5 Stars Out Of 5
Tackling Mt. Everest!
November 18, 2010
St. Paul, MN
If you want the experience of a lifetime, read Eric Alexander's book, The Summit, his account of climbing Mt. Everest while guiding his blind friend, Erik Weihenmayer. Only thing better would be to do the climb yourself!
Eric's book is full of the excitement, dangers, health issues, blinding snowstorms, etc., all while out on the ledges of Mt. Everest and other mountains, either walking, climbing, or tented down in camp. This experience is not for the timid, faint-of-heart, or those terrified of heights.
Eric talks about the trial run the team goes through, feeling out the abilities, shortcomings, disappointments, and camaraderie of each team member to see if they are compatible for the trip. Team members have to work as a team or fail. They find themselves a fit!
As treacherous as it is climbing Mt. Everest to the highest point of 29,035 feet, there are "Everest's" in everyone's life. The goal of the â€˜Everests' in your lives is to focus on what God is trying to teach you through it all-trust, faith, prayer, depending on God, and perseverance.
Eric helps you achieve these goals through his Deadpoint Reflections: 1) the Crux (struggle examples), 2) the Hold (an answer to the Crux), and 3) the Anchor (the Support, should the Hold fail). These sections are at the end of each chapter with the purpose of supplying you with the â€˜how-to' applications to your own life's "Everests."
Climbing mountains-what a high-test way to teach us Spiritual truths! Yet this is Eric's goal as a believer in Jesus. It's not enough just to climb the mountains, it's to learn to trust God for our lives here on earth and eternally, attaining the likeness of His Son.
Eric's book is a wonderful tool to inspire leadership teams, men's groups, youth, and anyone who wants to grow in their faith and conquer what seems impossible with the help of Christ. Eric addresses commitment, priorities, vision, and servant leadership in the book.
Just as a climb to the top of Mt Everest is a step-by-step process, I've found that walking with the Lord is a similar step-by-step process, one I need to keep learning until my life here is over. The main goal is trusting the Lord for each step.
The photography is exhilarating, somehow making me wish I could do this, as I love hiking and climbing. It's that snow, ice and steep, almost vertical climbs that make me think otherwise! How about you?
This book was provided by New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.