08 December 2010

The Summit by Eric Alexander

It's hard for me to imagine climbing even small mountains, but with training, skill and faith Eric Alexander not only scales the world's highest peaks but in his book The Summit - Faith Beyond Everest's Death Zone he writes about taking the mountain with blind climber Erik Weihenmayer.

Eric's words take us along on the journey, from sun strong enough in the thin air to sunburn tongues to the bitterest of cold; from the relative calm of base camps to sleepless nights at higher elevations; this is an exploration of faith in the One Who can make dreams come true.

Here is just a short bite of what proved to be a tasty meal indeed:
The trust that Erik places in me is extraordinary.  After all, with as little as a few words I hold his life in the balance.  I liken it to my faith in God and it paints for me a clear picture of what faith is like.  Erik can't see my face, yet he takes me at my word and trusts that the path I lead him on is right and true, maybe not always straight and not without its bumps, but the true path nonetheless.  Likewise, I can't see God's face, yet I listen for His voice and follow that path He has set before me.  It takes faith and it is often only one step at a time that He allows me to advance before speaking illumination onto the next step.
This is a great book for anyone who likes to read about adventure or teamwork or God's ability to take things to what seems like the edge of disaster only to show His great power.  I believe you will be challenged and inspired as I was to ask the Lord what your next summit will be.

I received this book free from the publisher New Leaf Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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