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Hiking Without Dave: A journey of things found, lost, and remembered along Ohio's Buckeye Trail Paperback – November 26, 2014
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About the Author
CW Spencer grew up in northeastern Ohio, then graduated from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. He began and finished a 27-year teaching career in the same school district in northern Kentucky where he taught middle school science and met Bonnie, his future wife. They have been married over 25 years and reside in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. After retirement, CW owned a lawn care business for ten years. He enjoys volunteering at a local nursing home, leading church services for campers, and driving his classic truck to car shows. More recently, after his life was touched by tragedies, he began hiking and writing.
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This book must have been terribly painful to write and yet it’s a beautiful story of a healing journey back to wholeness. It’s a picture of learning to let go of the guilt, the “what if’s,” and of moving past the sorrow of losing a brother. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost someone to suicide, who seeks to learn more about the clues that show someone is desperate, or who is interested in reading a wonderful, humorous, and triumphant story of a hike. This book met all my expectations and more.
Many self-published titles these days suffer from a variety of issues...poor writing, poor editing, or simply not a great story. Hiking Without Dave is an example of a good story put together in such a manner that will leave you touched with a tear or reading with a smile on your face. The book is about C.W. Spencer's hike of the 1400+ mile Buckeye Trail (the longest loop trail in the world), as he deals with the suicide of his kid brother. Each chapter deals with a different section of the trail, and a different section of Spencer's life with his brother and with his own struggles dealing with the pain of loss and guilt. While not an overly long book (I read it from cover to cover in an afternoon), it is a touching book about a relationship, at times strained, other times close, with a sibling, and it is a book about Spencer's hiking experiences on the Buckeye Trail. At times an anecdote would make me smile, at times another account would bring tears to my eyes. It is a well-written account of using hiking to deal with loss, and adds a much-needed Buckeye Trail memoir. But more importantly the book is a bit of an insight to Spencer's soul, a person who finds it difficult to share his soul so openly, and that is the most important value the book may have to offer you. Buy a copy today!