Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - A Walk for Sunshine

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book Review - A Walk for Sunshine

About the Book
A Walk For Sunshine is an award winning adventure story that will fill you with inspiration to go after your dreams. Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his amazing 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humor and inspiration.  Now, he includes practical advice to plan your own hiking adventure.
Alt takes you along on an entertaining walk with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this adventure for a noble cause. Jeff dedicated his journey to his brother who has cerebral palsy inspiring an annual fundraiser which has raised over $180,000 for the disabled home in which his brother resides. A Walk For Sunshine has been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, reviewed by the AP, and more. As you walk along with Jeff, you experience perseverance, surviving with only the bare essentials, the success of goal setting, and overcoming obstacles. His story sheds light on the pursuit of a simpler life. In 2007, Jeff shared an epilogue focusing on his Life Lessons from the trail and how he has applied them to his life.

THE NEW 3rd EDITION: of A Walk For Sunshine includes Gear ideas and other tips for taking your whole family hiking, and details about the annual Walk-With-Sunshine.  We've taken the outdoor "leave no trace" ethic and applied it to A Walk For Sunshine. This edition is printed on 100% recycled paper.

About the Author
In addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, Jeff Alt has walked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and trekked across a 50-mile path of Ireland with his wife, young daughter, and extended family. He and his wife emerged from the church doors on their wedding day with backpacks.  His son was taken on his first hike at 8 weeks. 

Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). His adventures have been featured in media nationwide including: ESPN, Hallmark Channel, the AP, CNN-Radio, NPR, and more. Alt's award-winning books, A Walk for Sunshine and A Hike for Mike, have been reviewed in Library Journal, Chicago Sun Times and more.

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My Take on the Book
I have read numerous tales of people taking on the Trail, with the most recent being Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods. In all of these books you are given the true reality of the Appalachian Trail and the realities that it provides to those that try to conquer it. This book is similar. What I liked about this book though is the honesty of the author and the reasons for his journey. While this book is not like Bryson's, I mention it to make the connection to others writing about their experiences on the trail itself.

I was inspired by the author's tenacity, will and fortitude through the difficult hike. You can tell that he loves what he does and that he wishes to share his love for the outdoors with anyone that will listen. As a father Jeff has done a great job at writing a book that he can share with his and others' children about the importance oof nature and being active, while at the same time, having goals and sticking to them.

As a reader you get the full honesty of this writer on the highs and lows of the trip itself which is wonderfully refreshing. I liked the fact that he was honest about his preparation for the hike and stresses the importance of this preparation, as many people start the Appalachian Trail with too little preparation.

This book is a wonderful one that I would recommend to all. As a father I loved the message and thought that it would be a great story to share with my own kids as they get older!

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