You don't have to be a Catholic or a runner to appreciate Jeff Grabosky's message in the book. Though I am a Catholic, I am definitely NOT a runner. However, I could hardly put this book down because I recognized so many situations in my own life that paralleled his account of the journey. If you have ever taken on a new adventure, career, direction, etc. in your life and found that once you began, you asked yourself, "What was I thinking?" or "What did I get myself into and will I survive it?" you will find validation in Jeff's words. The emotional ups and downs he relates gives the reader a sense that these experiences are all part of the journey and not a sign that one has made a mistake in taking on the goal. In particular, the feelings of profound loneliness, sadness, and "emotional boundaries that are worn down" (thank you, Jeff, for using that term because I thought I was just lacking coping skills when in fact it was simply part of the "ride"). I don't want to sound like it's all negative. The moments of pure joy at the smallest of gestures on the part of perfect strangers and the feeling of finally reaching the goal inspire the reader to press on through life's challenges. "Rest if you must, but don't quit" (an excerpt from a poem my grandmother you used to refer to while I was growing up). Finally, on the spiritual side and life's bigger picture, we can put our pain, suffering, despair, boredom, loneliness, and lack of direction into better perspective if we place our focus on relieving the pain in others. Miracles happen when we release our self-centered behavior and help carry another's burdens. Jeff is living proof that God's grace can carry us through anything life throws our way and the power of prayer is infinite.