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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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“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
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On another note...I love Peru and ALL travel, and I encourage everyone to trust God and take a walk!
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The book tells of Scott’s five day excursion through the isolated terrain in the country of Peru. He sets out to discover some of his wife’s ancestry and to retrace the steps of her grandfather. With map and compass in hand, he begins his journey. A journey that he believes will consist of no more than 10 miles and take only 8 hours to complete. Needless to say, that estimate was way off. At the end of 5 days, Scott is nowhere near his destination and is at the point of death.
I was drawn initially by Scott’s journey in Peru, but was captivated by his journey of faith. He share’s how his walk with the Lord was stretched and eventually strengthened through his walk in the desert. God had seemingly not heard his continued cries for help and deliverance. Could God really ignore and abandon us when we are at our deepest darkest hour?
I’m sure we all have felt ignored and abandoned. When a loved one passes away despite our persistent prayer for healing. Or when we receive the news that we were desperately hoping not to get. In moments like those we feel betrayed. Like maybe there isn’t a God after all. Or if there is, He obviously isn’t interested in us or our wellbeing. Or is that what God is interested in most?
No one likes to suffer. And I am definitely in that group. But what if suffering is exactly what we need? We don’t want it. We certainly wouldn’t sign up for it.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Scott admitted that sometimes he was a poor listener and that these were some of those times. He was completely confident in his ability to walk in the mountains and even camp overnight if need be. He was an Air Force combat veteran and had training in survival skills. It would be just a walk in the park. But it wasn’t!
Supposedly, this trek was to be only a five to eight hour walk, but Scott soon found himself hopelessly lost. It turned into a five-day nightmare bringing Scott to a desperate and near-death experience.
I was astounded by the number of things that Scott experienced: loss of his glasses, compasses that no longer worked properly, thirst, hunger, his skin, clothes, and shoes being torn up from the cactus needles and rocky terrain, exhaustion, attempting to eat an ant in the hope of finding a small food source but instead his tongue felt like it had been set on fire, it swelled and protruded from his mouth, a very close encounter with a snake, realizing that he was totally alone and totally lost, and so much more.Read more ›
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Scott shares with us his pain,frustration and faith as he recognizes he may die on a mountainside in Peru. Read morePublished 8 months ago by william gentner
"As a flawed and broken man I knew that my stubbornness and selfish ambitions, not to mention my lack of wisdom, had landed me in a desolate and remote place, perhaps to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bonding Over BOOKS
Remarkable, true story of Scott Hubbartt being lost in the Andes for days. His courage, determination, and faith in the Lord for the outcome. Its about Mr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Loren W. Stock
This book is the real life story of an amazing true life journey of author Scott Hubbartt. By traveling with the author, we are drawn into Scott Hubbartt’s life and death ordeal. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pastor Debbie
If you get out of the way and let God work, He can work miracles, that is what Scott found out in the mountains as he wandered around lost and feeling like he was alone. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shelley Walling
Scott Hubbartt starts what he believes will be a leisurely stroll and ends up nearly dead. Cocky, self-assured and ready to start his day, Hubbartt expects to enjoy the walk, find... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeff Klick
Scott Hubbartt, a military veteran with years of survival training, becomes lost during a day-hike through the Peruvian Andes. Read more
Talk about a take-your-breath-away adventure! Scott Hubbartt, in his book A Short Walk to the Edge of Life, takes the reader on a journey that changed his life--and his perspective... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jenni