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In , Jennifer Pharr Davis became the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail By hiking , miles indaysan average ofmiles per dayshe became the first female to ever set that mark But this is not a book about records or numbers; this is a book about endurance and faith, and most of all love The most amazing part of this story is not found at the finish, but is discovered through the many challenges, lessons and relationships that present themselves along the trail This is Jennifer's story, in her own words, about how she started this journey with a love for hiking and significantly a love for her husband Brew Together, they were able to overcome rugged mountains and raging rivers, sleet storms anddegree heat, shinsplints and illnesses They made new friends and tested old friendships; they shared together laughter, and tearsa lot of tears But, through it all, they fell in love with one another and with the wilderness By completing this extraordinary amateur feat, Jennifer rose above the culture of multimillion dollar sports contracts that is marked by shortcuts and steroids This is the story of a real person doing something remarkable Jennifer Pharr Davis is a modern rolemodel for womenand men She is an authentic hero Five stars, not because this is the best writing I've ever read, but because I enjoyed the story and subject matter so thoroughly I've had the opportunity to briefly cross paths with Jen twice in the realm of the outdoor industry, and she was absolutely lovely on both occasions She actually gave me a copy of this particular book in person, and I found her incredibly encouraging and inspiring I love that she is real about her journey, her struggles, her hopes, her faith, and her relationship with and reliance on her husband Brew for her record attempt. I am a voyeur adventurer I don't know where this comes from, but a few years ago I suddenly found myself fascinated by accounts of spelunking, climbing, and hiking adventures CALLED AGAIN would therefore seem like a natural fit to those interests But this just wasn't a good choice for me.First of all, there was little in the way of descriptions that set the background Other than something like 'it was hot' or the 'trees were dense and consequently it was really dark under them' I didn't get a sense of where she was With Krakauer and Viesturs I felt the cold and experienced the majesty With McClure and Tabor I felt the ocean the claustrophobia of plunging deep into the earth With this book I feltlike I was watching a Realty TV show where the emphasis was on relationships, hives, and anger management.For example, the author's then current husband and friends made tremendous sacrifices but their giving doesn't seem to have been returned Speaking about her husband, Brew:Most of the time, he returned from his excursions and waited for me at the designated trailhead for thirty minutes to an hour But there were a few times when I had to wait for him.At one road crossing in Pennsylvania, I had to wait twenty minutes And I was famished.And later, after Brew told her how hard running around the countryside, making sure that everything was perfect, was was on him, she turned and berated him to the point where there were tears in his eyes: I just needI need to know you are giving this one hundred percent This is the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life, and when you are late to the road crossing or can't find my gear because the car is a mess it makes a difference It costs me time, and it stresses me out.Me me me me I'm afraid I'm not much of a mememe person Consequently I didn't enjoy this book, particularly since I got no sense of the 'big adventure'. I wanted to love this book, and I did enjoy it, but didn't love it First off, if you're looking for a hiking book this isn't that While it does center around Jennifer's recordsetting hike on the AT, it focuses on her relationships with friends, family and her spouse during that hike And while it centers on her hike, the first 25% of the book is about her first thru hike, her first recordsetting hike and then also her recordsetting hike on the Long Trail (which I didn't even know she'd done, so that was kind of cool).There are moments in this book where you do not like Jennifer In fact, you feel really bad for those around her because she treats them so poorly I'm sure being exhausted and under the physical strain she was experiencing I'd be a little bitchy too, but unfortunately you don't get that from her writing I want to sympathize with her, but she just doesn't give me the material to allow me to do that While there are moments of this book that are truly heart felt and make you connect with her, the vast majority of the book lacks that so it makes it hard as a reader to connect.There are no photos in the book, though they did take photos There are drawings, but I don't feel the really capture the moments and really missed seeing photos Her Christian faith also rears its head a lot I haven't decided yet if this is good or bad It was important to her, but maybe not to the extent that us the reader needed to be bombarded with it. I could probably slog through this, but she's just too selfabsorbed as she should be, or maybe I should say as she WOULD be That level athlete HAS to be that completely focused I get the point I mean I got the point after 10 pages or so I don't need to continue I don't want to take anything away from her endeavor she's inspiring, no doubt, and totally awesome I'm just not sure I care enough about her as a person to get through the book!