It was not something I would have picked up on my own -- it was picked for me by our book club. (Among the many arguments FOR being in a book club, this is one of them: the opportunity to read things you might not have chosen!) And I loved it.
Basically, it's about how a woman's journey walking the Pacific Crest Trail heals and changes her. It's beautiful. And hold onto your cracker jacks, she BURNS BOOKS along the way. Read the book to find out why. Or... I just discovered it's also been adapted in a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, releasing in December!
And now, just a short passage from the end of the book that speaks to me of my 2014 One Little Word, which is "mystery," and also points me to what may become my word for 2015. We'll see! Meanwhile, read the book! It just might change you.
"To believe that I didn't need to reach
with my bare hands anymore. To know
that seeing the fish beneath the surface
of the water was enough. That it was
everything. It was my life – like all
lives, mysterious and irrevocable and
sacred. So very close, so very present,
so very belonging to me.
How wild it was, to let it be."
- Cheryl Strayed, WILD