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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!