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Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill (World Adventurers Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Forty years old and on the verge of midlife crisis, the author is at a crossroad - continue in an unfulfilling career as an American Diplomat or follow his heart's true desire since childhood of becoming a writer. One choice brings admiration, glamor, security, but also dissatisfaction; the other is tentative at best. He writes:
"The future weighed on my mind. Approaching middle age, I was overweight and out of shape, living a sedentary lifestyle, and stuck in a rut. A series of personal setbacks left me a bitter man. Every time I was convinced life would get better, another letdown hit me. A midlife crisis, something that just a few years ago I never thought possible, was brewing."
He lifts his eyes toward Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet above sea level, the catalyst to finding the answer. Refusing to allow a barrage of misgivings, doubts, and severe ailments diminish his resolve to attempt the climb, he sets out with three friends to tackle Africa's highest peak.
His words capture the magnificent beauty of nature, while candid revelations let you glimpse into the epicenter of personal conflict. "The barren wasteland reminded me how close we were to touching the heavens yet still bound to earth like ants on a giant mound." He lets you see, "the heavens opened up to reveal the summit of Kibo Peak" that reached "for the sky yet seemed close to the touch, and it beckoned me to head for the summit, a temptation that instilled me with a false confidence.Read more ›
And what I found to my astonishment, was a book that was not only exceptionally well written, holding the readers rapt attention from first page to last. But it's also a book that gives you a glimpse into the writers inner conflicts, as he grapples with his career, along with the life changing decisions for himself and his family, that go along with it.
Every step along the way he challenges his physical endurance and stamina, as much so as stretching the mental alertness and dicipline needed in the quest to achieve the goal he'd set out for himself. Ultimately reaching his goal no matter how lofty even when it seemed unattainable.
This book and M.G. Edwards achievement,should serve as a lesson to us all. Even goals that may initially seem beyond our reach, often are more within our grasp then we realize.
I started reading it because that's what friends do.
I couldn't put it down because it is a well written story about a real person's adventure, triumphs, fears, challenges and success. It's not about a superhero but a person like me going on the type of adventures I like to go on. I take that back. He is my hero.
This inspirational true story chronicles the day-by-day hiking trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Fascinating by itself, the real story is the courage and fortitude of the author as he summons the will to confront not only the perils of the mountain, but a far more dangerous demon: a burning mid-life crisis.
At forty years of age, out of shape, and struggling with an unsatisfying and demoralizing career, Michael Edwards knew that something had to give. Life had to change. For many people, such frustration and fear is all too real and paralyzing. Better the demon we know, no matter how unhappy and unfulfilled we are.
Virtually overnight--well, several nights--Michael Edwards changed his stars. Tackling something as monstrous as a mountain, he overcame adversity, cold, heat, searing aches and pains, channeling all of these victories toward a single goal: to prove to himself that from this point forward, nothing could stand in his way. Not a mountain, not an unhappy life.
Read this book. Change your stars. It's that good.
I felt that some of the thoughts and ideas were retold unnecessarily, and that some of the sentences could have been more concise. That said, Edwards is a skilled storyteller, and KILIMANJARO seems an ideal story for anyone contemplating major life decisions. The detailed information guide at the end and gorgeous photographs throughout add to the book's enjoyment and usefulness, making it well worth the purchase price. I look forward to learning more of Edwards' adventures as he journeys on!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is written in an incredibly personal way. The writer gives insight in his thoughts and feelings while climbing Kili. Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nastasia Verheijen
I enjoyed Mr Edwards description of his struggle to climb Kili and it inspires me to try it in the future. Read morePublished 16 months ago by walkerboy
I am 38 years old and not a person that reads a lot of books but I do hike quite a bit and my dream hike is Kilimanjaro. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Aaron Arsenault
Kilimanjaro – One Man’s Quest to Go ‘Over the Hill’
I’ve often dreamed of climbing Kilimanjaro. You too? Read more
A well written guide for anyone considering climbing Kilimanjaro (or facing a mid-life crisis!). The author has a gift for turning a phrase, and I found his description of his... Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Tai Pan
It was as if I were living it in his shoes. A very descriptive and emotional story without being overly sentimental.Published on February 18, 2013 by James Delillo
I really enjoyed this book! I feel like the author gave a great account of his experience and I enjoyed his style of writing. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Swanny
I bought this book because I know the author and it is always fun reading books written by people I know. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by jewel-light
I love when M.G. Edwards, thru his writings, makes me feel like I am right there with him during the preparations and the climb. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer