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Blind Courage: Journey of Faith Blind Hiker S Story Of An Eight Month Thru Hike With His Seeing Eye Dog


10 thoughts on “Blind Courage: Journey of Faith

  1. says:

    A book where I admire the achievements of both man and dog, as the author becomes the first blind hiker to traverse the Appalachian trail with his seeing eye guide dog It does make me uncomfortable though, what the dog was put through Irvin did not have any experience of hiking prior to this Not an easy read.


  2. says:

    Written by Bill Irwin, with Dave McCasland A quick read, but powerfully conveyed Excellent photos of this seemingly impossible task of not only thru hiking the AT, but doing it blind, with the help of a Seeing Eye dog Heavily Christian framework, but it works for me I had been meaning to read it and recently bought a copy, signed by both Irwin and Orient, his dog stamp of paw print I cried several times while reading the book To view a four minute video on Bil and Orient negotiating the Written by Bill Irwin, with Dave McCasland A quick read, but powerfully conveyed Excellent photos of this seemingly impossible task of not only thru hiking the AT, but doing it blind, with the help of a Seeing Eye dog Heavily Christian framework, but it works for me I had been meaning to read it and recently bought a copy, signed by both Irwin and Orient, his dog stamp of paw print I cried several times while reading the book To view a four minute video on Bil and Orient negotiating the impossible New England terrain, go to Get out the tissues


  3. says:

    When Bill Irwin set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, few people expected him to complete it missing one eye and completely blind in the other, he was reliant on well honed instinct and his guide dog to navigatethan 2,000 miles through the wilderness.Nowwhat the book description doesn t tell you is that Irwin isn t actually all too interested in discussing his experience of hiking blind He s muchinterested in the fact that he d found religion at some point before he set out o When Bill Irwin set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, few people expected him to complete it missing one eye and completely blind in the other, he was reliant on well honed instinct and his guide dog to navigatethan 2,000 miles through the wilderness.Nowwhat the book description doesn t tell you is that Irwin isn t actually all too interested in discussing his experience of hiking blind He s muchinterested in the fact that he d found religion at some point before he set out on this hike, and he s very very very keen on introducing you the reader to the idea that Jesus Christ looked after him on his hike, and if you just hand your life over to Irwin s version of God, etc etc etc It snot what I m interested in in terms of reading about a thru hike, but if it worked for him, sure Fine But I m a little sorry to see what reads to me as a limited interpretation of good A couple of years before, I would have agreed with all the folks who saw something like that as a wonderful coincidence A lot of thru hikers call it trail magic But I had come to believe that there was no such thing as coincidence I liked the definition of coincidence as God performing a miracle while maintaining His anonymityloc 642 It had to bethan coincidence that these people had been there, so gracious and willing to help, right when I needed them so much. loc 693 I knew the Lord was in charge of this situation, but it didn t make any sense Why was I stranded in a cabin on top of a mountain when I could have been making good time on a trail just a few thousand feet lowerloc 2610 To each his or her own But, augh, I want to unpack these ideas that 1 if people are kind, it must be God s intervention how sad to think that people can t just be good people and 2 if God is in charge, that should mean that things go to planI m thinking of that story parable whatever about the man whose house is flooded a boat goes by, and he rejects the help, saying that God will provide a helicopter goes by, and he rejects help again etc And then he dies and goes to Heaven and asks God why he died, and God is like, dude, I sent a flipping helicopter So shouldn t it be intervention enough that just when the weather is terrible and unhikable, lo and behold, there s a weathertight cabin right there Sigh And in other news, some quick notes Warren Doyle s A.T weather prediction for a thru hike was 80% of the time it s either too wet, too dry, too hot, or too cold 20% of the time it s just right He said the sooner we got used to the fact that only one day out of five would be good weather, the happier we d be. loc 1850 Best typo error I ve seen in a while Hikers kidded a lot about the weather, but it was no joke A plaguein the summit house on Mt Washington recorded the names of 115 people who had died while hiking in the area. loc 2252 I got the biggest kick from the little girl in a class that wrote him letters who wrote I m glad that you re almost done with that trail It would not be fun to walk 20,000 miles She was the first person who knew how long the trail felt to me. loc 2995


