Climb Beyond the Crest

A Visionary Tale on the Appalachian Trail

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
302 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

I've always been drawn to understand the nature of our world and existence. My journey has not only led me into the depths of educational discovery but also wilderness.

My B.S., Oneonta, N.Y., was only a first step. Since, I've hiked various Appalachians from the Adirondacks to the Shenandoah, contemplating universal principles and engaging further studies at Virginia Western and Roanoke colleges.

One course centered on explaining how a mind emerges from a brain. The solution remains theoretic. This and other conjectures about reality furthered my drive to understand existence. This book project describes the essence of my findings.

I now guide others on Appalachian adventures near Roanoke, VA. Come join us at Excihiking Treks.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Climb Beyond the Crest: A Visionary Tale on the Appalachian Trail by Don Defreeze is an inspirational memoir that takes readers on the author’s hike into the wilderness of the Appalachian Trail, an experience that allows readers to explore themes like solitude, living in austerity, and the strength within the author. Withdrawing from the hum of his busy life, the protagonist makes a journey into the mountain wilderness, a journey that will bring him face to face with himself and allow him to touch both his vulnerability and his inner strength. This is a book that can be read as a spiritual journey, or the author’s adventures into nature, or better still, his awakening into the subtle mysteries of life. Readers will enjoy the way the author deals with challenging situations, and mustering enough strength for the next step, but the lessons that derive from this experience are gems for the reader.

While this book offers beautiful and powerful scenes to feed the reader’s imagination, it is a very philosophical book, one that describes a metaphor of one’s climb towards success. The author has used his hiking skills to explore the nature of the human quest for success, human growth, and what it takes to bring out the best in a human being. Don Defreeze’s writing is highly perceptive and the prose features a style that is unique. Climb Beyond the Crest: A Visionary Tale on the Appalachian Trail will encourage readers to develop a more positive, daring attitude towards life, to believe they have answers to the many questions life throws at most of us. It’s very inspiring and packed with a lot of insightful reflections. A great read, indeed!

Marty S

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Defreeze's writing style is very unique and always interesting. It is an inspirational and philosophical read, that will have you contemplating what is important in life, for a long time after finishing the book. Looking forward to more from this talented author.

Don S

Please read the following interview of Don Defreeze about his book Climb Beyond the Crest, recently published to BooKecCentric.

http://www.bookeccentric.com/2018/04/interview-with-don-defreeze-author-of.html