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A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: How My Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death--and Taught Me What Really Matters Paperback – May 6, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601426046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601426048
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for A Short Walk to the Edge of Life

“Think Robert Frost meets The Worst-Case Scenario handbook. Reading A Short Walk to the Edge of Life took me on the worst possible ‘road not taken,’ and even though I feel beaten up and drained emotionally, my spirits are lifted. Indeed, his journey has made all the difference.”
—Eric Blehm, New York Times best-selling author of Fearless

“I feel and understand the writer’s suffering as he clung to life in a most rugged environment. While Scott Hubbartt expresses disappointments, he still was willing to pursue the ideal point of his destination. As a Holocaust survivor, I can relate his determination to mine. In my own way I, too, walked to the edge of life. When people are in a peril of life, Scott Hubbartt’s book A Short Walk to the Edge of Life could serve them well in reaching their attainable goals. I strongly endorse this book.”
—Boris Kacel, author of From Hell to Redemption

“A true story that makes a compelling read. Scott Hubbartt tells it as it happened. A real-life experience and a refreshing change from the mundane.”
—Norman Brackenridge, volunteer in humanitarian endeavors worldwide

“This is a gripping, real-life account of retired air force veteran Scott Hubbartt, who set off on foot for what he thought would be a simple day hike. Instead, the trek became a near-death experience. Readers will find his telling of the journey—and its unexpected and dramatic detour—is as entertaining as it is profound. You are drawn into the story, feeling as if you are walking with Scott along the treacherous slopes of the Andes or tasting the last drops of life-giving water when his very survival is in doubt. Along with witnessing his courage, you will share in Scott’s epiphany
about faith and love and will celebrate his rescue and recommitment to the things that matter most in life. This is a must-read story that will entertain and inspire with each turn of the page!”
—Larry K. Grundhauser, Brigadier General, US Air Force (Retired)

“What was meant to be a short walk in the Peruvian puna turned out to be a four-day battle of survival for Scott Hubbartt in which he not only faced the edge of physical endurance in the most difficult conditions but also touched the depths of a man’s solitary struggle, both emotionally and spiritually. In this precarious moment, Hubbartt gathered all his strength, hope, and confidence, while turning to higher and divine wisdom. His touching and powerful story is a plea for faith, humility, and gratefulness.”
—Erika Schuh, author, traveler, and international volunteer

From the Author

     This is not just a book about survival in was admitably a challenging and life threatening environment.  It is the story of a hard fought journey of personal discovery and a re-evaluation of life's priorities.  Everyone will find something here to relate to and perhaps do some reflection on their own walk in life. 
     On another note...I love Peru and ALL travel, and I encourage everyone to trust God and take a walk!

Scott

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A truly powerful, captivating story.
H.
Scott's testimony paralleled my own feelings in the midst of a very different sort of trial, and was both inspiring and encouraging to me.
theresa
I could not put the book down until I read it to the end, it took me almost 7 hours to read it and it was worth it.
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Format: Paperback
In “A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: How my simple adventure became a dance with death – and taught me what really matters” Scott Hubbartt has written an extremely open account of the results of his over-confidence and poor judgment. He includes not only his physical trials that threaten his life, but the spiritual reawakening that sustains his courage and faith in every step.

Hubbartt starts his very personal story by acknowledging his conceit in his own abilities. Getting lost on a treacherous trail in the backcountry of the treacherous Peruvian Andes and fighting to survive bitter cold while he struggles with lack of food, water and sleep brings him to the humblest place of human psyche and allows true growth of spirit to begin. He continues to take the reader day-by-day through each peril he faced and each revelation he acquires. To read this book is to share his journey. This is definitely a journey worth taking.
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By theresa on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a powerful testimony of the author's experience getting lost in the intense terrain of the Peruvian Andes for five days with no food or water, and minimal equipment. His trip was intended to be a short day hike, spurned by his desire to trace the genealogy and locations of his Peruvian-born wife's family. As a decorated military veteran and experienced outdoors-man, he did not expect his journey to become a fight for survival--rescued only though the Lord's miraculous provision and guidance.

It is a small book (only about 160 pages), but one with a very valuable message. The beginning starts out a bit slowly--describing Scott's wife's genealogy, and his intentions in setting out (both which held my attention). Then it becomes a fast paced, very detailed account of his adventure (think of the yuckiest ways of finding moisture as a severely dehydrated person...the story depicts every minutiae: be aware if you are a reader who may not want to know...).

This book spoke to me--not so much because I enjoy hiking (although I do), but because his emotional journey to truly submit to God in humility and acceptance of God's will over his own desires is something I have struggled with as well. Scott's testimony paralleled my own feelings in the midst of a very different sort of trial, and was both inspiring and encouraging to me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Imagine taking the trip you've been looking forward to for years. You have everything planned out, and are sure you will get through it without a hitch, well, no major ones. What do you do when things not only don't go as planned, but turn into a life-threatening situation? Scott Hubbartt went through just that, and shares what he discovered in A Short Walk to the Edge of Life.

His trip started out just fine. A few minor snags, but nothing he couldn't take in stride. He was confidant that he would be back to his starting point in a few days. Later on, he realized that the confidence was actually arrogance.

Hubbartt learned a lot during his time of being lost without food and very little water. He had to face fear and what seemed like certain death. But those things were just signs pointing him to what he really needed to find.

Hubbartt found how to put himself aside and rely on God. The whole ordeal, though not something he had planned or wanted to go through, taught him to put God and His will first. That is a lesson that we all need to learn, and this book gives us an opportunity to see that without having to endure the same hardships ourselves.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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The list of things that go wrong for Scott Hubbartt, in his memoir A Short Walk to the Edge of Life, begins before he leaves his sister-in-law's house in Trujillo, Peru. But a jacket left behind shouldn't be a big deal for an eight-hour hike, should it? Hubbartt's plan, with this trek through the desert section of the Andes mountains, is to retrace the steps of his Peruvian wife's grandfather through the Altiplano to the village of Poroto and thus fulfill an item on his bucket list.

After a grueling bus ride to the trailhead, we accompany Hubbartt into a moonscape world that includes desert-like extreme temperatures, punishing terrain, paths and ledges overgrown with vicious thorns and cacti, a trail discernible only by old mule droppings, oxygen-thin air, no food, but most dangerous, no water.

His ordeal stretches from the day hike he is expecting, into night, then day two, and on. He is soon forced to dig deep physically, relying on survival skills learned during the Gulf War. But even those aren't enough. As he feels death creep ever closer, he examines his relationship to God. Is he ready to die? What has his life meant? Why should God answer his demanding, to desperate, to panicked prayers for help and a miracle?

Hubbartt's detailed, well-written memoir was, for me, a trip of discovery to a part of South America I knew little about. His story, especially the spiritual aspect, reinforced my faith in God and His way of showing up, albeit in typical sovereign and without-human-explanation fashion. It also made me ask, how would I feel about the way I've spent my life if I was unexpectedly faced with death?

A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is an engrossing and quick read. I recommend it to all lovers of memoir.
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