  4. says:

    Wonderful insight on how his difficult hike is an analogy for life He had some good thoughts at the end of the book I will try to remember for my life One was What did you have to do to stay on the trail See the blazes and follow them But, if a person ignored those white marks, they wouldn t do him a bit of good Wouldn t it be wonderful if it was that easy to find our way in life You d just follow the blazes from one goal to the nextGod has marked the trail for us an Wonderful insight on how his difficult hike is an analogy for life He had some good thoughts at the end of the book I will try to remember for my life One was What did you have to do to stay on the trail See the blazes and follow them But, if a person ignored those white marks, they wouldn t do him a bit of good Wouldn t it be wonderful if it was that easy to find our way in life You d just follow the blazes from one goal to the nextGod has marked the trail for us and His blazes are in the Bible If we read the Bible and ignore what it says, it doesn t do us any good But, if we follow God s word and believe it, He leads us along His trail to eternal life.I was disappointed that he wasn t real clear about how he managed to follow the trail, especially at the beginning Orient, his seeing eye dog seemed to figure out the white blazes at some point, but not at first.Glad I read it It was very uplifting and inspiring


  5. says:

    Wow,this man is my hero The entire Appalachian Trail,with only his seeing eye dog Absolutely amazing.


  6. says:

    Fascinating memoir of a blind man who hiked the Appalachian Trail and his faith.


  7. says:

    Amazing story Can t fathom hiking the AT, or anywhere for that matter, blind.


  8. says:

    An amazing story of grace and faithI would really like to rate the Kindle version of this book as 4 7 8 On each place the thought of you just have to stand back up one timethan you fall down But the addition of a strong faith made the story a wonderful read Some people believe everything that happens to them is either luck or coincidence I beg to differ and so does bill Irwin Bill sees God s hand in every thing that happens around him A blockage on the trail mat be hard to pass, An amazing story of grace and faithI would really like to rate the Kindle version of this book as 47 8 On each place the thought of you just have to stand back up one timethan you fall down But the addition of a strong faith made the story a wonderful read Some people believe everything that happens to them is either luck or coincidence I beg to differ and so does bill Irwin Bill sees God s hand in every thing that happens around him A blockage on the trail mat be hard to pass, but it might be a delay from God that will keep him just out of danger s reach soon after I see the same in my life and appreciate that a blind man sees things the same way My main dislike for the kindle version is the frequent and constant typos, misspellings, and word errors I am convinced that someone atis quickly scanning an actual book and the computer is doing its best to digitize the text It makes a lot of errors Now is substituted for Know about half the time and several other words are replaced by incorrect words throughout


  9. says:

    I enjoyed reading yet another story of someone thru hiking the Appalachian Trail This time, it was a man without sight, and his guide dog I vaguely remembered hearing about him at the time he did his hike I had assumed he did it with another hiking partner besides Orient, his dog This is far from the truth Having hiked a couple very small portions of the AT, including the northern terminus at Mt Katahdin, I can t imagine the personal strength it takes to hike the trail, end to end Let alo I enjoyed reading yet another story of someone thru hiking the Appalachian Trail This time, it was a man without sight, and his guide dog I vaguely remembered hearing about him at the time he did his hike I had assumed he did it with another hiking partner besides Orient, his dog This is far from the truth Having hiked a couple very small portions of the AT, including the northern terminus at Mt Katahdin, I can t imagine the personal strength it takes to hike the trail, end to end Let alone accomplishing the feat without sight As many of these stories do, this one has significant religious overtones While I am not religious myself, I can appreciate the faith many hikers exhibit while they make their journeys The writing is well done, and I am happy to add this to my collection of hiking tales


  10. says:

    An amazing and inspirational story of a blind man and his seeing eye dog, Orient, hiking the Appalachian Trail The hardships of getting thru the trail were lightened by other hikers and Bill Irwin s faith in that he was doing what God had led him to do A story that defines determination in following God s path, even tho you know you will be floundering if not failing.