Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph

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In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis became the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. By hiking 2,181 miles in 46 days -- an average of 47 miles per day -- she became the first female to ever set that mark. But this is not a book about records or numbers; this is a book about endurance and faith, and most of all love.

The most amazing part of this story is not found at the finish, but is discovered through the many challenges, lessons and relationships that present ...

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Overview


In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis became the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. By hiking 2,181 miles in 46 days -- an average of 47 miles per day -- she became the first female to ever set that mark. But this is not a book about records or numbers; this is a book about endurance and faith, and most of all love.

The most amazing part of this story is not found at the finish, but is discovered through the many challenges, lessons and relationships that present themselves along the trail. This is Jennifer's story, in her own words, about how she started this journey with a love for hiking and more significantly a love for her husband Brew. Together, they were able to overcome rugged mountains and raging rivers, sleet storms and 100 degree heat, shin-splints and illnesses. They made new friends and tested old friendships; they shared together laughter, and tears -- a lot of tears. But, through it all, they fell more in love with one another and with the wilderness.

By completing this extraordinary amateur feat, Jennifer rose above the culture of multi-million dollar sports contracts that is marked by shortcuts and steroids. This is the story of a real person doing something remarkable. Jennifer Pharr Davis is a modern role-model for women -- and men. She is an authentic hero.

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Davis, an Ashville, N.C., native and intrepid hiker, returns to the Appalachian Trail (Becoming Odyssa) to chronicle in this modest work, her record-breaking hike in 2011 from Maine to North Carolina in just over 46 days—2,181 miles at an average of 47 miles a day. After a devastating heartbreak in 2007 at age 24, Davis plunged back into her hiking as a way of healing and finding new purpose, making short work of Vermont’s 272-mile Long Trail by herself in August 2007. With her husband Brew, the newlyweds resolved to take on the Appalachian Trail together, he accompanying her as support as she aimed to attack first the women’s record in August 2008, then the men’s record set by Andrew Thompson in 2005. In June 2011, Davis set out again, but this time the trail and pace proved grueling, and she developed ailments including shin splints and gastrointestinal upsets. She infuses her straightforward account with spiritual elements, deeming her hiking adventures a kind of Christian “calling” by using her “gift and talents to their fullest potential.” In the end, this account will inspire others to take to the trails. (June)
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A celebrated long-distance hiker's account of how she captured the Appalachian Trail speed-hiking record. For Davis, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail was no ordinary footpath. It was the place where she had met her first love, a man who broke her heart in 2007. Four years later, it became the place to which she once again felt "called" by God to "praise Him with the talents and gifts He had given me." Davis had by then married a fellow Christian named Brew who had been helping her do something totally new: supported hikes. With his help, she broke the women's thru-hiking record in 2008. She did not attempt the overall record until 2011, however, since she knew it would involve her somewhat reluctant then-boyfriend Brew. "I don't know if my husband would ever have agreed to such a difficult, thankless task if we hadn't planned the adventure directly after we got engaged," she writes. Davis began her marathon hike in the rugged mountains of Maine, following the A.T. through 12 other states and into "the heart of backcountry Georgia." Brew faithfully met her with food and water at designated stopping points, while fellow hiking enthusiasts accompanied her along portions of the trail. Over 46 grueling days, Davis endured injuries, illness, emotional meltdowns, sleet storms, extreme heat and stifling humidity, all of which tested the limits of her mind, body, marriage and friendships. In the end, she discovered that her 2,181-mile journey was not just about living out a dream, but about understanding the nature of love. Like the A.T. itself, "love is not always easy and not always fun." At the same time, it is the truest way to becoming "your best self." A serviceably written yet inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825306938
  • Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/10/2013
  • Sales rank: 382,056
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed her love of hiking. At age twenty-one, she hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell in love with long-distance backpacking. Jennifer holds endurance records including the overall Appalachian Trail record, completing the trail in forty-six days.
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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Jennifer Pharr Davis is an incredible athlete and a gifted write

    Jennifer Pharr Davis is an incredible athlete and a gifted writer. But in this memoir of her latest accomplishment, breaking the world record for the fastest Appalachian Trail hike, it is not the glamour and giddiness of the feat. Rather the book outlines the true grit, struggles, the trials, the strength when there is none to be found, in order to accomplish this amazing feat. She makes no bones about it when she credits it all to her husband and also the many people who helped her along the way. This book is not so much about Jennifer’s remarkable feat, which is indeed a triumph. Rather it is a gift to the enduring legacy of faith and of loved ones who bear the banner of confidence and support as we seek to realize our dreams in life. Without faith and love there would be no hope, and for Jenn, no record.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Love, love, love!!!!

    Loved the book. A continuation of Becoming Odyssa. Such a great read.

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