Overcoming Challenges At Work And Home Sometimes Takes Inspiration As Well As Persperation
Recently, OlyLife was asked if we would take a bit of time to read THE WALK - Reflections on Life and Faith From the Appalachian Trail, by Randy Motz and Georgia Harris; and if we would be willing to share our candid review with our readers. Admittedly, after receiving the book in the mail, we were thinking that this commitment was just another item on the to do pile, however, after beginning the book, the intriguing and inspirational journey moved rapidly from being a chore to a pleasurable and spiritually uplifting experience.
The Appalachian Trail as a Spiritual Path
Perhaps you never thought of the Appalachian Trail as a spiritual path, I know we never did. The saga of “Windtalker” and “Mom” as they struggle against the immense forces of nature to complete the grueling challenge of continuously hiking well over 2,200 hundred miles of this nation’s longest marked footpath through eight national forests, and mountainous region comprising 14 states from Georgia to Maine, offers majestic beauty, cold reality, emotional peaks and valleys, as well as faith stretching spiritual insights. Through the trials and accomplishments of a couple’s mission to achieve the significant accomplishment of hiking the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end, we the readers gain meaningful spiritual inspiration applicable to our everyday lives in the areas of faith, prayer, perseverance, family/community, pride/humility, materialism vs simplicity, and service. This inspiring true account is filled with well written narrative as well as relevant and thought provoking quotations and biblical verse which provide for a deeper appreciation of the spiritual transformations that occur when we bring our heavenly Creator into our earthly struggles against nature and our own frailties.
The Walk Offers Wisdom As You Progress In Your Spiritual Path
“What you generally find is that the easy way is seldom the right way.” The Walk, is full of practical life lessons that become clearly elucidated in the telling of the journey through the Appalachian Trail. In addition to the challenges of feeding yourself as you live for six months in nature, it became clear that it was also important to keep the faith and character strong by turning the heart, soul and mind toward the one who created it all. ”Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 The spiritual inspiration is present in the dreams, challenges, set backs, beauty, and accomplishments throughout this well told and engaging account. This is a book that we believe would be best served sipped as evening bed time or morning daily reflection as opposed to reading it in a couple of sittings. In fact, OlyLife is going to read it again at a slower pace, so that we can soak up in full the blessings that come from absorbing the spiritual reflections and applications for our own lives. ”When you do life with people it changes you.” say Randy Motz and Georgia Harris, and indeed OlyLife feels as though our vicarious journey through the Appalachian Trail with “Windtalker” and “Mom” has left an indelible mark on our lives. Certainly, our view and appreciation of the Appalachian region will forever have the halo of this couple’s remarkable and spiritually beautiful journey.
Improving Your Spiritual Path – THE WALK
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, OlyLife suggests that you can improve your walk along your own spiritual path if you take some time to read The Walk and reflect upon the life and faith lessons that leap off of the pages of this well told account of a couple’s journey on the Appalachian Trail. Our hope is that you too will find meaningful nuggets that will help you deal with challenges at the office or at home. If you take time to reflect on God’s awesome power and grace as reflected through the eyes of this faithful couple, you will indeed be closer to making the most of your one and only life – That’s OlyLife!
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