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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: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,486 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!


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Customer Reviews

This story shows what God can do.
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I read the book in 2 sittings; It was a quick, fairly easy read, yet at the same time, it had me on the edge of my seat throughout most of it.
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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By Deron on September 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
I needed a good story to read. I had been reading a lot of books on ministry and leadership. I needed to just get lost in a compelling story. So I picked up A Short Walk to the Edge of Life by Scott Hubbartt. What I got was more than a good story. I got the opportunity to enter the life of Scott Hubbartt for 5 days. Five of the most grueling days imaginable.

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.
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By Jeff Klick on September 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
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 some missing pieces to his wife's family legacy and arrive for dinner at his destination. The book would not need to be written had the day turned out as expected.

Full of drama, danger, redemption and sometimes annoying country details, A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is worth the read. The moral of the story is excellent with God being the Redeemer and Deliver as it should be.

Hubbartt seems to be a Christian before his near-death experience, but if he was not, he certainly became one while facing the end on his journey. Looking into our own death has a way of filtering out what is really important, and Hubbartt does a good job wrapping up all of key issues.

The book seems almost incomplete though with little mention of his families' reactions to his ordeal and survival. Perhaps an extra few pages added to explore that angle could be considered in the next edition.

The book is well written, keeps your attention and even if you have never camped in your life, you will be able to relate to some of the struggles faced. Enjoy the journey and don't miss the main point - live your life for what matters now instead of wishing you had when it is almost too late.
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By Jenni on August 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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 of it--forever. Similar to an episode of "I Shouldn't Be Alive," Scott embarked on what he confidently thought would be an 8-10 hour hike in a Peruvian canyon to explore his wife's family history. A decorated Air Force veteran who had completed Survival, Evasion, Rescue and Escape training, he assumed he could handle the elements. He couldn't.

This book strikes right to the heart of what we all must admit before God: we're helpless without Him. Scott found, as he wandered for four days without food or water, that God will miraculously provide when we call to Him in admittance of our utter dependency upon Him.

Need some reminding as to Who is sovereign over your life? Take this journey with Scott and see how it changed his relationship with God..it just might change yours, too.

Read the first chapter here, and find out more about Scott Hubbartt here.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for this review.
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Format: Paperback
Scott Hubbartt, a military veteran with years of survival training, becomes lost during a day-hike through the Peruvian Andes. Heat, dehydration, starvation, isolation and rugged desert terrain all make for an almost perilous journey. After realizing his many mistakes, Scott Hubbartt reaches out to God in desperation. Is it enough? Is it too late? Does God listen? Will he make it out alive…

Actually this memoir would never have needed to be written if the author had smartly relied on his highly skilled survival training and basic adventure guidelines. However, it was written due to his lack of preparedness and fortunately ended well with lessons learned, determination strengthened, and faith/ trust in God developed. Overall, a rather slow story but with a good message shared. The included maps which chronicled his intended trek against his actual course of travel were appreciated and contributed to the understanding of his story.

3 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Short Walk To The Edge Of Life from WaterBrook Press for my honest review*
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