Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Short Walk to the Edge of Life by Scott Hubbartt

ISBN: 9781601426048
About the book:  "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.

Review: This was a good book and a quick read.  I had trouble putting it down because each chapter left me hanging wondering what was going to happen to him next.  The book is an autobiography of an event in the author's life.  His wife is from Peru, and he became fascinated with the land, culture, people, and especially with his wife's family history and genealogy.

In researching his family history, he learned of some of the different cities that his wife's grandfather lived in.  He also learned that this grandfather owned a gold mine at one time.  Armed with this information, maps, compasses, and supplies, the author attempted a hike from one of these villages to the other.  This hike should have only taken about five to eight hours, but from the beginning he took the wrong trail and became lost.  His compasses did not work because of the metals in the mountains.  Ultimately he would wander 40 miles off course and would be lost for five days.  His greatest need would be for water as he only had about a liter to start with.

This amazing adventure would be used in his life by God to draw him closer to Himself.  The author relates how his first prayers were really selfish prayers and could easily be understood why they went unanswered.  Along the way, he would let go of his own intelligence and experience and just trust God to meet his needs and to be rescued.  It was a wonderful, tragic story of faith and placed in a book, now becomes something that all can share in and grow from. (reviewed by B.Lyles)
We received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

1 comment:

  1. I think my husband would really enjoy this book. Will have to tuck it away as a gift idea for him. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Always love having you there!


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