The Mission Walker
I Was Given Three Months to Live...
Edie Littlefield Sundby
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"The Mission Walker is a marvelous book, a moving meditation on the relationships between courage and faith, endurance and transcendence." Randall Sullivan, Creator, The Miracle Detective, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
"Edie Sundby’s account of her amazing trek along the entirety of the California Mission Trail is not only captivating and inspiring but also one heck of an outdoors adventure." Les Standiford, Author
"This powerful story of determination and faith will stay with you forever." Ken Budd Journalist/Author
“… a powerful narrative that takes us through the author’s harrowing journeys, inward and outward.” JoBeth McDaniel Journalist/Author
"There are parts of this book that I couldn't pull myself away from.... that left me with profound messages. Incredible memoir!!! Incredible woman!!!! 5 Stars" Elyse Walters, #3 Top Reviewer, Goodreads
This story is not about avoiding death. It’s about living life.
Immerse yourself in the amazing story of Edie Littlefield Sundby, who, after being told she had only 3 months to live, survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy, radical liver and lung surgeries, and then walked 800 miles along the California Mission Trail, averaging 14 miles a day, and stopping at life-giving missions to revive her body and her soul.
When she finished she yearned to walk the mission trail from its start – in Mexico. But no one had traversed that trail in 250 years.
As you will learn in the pages of this book, Edie doesn’t care about what some deem impossible. It is that spirit that has allowed her to live, despite the odds.
With fading strength and only one lung, she walked another 800 miles through the rugged mountains and deserts of Baja Mexico to the California border. In a walk of triumph, of harrowing adventure, and of spiritual enlightenment, she carried her mortality in every step and in the process opened up a profound communion with God and his creation, and the true meaning of life.
And all of this with a terminal cancer that was chasing her every step of the way. It still is, and she continues to walk with it every day.
For me, walking is a transcendent physical, emotional, and spiritual experience, like dancing. "If I can move, I am not sick.” That is my alternate reality. And I believe with all my will in that reality. So when cancer strikes again and again, I walk to stay alive.
Life is the greatest adventure there is. Why stop our adventuring because someone says the end might be near?
For those who crave a spirit of adventure, who ache like Edie to know what our bodies and spirits are truly capable of, this book is a must-read. A true testament to faith, courage, and the power of hope.
I'm sure I will be an outlier but I found this book disturbing for numerous reasons. Underlying all the "look how brave and religious I am" I saw a very selfish woman who wasted millions of dollars of health care resources against all medical advice (u can always find some doctor to spend ur money). Imagine how many deprived children around the world that money could help. Not once did she talk about the huge burden and sacrifices her friends and family made. She not once looked beyond herself during the walk to see the danger she put others in (drivers) when she walked pedestrian dangerous roads. It was selfish and reckless.
A heroine would have accepted her life, sought Palliative Care, made her farewells heartfelt and meaningful and perhaps started a worthy foundation to help deprived people (maybe in the Ukraine)
I would not recommend this book to any cancer patient.
The Mission Walker
This is one of those books that wraps you into the story and you look forward to each new chapter. It took us on a journey into her life, forward and back and how to be present. It soulfully brought us to feel humility and gratitude for life, pure and simple life. As the author, Edie, treks onward she digs deep going back to her roots of family and her first connections to faith and God.
We still have a few chapters to go and my husband said, "I don't want to read Edie's book today"
I asked "Why?" He replied "Because I don't want it to end."