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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

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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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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It all started when Scott Hubbartt went for a walk in the high Peruvian puna (plateau) in the high desert region of the Andes Mountains. Only the hardiest of living things can survive in its barren, dry, windswept, and rocky terrain. Scott’s sister-in-law and brother-in-law were not excited about the walk he planned and would start the next day. “But they had come to expect some impulsive, even crazy ideas” from Scott, so they only advised him to use a guide. Tia Clara, his wife’s aunt, warned Scott to take a guide. And Scott’s wife Carito cautioned him, “. . . please be careful, and please use a guide.” Even the locals warned him that no one goes that way because it is too dangerous

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.
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