Monday, June 9, 2014

"a Short Walk" falls short

Scott Hubbart’s story has the elements needed for a great book. There’s travel, adventure, excitement, tension, faith, but somehow the book, “A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: How My Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death – and Taught Me What Really Matters” (WaterBrook Press, 2014) falls short.
            To be fair, I had my reservations about reviewing this book, but from the available choices, it seemed like the one that I would most enjoy reading. In retrospect, I wish I had waited for the movie. The scenery, the adventure, the touching moments might have come across better on the screen, than on the written page.
            Long story short, the author is in Peru, and decides to do some exploring of his own after hearing stories about his wife’s grandfather. While in the Air Force he’s learned to trust the instruments, but two compasses and expert map reading skills can’t keep him on the route that he should be following. He gets lost, spends several days wandering around in the wilderness, and before his is rescued realizes that some of the things that he may have taken for granted, really do matter.
            This book will appeal to some people, but unfortunately I’m not one of them. Again, all the elements for a great book are in place, but the transition to the written page just didn't work for me.

There is information about the book at:

 "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."


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