Thursday, November 12, 2015

Four Boots One Journey Book Review

I have another book to share with you today called Four Boots One Journey written by Jeff Alt.
Originally published as an award-winning paperback:  A Hike for Mike. Jeff Alt takes you vicariously along the John Muir Trail, on an entertaining adventure, with his new wife, Beth. Jeff convinces Beth, a woman who prefers hotels, hot showers and warm beds to chuck her domesticated ways and hike over 218-miles which leads to lots of humorous moments. Together, they traverse three national parks, including the highest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney.   
Jeff is compelled to take Beth on a hike after her brother tragically dies by suicide. Jeff thinks the hike will do Beth some good. They walk in her brother's memory as a depression awareness campaign.  The Alt's journey is full of inspiration and adventure; from menacing bears, to lightning bolts, mountain lions, food shortages, and altitude sickness.  Beth discovers the trials and joy of backpacking and they emerge from the trail rejuvenated.
My Thoughts:
This is a great inspirational book for those of you who can do this type of thing to help you refocus on your life and come out on the better end of the stick. This was an amazing 218 miles of hiking and I wouldn't have lasted one day! Of course, both of my knee's have been replaced and I suffer from Fibromyalgia and RA, so this would not have worked for me, but if you are in pretty good shape, I could see where this might challenge a person.
It starts out as a reminder of Beth's brother, but in the end, I think it ended up helping Beth and her husband more than anything else. They had plenty of time to talk and discover things that they didn't know about each other and to reconnect. When there is nothing to do but talk, I guess you finally have to open up and just get it all out.
They had plenty of problems along the way and it would have scared me enough to say I quit but Beth hung in there, so I give her great credit for that.
The other bonus that they got in the end was something that they didn't expect but I am sure it's a story that they will tell for years to come! Remember, that this is a true story!
Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, in the AP, and more. Alt is a celebrated author and a talented speaker. He is the author of Four Boots One JourneyGet Your Kids Hiking, and A Walk for SunshineA Walk for Sunshine, won the Gold in the 2009 Book of the Year awards sponsored by Fore Word Reviews, it took first place winner in the 2009 National Best Books Awards Sponsored by USA Book News, and won a Bronze in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards sponsored by Jenkins Group. 
Get Your Kids Hiking won the Bronze in both the 2014 Living Now Book Awards, and the 2013 IndieFab Award in Family and Relationships. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a path of Ireland.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product.  All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.