- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 071809350X
- ISBN-13: 978-0718093501
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 185 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edie Littlefield Sundby was born the second youngest of twelve children on an Oklahoma cotton farm without electricity and running water. She went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma and became one of the first female sales executives at IBM and later a VP for Pacific Telesis. She was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer and was given less than three months to live. Despite 0.9% odds of survival, almost one million milligrams of chemo, and four major surgeries, she is still alive and walking. Her essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
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Edie was diagnosed with cancer and with the help and support of her family and the doctors, she managed to beat it into remission. She had been a walker prior to this and was interested in the history of the mission bells in California. She learned about the mission trail the early missionaries had followed as they set up missions. She walked the eight hundred miles of the Historic California Mission Trail from the California border to Sonoma. Her descriptions of the trails and the missions are breathtaking. The descriptions of her journey through her faith are compelling and interesting to read.
After her journey, the cancer returned. Once more, after her treatments, she decided to walk the remaining eight hundred miles of the El Camino Real. This leads from southern Baja California to the California border. This section of the mission trail is much more severe and much less mapped out. She was required to have vaqueros accompany her on this section of the journey to even find the trail. Each of the vaqueros had his own personality and his own way of doing things which makes the journey even more interesting. The people she meets along the trail are so welcoming to her and do their part to help her along the way.
Edie was given a 0.9 percent chance of survival with a three-month time limit before she began her walks. She survived both walks and is still surviving. As an Oklahoma-bred woman, she has shown the sturdiness and bravery of a woman whose ancestors had survived the Dust Bowl. Edie happens to be a relative of mine through her Littlefield relations. I met her in May 2017 at a family reunion. She is one of the organizers of this reunion which has met yearly for 90 years. I was deeply impressed by her acceptance of the cancer and her need to continue to fight against its reoccurrence The book is totally an embodiment of the author.
I strongly recommend this book. It is a testimony of faith and courage.
A great read for those loving outdoor adventure (Think Into the Wild) while also appealing to those interested religion, history, faith, mindfulness and health. It really will be a different message and appeal to all that read it. Highly recommend as a book club read because you will want to discuss the book with others as soon as you are done.