A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: How My Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death and Taught Me Whats
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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2014
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"They say I'm crazy. That's OK. I'm just curious and determined."
From Scott Hubbartt's diary, November 2, 2011
How Could He Possibly Make It Out Alive?
It was supposed to be a simple day hike. Scott Hubbartt was a military veteran with years of survival training. Everyone who knew him considered him an expert adventurer.
But Scotts trek into the treacherous backcountry canyons of the Peruvian Andes turned into a desperate fight to survive after he became hopelessly lost. As his eight-hour hike lengthened into days, Scott faced dehydration, hunger, and exhaustion. And thats when his true journey began.
Chronicling the failures and miracles of a remarkable physical and spiritual passage, A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is the gripping, true story of a man who had to come to the end of himself before he could find his way home.
Scott Hubbartt enlisted in the Air Force at the age of seventeen and later became a decorated combat veteran who rose to the highest enlisted rank. Hubbartt is a graduate of the Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School and the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy at Newport, Rhode Island. He also holds a masters degree in history and Latin American studies from American Public University. Hubbartt and his wife, Carolina, a native of Perú, have three daughters and live near San Antonio, Texas.
"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 writers 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 Hubbartts 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 journeyand its unexpected and dramatic detouris 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 Scotts 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 mans 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
pastor lesWilliamston,MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A Short Walk To The Edge of LifeAugust 19, 2014pastor lesWilliamston,MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is well written by a man that is transparent with his life. He is especially transparent with the serious mistakes he made that are recorded in this book. I appreciated how he records the journey with honesty and how he sought to learn from the mistakes.He records some awesome provisions by the Lord as he wanders in a very dangerous part of the world,totally lost and his life in grave danger.His ability to make Biblical application from the lessons learned are worth the price of the book. His reflections on his past are incorporated into the book in such a way that we can be encouraged to learn from our own past. I recoomend this as a good and challenging read. I received this book from Waterbrook Press for the purpose of reviewing it. Thank you !
Jen PenMidwest3 Stars Out Of 5A good message learned and shared...August 15, 2014Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3SUMMARY:
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
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
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*
DanniAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5AmazingJune 24, 2014DanniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I couldn't put this book down. What an amazing story! I would definitely say that Scott Hubbartt is crazy. But honestly if you aren't just a little crazy would you find yourself hiking in the mountains of Peru?
I loved reading about Hubbartt's journey. I was rough and brutal. But Hubbartt grew from it. He learned from his mistakes.
This book a must read. It was so good. I am glad it had a "happy" ending, since not all stories do.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in sxchange for my honest review.
ACS Book FinderAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful, tragic story of faithJune 10, 2014ACS Book FinderAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a good book and a quick read. I had trouble putting it down because each chapter left me hanging wondering what was going to happen to him next. The book is an autobiography of an event in the author's life. His wife is from Peru, and he became fascinated with the land, culture, people, and especially with his wife's family history and genealogy.
In researching his family history, he learned of some of the different cities that his wife's grandfather lived in. He also learned that this grandfather owned a gold mine at one time. Armed with this information, maps, compasses, and supplies, the author attempted a hike from one of these villages to the other. This hike should have only taken about five to eight hours, but from the beginning he took the wrong trail and became lost. His compasses did not work because of the metals in the mountains. Ultimately he would wander 40 miles off course and would be lost for five days. His greatest need would be for water as he only had about a liter to start with.
This amazing adventure would be used in his life by God to draw him closer to Himself. The author relates how his first prayers were really selfish prayers and could easily be understood why they went unanswered. Along the way, he would let go of his own intelligence and experience and just trust God to meet his needs and to be rescued. It was a wonderful, tragic story of faith and placed in a book, now becomes something that all can share in and grow from. (reviewed by B.Lyles)
We received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
Chaplain BobSan Antonio, TXAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5An All Night, Can't-Put-It-Down Book!February 27, 2014Chaplain BobSan Antonio, TXAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was privileged to read this book recently, and I must say that this is one of the best books I've ever read. Knowing Scott personally, I can attest to his integrity and veracity. An absolute must read!
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