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Immerse yourself in the amazing story of 62-year-old Edie Littlefield Sundby, who, after being told she had only 3 months to live, walked 800 miles instead through the California wilderness, averaging 14 miles a day, and stopping at life-giving missions to revive her body and her soul. She followed that with another 800-mile walk through Northern Mexico to the California border. With fading strength and only one lung, she carried her mortality in every step and in the process opened up a profound communion with God and his creation. Hers is a story of triumph, of harrowing adventure, and of spiritual awakening.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 071809350X
ISBN-13: 9780718093501

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"The Mission Walker is a marvelous book, a moving meditation on the relationships between courage and faith, endurance and transcendence." Randall Sullivan, Creator, The Miracle Detective, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)

"Edie Sundby’s account of her amazing trek along the entirety of the California Mission Trail is not only captivating and inspiring but also one heck of an outdoors adventure." Les Standiford, Author

"This powerful story of determination and faith will stay with you forever." Ken Budd Journalist/Author

"… a powerful narrative that takes us through the author’s harrowing journeys, inward and outward." JoBeth McDaniel Journalist/Author

"There are parts of this book that I couldn't pull myself away from.... that left me with profound messages. Incredible memoir!!! Incredible woman!!!! 5 Stars" Elyse Walters, #3 Top Reviewer, Goodreads

This story is not about avoiding death. It’s about living life.

Immerse yourself in the amazing story of Edie Littlefield Sundby, who, after being told she had only 3 months to live, survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy, radical liver and lung surgeries, and then walked 800 miles along the California Mission Trail, averaging 14 miles a day, and stopping at life-giving missions to revive her body and her soul.

When she finished she yearned to walk the mission trail from its start – in Mexico. But no one had traversed that trail in 250 years.

As you will learn in the pages of this book, Edie doesn’t care about what some deem impossible. It is that spirit that has allowed her to live, despite the odds.

With fading strength and only one lung, she walked another 800 miles through the rugged mountains and deserts of Baja Mexico to the California border. In a walk of triumph, of harrowing adventure, and of spiritual enlightenment, she carried her mortality in every step and in the process opened up a profound communion with God and his creation, and the true meaning of life.

And all of this with a terminal cancer that was chasing her every step of the way. It still is, and she continues to walk with it every day.

For me, walking is a transcendent physical, emotional, and spiritual experience, like dancing. "If I can move, I am not sick." That is my alternate reality. And I believe with all my will in that reality. So when cancer strikes again and again, I walk to stay alive.

Life is the greatest adventure there is. Why stop our adventuring because someone says the end might be near?

For those who crave a spirit of adventure, who ache like Edie to know what our bodies and spirits are truly capable of, this book is a must-read. A true testament to faith, courage, and the power of hope.

Author Bio

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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    interesting story of overcoming odds
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    At age 55, Edie Littlefield Sundby was diagnosed with Stage 4 gallbladder cancer that had spread throughout her body and was given three months to live. In this book, Sundby recounts her determined fight for life, enduring radical liver surgery and aggressive chemotherapy that resulted in an amazing remission of cancer. Four years later, the cancer returned, bringing more surgery and chemotherapy. During this time, Sundby found peace in walking and solitude. By "chance" she happened upon the historic El Camino Real and devoted her energies to walking the almost-forgotten route charted by Jesuit and Franciscan priests in the late 1700s to early 1800s to connect mission stations along the Baja and California coasts. Completing the 800 mile California section only whetted her desire to walk the 800 mile Baja section as well, even though no one had accomplished this feat in 250 years. (As a side note: I had heard of the Camino Real, but had no idea of the history and the amazing feats of the Franciscan priests who built the missions along its path. As a history lover, that alone made the book fascinating to me.) The majority of the book tells the story of her walk/ride through the Sierra desert, on a trail that was at times no longer discernible and overgrown with impenetrable cactus and other barriers. While Sundby's theology differs from mine and her choices would not be my own, The Mission Walker was an interesting adventure to read and Sundby's determination and resilience are amazing.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
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