WILD – an addict’s journey

Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

A journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step.

My favorite gift this year was the book, WILD! This true story was all I wanted. I won’t give too much away, because the movie has just come out, starring Reese Witherspoon. Usually, if I am capable and patient enough, I will read the books before the movies, but this year, I decided to treat myself early. I loved it. Many thought it was too long, but I didn’t mind the length as I love this subject matter.

I am an avid fan (ahem, not necessarily ‘doer’ these lazy days) of anything to with the wilderness, hiking, camping, and any other outdoorsy adventures. I even keep wood in my car at all times so I am ready at a moment’s notice for a rendevous around a campfire. When these adventures involve HEALING through the process, I eat them whole. She is a recovering addict, a sister, a daughter and a divorcee … on a journey to heal wounds deeper than most would dare to imagine.

Below is a excerpt from the back of the book to give you a better idea of what it is about. Linked here, is an older post and lists my many reasons for adoring this genre so very much as well as my very own plans for an epic hike to recovery someday in the future (although, metaphorically, I have already begun): Back Into the Wild. 

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“At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail – and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

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