I’ve never had the opportunity to author a book before self publishing became so easy. It is so exciting to see my adventure in print. I check my book sales on Amazon every day. Thank you one and all for supporting this effort.
I only have six reviews so far but I look forward to receiving some more feedback. I thought I would periodically share some comments others have made about Hike It Forward. Here are two – feel free to check all the others at Amazon.com.
The first comment (actually one of the last chronologically) was made on January 25. This book reader only gave my book three out of five stars, but I thought the review was outstanding and so encouraging. This customer wrote,
“Great pics, very good story telling, the state by state was good information.
Good informational read, Not for the atheist lots of nods to God the all powerful , I enjoyed the journal entries.”
I loved the strengths that the reader pointed out – photos, story-telling and trail information. This touches on three of my major goals in publishing my insights concerning the Appalachian Trail. And the reader’s criticism (Not for the atheist, lots of nods to God, the all powerful) highlighted my primary goal – to honor God and to show His character and faithful provision of grace throughout my hike. I attempted to forewarn the reader a little bit with my subtitle, Hiking Strong, Safe, and in the Spirit. It is a spiritual book and is meant to be so. I will take this criticism as a compliment and yet pray that I do not overly offend anyone. My hope is that my book reflects my relationship with the Creator without trying to force my beliefs on others.
On January 18 I received a five star rating from “Rather Be Hiking.” I was truly humbled by this reader’s comments. Before hiking the trail I engulfed over 20 books attempting to understand the trail before stepping foot on the path. Rather Be Hiking shared,
“Loved it! I’ve read 25 or so Appalachian Trail journals and this rates in the top 3! Felt like I was hiking along side the author. I especially liked his informative preparations for the journey and his honest sharing of his post Katahdin feelings. A great read. Thanks.”
This review brought tears to my eyes because the reader seems to have engaged and identified with my journey. It was a thrill for me to write the book as I found myself reliving the thrill of the AT, but I did not know if others would be able to “catch it.” For the reader to say that he/she felt like he/she was hiking alongside me, made this writer’s spirit soar.
I would love for you to read about my life-changing thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and I would greatly appreciate your honest feedback. If you provide a rating, watch for your comments to show up on this blog. The book is only available as an ebook and must be downloaded on a digital device. If you don’t have a Kindle tablet, you can download a free Kindle app and read it on any tablet (iPad works well) For a quick link to my Amazon site just click on any of the book photos in this post.