Mountains, Madness, & Miracles: 4,000 Miles Along the Appalachian Trail

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In this look into a lifelong dream of adventure, Lauralee Bliss or "Blissful" (her trail name) reflects on the 4,000 mile journey she undertook with her teen son, hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, and then again from Maine to Georgia as a solo hiker.

Through the retelling of events from the hikes, Blissful compares the adventure to life's journey. Encountering the miraculous through the numerous challenges she faced, she found...

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Mountains, Madness, & Miracles: 4,000 Miles Along the Appalachian Trail

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Overview

In this look into a lifelong dream of adventure, Lauralee Bliss or "Blissful" (her trail name) reflects on the 4,000 mile journey she undertook with her teen son, hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, and then again from Maine to Georgia as a solo hiker.

Through the retelling of events from the hikes, Blissful compares the adventure to life's journey. Encountering the miraculous through the numerous challenges she faced, she found a new understanding of the Creator and His creation.

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Editorial Reviews

Author of BLIND COURAGE - Bill Irwin
"I cannot even imagine anyone else who had so many obstacles to encounter than Lauralee and she did it like a champ. You must read this great and inspiring book; it will literally change your life!"
Author of HIKING THROUGH - Paul Stutzman
Whether you are an armchair reader or planning a hike of the 2,176 mile trail, this book explains in vivid details what it takes to accomplish such a life changing adventure. The pain, the emotions, and the spiritual applications will keep you turning pages. Just when you think the author can't take any more discomfort she turns around and hikes it again in the opposite direction!
Author (Becoming Odyssa and Called Again), speaker, and world-record hiker - Jennifer Pharr Davis
Bliss shows us that miracles abound in the wilderness. And she demonstrates that following your own path is not as crazy as it may seem. Mountains, Madness, and Miracles proves that every journey is filled with providence and grace if we know where to look for it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939023100
  • Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,037,373
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauralee Bliss (Blissful) is an avid adventurer, having hiked the entire Appalachian Trail twice from Georgia to Maine and from Maine to Georgia, one of only 25 women to accomplish this feat. Lauralee is also a published author of over twenty romance novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary with nearly 600,000 sold. Besides hiking and writing a good book, she enjoys travelingvisiting 49 out of 50 states and photographing the scenic beauty of the US. She makes her home in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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  • Posted November 11, 2013

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    When I first started this book, I wasn't sure what I'd get out o

    When I first started this book, I wasn't sure what I'd get out of it. You see, I'm not a hiker, or an outdoors person (at least not anymore). I'm a chronically ill, highly fatigued person--my out of doors days are over. But, I used to fish with my dad, and we'd hike up to the mouth of creeks and rivers for miles for the fun of it. And this book helped me remember those trips and the desire to be out in God's creation for the sake of being out in it and seeing His glory. Surprisingly, I found many things I could identify with: getting up in the morning when you ache all over, persevering through the day when all you want to do it huddle down and pretend it doesn't exist, striving for something better, yearning to reach a goal you feel impassioned about, but aren't sure you'll succeed (and trying anyway). I feel those things in my daily life--even if I never put a foot to a mountain. I appreciated the open honesty of the author to reach for her dreams, and yet not be sure she would reach it. I loved learning about the 'trail angels', those instant life-long friends who know what you're going through and share few common ideals or bonds except to finish, and finish well. I found this an interesting as well as inspirational read of a woman over coming obstacles, embracing hardships, and gathering her strength from the Lord to continue on, one trail, one hill, even one bolder at a time.

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