour hike becoming a five-day trek, yet it happened to Hubbartt – and now he has a crazy, thought-provoking testament to God’s miraculous power and peace. A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is an engaging and enthralling read, serving as a great reminder of how God chooses to use faults and failures for greater, glorious purposes. Even now, He shows Himself in the wilderness, in the face of weakness. A truly powerful, captivating story. I definitely recommend A Short Walk to the Edge of Life, and I thank the Blogging for Books program for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for a review. 

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