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Two unique books about hiking the Appalachian Trail will not only entertain but will inspire you to pursue life in a whole new way.
Authors Georgia Harris & Randy Motz
Authors Georgia Harris & Randy Motz
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. - June 16, 2014 - PRLog -- What happens when a middle-aged couple with no previous backpacking experience decides to test their 14-year marriage and spends six months hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in one continuous hike? Will their motto of “Quitting is not an option” be a blessing or a course?

There are very few books written about couples who tackle and conquer the immense task of thru-hiking the 2,100+ miles of the Appalachian Trail and even fewer that explore the relational challenges that such an undertaking brings to the surface. However, in the award-winning book, "Solemates – Lessons on Life, Love & Marriage from the Appalachian Trail," you will travel with authors, Randy “Windtalker” Motz and Georgia “Mom” Harris,” as they wrestle with their personal weaknesses and capitalize on each other’s strengths, and in doing so, gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make and keep a marriage strong.

"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. It is a warmhearted account of lessons in perseverance, human nature, compassion, understanding, teamwork and 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.

You may never thru-hike the Appalachian Trail but "Solemates – Lessons on Life, Love & Marriage from the Appalachian Trail" is a great way to do it from the comfort of your chair and still come to some life-changing realizations of your own.

"No one has explored thru-hiking as a couple as thoroughly as have Randy Motz and Georgia Harris… an engaging account of thru-hiking the trail in 2006 along with a half dozen other couples. “Solemates” is a significant contribution to the A.T. literature… great advice for in-depth planning of a long-distance hike…” Larry Luxemberg - Author of "Walking the Appalachian Trail"

"There are many books about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail…most simply describe how to hike the trail…few go further than the simple travelogue…Randy Motz and Georgia Harris, known on the A.T. as “Windtalker” and “Mom,” delve into the emotional aspects of a couple who spent six months of their lives and marriage on the Appalachian Trail.......Through their shared experiences we find that love and relationships can become stronger and more meaningful from both trial and mutual support over difficult terrain and circumstances………Any couple looking to share a difficult but inspiring adventure together, or any person interested in the emotional aspects of conquering the Appalachian Trail, would benefit from reading their story. - Lee Sheaffer – Former President, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

On the heels of their wildly successful first book, "Solemates," comes "The Walk – Reflections on Life and Faith from the Appalachian Trail;" a refreshing and thought-provoking look at spiritual growth.

Conquering the famed Appalachian Trail in one continuous six-month hike is a life-changing journey; a journey fraught with unimaginable obstacles, yet rich in unrivaled rewards. It is also a journey awash with spiritual significance; a realization not lost on the authors.

Using stories from their own A.T. thru-hike, Scripture passages, inspirational quotes, and words of wisdom from Native Americans, the authors describe the spiritual revelations they encountered on the trail and draw the many inescapable parallels between walking the trail and a "walk of faith."

"The Walk" touches on eight key spiritual topics: Staying on 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 of life on the A.T. Specially-written devotionals and prayers conclude each chapter, offering the reader a chance to reflect.

Because of its use of trail life analogies to explain the principles of Christian living, "The Walk" is equally accessible to those who consider themselves beginners on their spiritual journey and those who have been on a Christian journey for many years. Equally important, because of its descriptions of Christian concepts demonstrated on the trail by hikers, this book offers spiritual perspectives in a very relevant way to those who are looking for a clearer understanding of Christian concepts at work in real life situations.

“One of the fun things about being a book lover and blogger, is occasionally I'll get a chance to read an inspiring book that was completely off my radar…I'm glad I took a look at this one...a warm conversational tone, always reflecting awe and wonder for God's creation, never condescending…keen insights on the Christian walk…” - Larry Baxter, stepuptothecall.blogspot.com

“…fascinating how this book fit into my life…The combination of the stories of their trail experiences and the parallels with the Christian faith were very interesting and enjoyable…I recommend “The Walk” to any hiking enthusiast or any Christian, it is a very interesting book that just may bring new meaning to your life.” - John Cook, AvidChristian.com

Both "Solemates – Lessons on Life, Love & Marriage from the Appalachian Trail" and "The Walk – Reflections on Life and Faith from the Appalachian Trail" are available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, as well as from other online book distributors. Both books are also available for Kindle, Nook and all other eBook readers.

For more information on these two inspiring books and to read additional reviews, visit http://www.qualtechresourcegroup.com

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