Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, Randy “Windtalker” Motz and Georgia “Mom” Harris will be signing their two popular books at the Appalachian Trail Festival and the Appalachian Trail Community Designation Festival in May and June.
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In 2006, Randy and Georgia completed their 2,175-mile trek of the AT and have published two exciting books about their adventure. Their first book, “Solemates – Lessons on Life, Love & Marriage from the Appalachian Trail,” winner of a 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Award, is the endearing personal story of a middle-aged, professional couple, with no previous backpacking experience, who decided to test their 14-year marriage and spend six months hiking the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine, in one continuous hike. Within the pages of “Solemates,” the reader travels alongside this intrepid duo as they discover whether or not their motto, “Quitting is not an option,” is a blessing or a curse?
“Solemates” is not a day-by-day journal of trail life, but rather a candid, introspective, and sometimes humorous look into the range of emotions experienced during the pursuit of such a life-changing adventure. The authors describe how they wrestled with their personal weaknesses and learned to capitalize on each other’s strengths, and in doing so, gained a deeper understanding of what it takes to make and keep a relationship strong.
It is a warmhearted account of lessons in perseverance, human nature, compassion, understanding, teamwork, and most of all, love. Their stories, and those of their thru-hiking companions, reveal insights into the human spirit and refreshing perspectives on what is truly important in life. Not just for hikers, “Solemates” is a book about a 14-year relationship and how the unique hurdles and rewards they experienced together apply to everyone’s relationships in everyday life.
Published in 2010, their second book, “The Walk – Reflections on Life and Faith from the Appalachian Trail,” examines the spiritual nature of hiking from Georgia to Maine in one continuous hike. Though a life-changing journey fraught with unimaginable obstacles and unrivaled rewards, it is also a journey awash with spiritual significance.
Using stories from their odyssey, inspirational quotes, and words of wisdom from Native Americans, the authors describe the spiritual revelations they encountered on the Appalachian Trail and draw the many inescapable parallels between spirituality on the trail and real life spirituality. The reader is transported on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey of spiritual understanding and self-awareness.
“The Walk” touches on eight key spiritual topics: The Path, Prayer, Perseverance, Family & Community, Praise & Worship, Materialism vs. Simplicity, Pride & Humility, and Service. Each topic has its foundation in biblical references and each is brought into real life perspective through anecdotes from life on the A.T. Each chapter concludes with a specially-written prayer and devotional that drives home the essence of the chapter and encourages personal reflection.
Both books are also available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, SONY WiFi Reader, Kobo Pulse, and other popular eBook readers; even Android phones. It can also be purchased from the Apple Store and downloaded to an iPad, iPod, iPad Touch, or to a computer with iTunes.
Come meet the authors at the following locations:
Appalachian Trail Days Festival
Saturday, May 19, 2012
11:00am - 12:00pm
Mt. Rogers Outfitters
110 Laurel Avenue
Damascus, VA 24236
Appalachian Trail Community Designation Festival
Saturday, June 2, 2012
12:00pm - 4:00pm
(From 1:00 - 1:45pm, “Windtalker” will also be performing his unique and exciting style of Native American flute music)
For more information on these books and other books, DVDs and CDs by Randy and Georgia, visit http://www.qualtechresourcegroup.com