Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review: A Walk for Sunshine by Jeff Alt

Author: Jeff Alt
304 pages, Trade Paperback, 15 photographs, maps, suggested reading, gear list, 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-9679482-3-2 $15.95
Pub Date: September 8th, 2009
Published by: Dreams Shared Publications
Distributed by: Midpoint Trade Books


An award winning adventure story that will fill you with inspiration to go after your dreams. Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his amazing 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humor and inspiration.

Alt takes you along on an entertaining walk with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this adventure for a noble cause. Jeff dedicated his journey to his brother who has cerebral palsy inspiring an annual fundraiser which has raised over $160,000 for the disabled home in which his brother resides. A Walk For Sunshine has been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, reviewed by the AP, Chicago Sun-Times and more. As you walk along with Jeff, you experience perseverance, surviving with only the bare essentials, the success of goal setting, and overcoming obstacles. His story sheds light on the pursuit of a simpler life. In 2007, Jeff shared an epilogue focusing on his Life Lessons from the trail and how he has applied them to his life. 

My Review:

After having read dozens of children's books with my daughter, Savannah, I find it refreshing to read a book geared towards adults.  Even though it has taken me a couple of months to read this book, as I found myself having to keep putting it down and getting sidetracked with other book reviews, I finally finished this book over the weekend.  Thank got I stuck with it, as it was a very enjoyable book.  I was also sent a copy of the DVD, which my husband and I watched prior to me reading this book.  What a very inspiring story and DVD this was.  And, what a great way to pay tribute and way to raise money for his brother, who has cerebal palsy.  You think you have it rough in life, but it is always humbling to see how others live, and how some take on extraordinary challenges to bring awareness to diseases and show that you can set goals and overcome obstacles if you put your mind and body to it.  

If you are looking for an inspiring book to read this fall, I highly suggest you pick up A Walk for Sunshine and follow along as Jeff, with only the bare essentials sets off on a journey that will change his life forever, and show him how to live a simpler life as a result of his journey.

About the Author:

Jeff Alt is the author of A Walk for Sunshine: a 2,160 mile expedition for charity on the Appalachian Trail, 2nd Edition and A Hike for Mike: An Uplifting Adventure Across the Sierra Nevada for Depression.

He has been featured on ESPN's Inside America's National Parks, Hallmark Channel's New Morning and more. His adventures have been widely featured in media across the country including dozens of television and radio programs (CNN-Radio, Good Day USA, KGO Radio, NPR, etc). Jeff's books have been reviewed in Library Journal, Chicago Sun Times, and other leading review sources.

Jeff has contributed his hiking expertise to the award-winning Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine. Jeff's books combined have received four book awards (ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, Notable Writers Notes Book Award, and a USA Best Books Award Finalist). Jeff has shared his Appalachian Trail adventures with Shenandoah National Park guests each season since 2001 in addition to hundreds of other venues across the country.

Jeff has walked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and Jeff trekked across a 50 mile swath of Ireland with his wife, young daughter, and extended family.

Not only is Jeff an expert hiker, he is a certified speech language communication expert with ten years of experience working with children ages two and up; and with academic curriculum standards. As an outdoorsman, Jeff knows first hand the important role the outdoors plays in our lives. As a language expert, Jeff knows how critical it is to teach our children while they are young. As parents, Jeff and his wife have made it their mission to share all the greatness of the outdoors with their children. 

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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