Walking to Listen 4000 Miles Across America One Story at a

Walking to Listen 4000 Miles Across America One Story at a

Walking to Listen 4000 Miles Across America One Story at a Time [Download] ✤ Walking to Listen 4000 Miles Across America One Story at a Time ➸ Andrew Forsthoefel – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Life is fast and I've found it's easy to confuse the miraculous for the mundane so I'm slowing down way down in order to give my full presence to the extraordinary that infuses each moment and resides Listen 4000 Kindle Ô Life is fast and I've found it's easy to confuse the miraculous for the mundane so I'm slowing down way down in order to give my full presence to the extraordinary that to Listen 4000 Miles Across PDF/EPUB or infuses each moment and resides in every one of usAt Andrew Forsthoefel headed Walking to Epub / out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford Pennsylvania with a backpack an audio recorder his copies of Whitman and Rilke and a sign that read Walking to Listen He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life but to Listen 4000 PDF ´ he didn't know how So he decided to take a cross country uest for guidance one where everyone he met would be his guide In the year that followed he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer He met beasts inside fear loneliness doubt But he to Listen 4000 Miles Across PDF/EPUB or also encountered incredible kindness from strangers Thousands shared their stories with him sometimes confiding their prejudices too Often he didn't know how to respond How to find unity in diversity How to stay connected even as fear works to tear us apart He listened for answers to these uestions and to the existential uestions every human must face and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself Ultimately it's the stories of others living all along the roads of America that carry this journey and sing out in a hopeful heartfelt book about how a life is made and how our nation defines itself on the most human level.

10 thoughts on “Walking to Listen 4000 Miles Across America One Story at a Time

  1. Christine Christine says:

    I can’t rate this book because doing so would feel like rating the author’s experience Reading his journey was long and uninteresting at times likely an honest reflection of the walk itself The jubilance the author felt when reaching his destination mirrored my own for reaching the end of his story While I do not regret the time I spent reading this I am uite excited about never picking it up again

  2. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    Andrew is finished with college but doesn't know what to do next He decides to take a walk Across America A walk to see if he can find out the important things in life He does It's an almost year long journey from Pennsylvania down South through Texas across New Mexico and Arizona to California Along the way he meets people and true to the sign he wears he walks to listen And boy do people talk They tell stories about their lives about the deaths of people close to them about health troubles about friendships about worries about jobs and work and play and food and all the other things that make up a human life Andrew listens And writes it all down Reflects on it And keeps walking You don't want to miss this book

  3. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Follow Andrew Forsthoefel on his walking journey from Pennsylvania to California as he shares the stories he heard from those he met along the wayI wasn’t anticipating such a spiritual journey along with the physical one I’m not sure why because duh it is bound to happen I greatly enjoyed hearing the stories of those Forsthoefel met especially the Navajo women But at times I felt myself weighed down with his musings on death and dying Maybe it was because I was not in a place to want to be contemplating such heavy subjects – it probably was because of this Also as I am a west coast gal I was eager to get to the parts of his travels in Nevada and California Then to find them mostly glossed over with only a couple of introductions to folks he met I was severely disappointed Yes I understand it was the end of the journey and there was an energy to get to the end but I still found myself disappointed he didn’t immerse himself in of the west coast culture we aren’t all living coast sideThe lack of detail on his far west journey and the at times to deep of a dive into thoughts of death brought down the star rating for me overall

  4. Alison Alison says:

    This was a great account of the authors walk across America and to his encounters with the people he meets along the way His goal to learn something about himself through self reflection about his own behavior and beliefs and also about the lives and beliefs of the people he meetsThis story takes us back and forth from the authors life before the walk and the lives of the people he encounters and interviews through his idea of walking to listen He was hopeful that something in their stories would help him discover what he was looking for within his own life He feared that seeking stories of others would leave him and empty receptacle for the lives of everyone else But that is not the caseI love all of the wisdom people gave him along the way and the many different points of view He met so many people of different social status race and lifestyles and each one gave him a bit of themselvesThis book gives one a lot to think about it allows us to also search our own needs and wants and giving us a glimpse of life outside of ourselves a less selfish life perhapsHe had so many wonderful encounters along the way and was able to for the most part do away with his preconceived fears and expectationsOne encounter he had and which stood out to me was after leaving this one man after a 20 min talk told him “You know all you're really doing is reading a book just with your feet” As a constant companion he had various books with him from Walt Whitman Ranier Maria Rilke to Khalil Gibran and reflected upon them oftenHe thanks the people at the end for Teaching him what he asked to learn showing him what he needed to see and to telling him what he was open to hearingThis is a very inspiring journeyThank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for the ARC of this book

  5. The Hag Reads The Hag Reads says:

    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway and the publisher included a letter asking me to review to book in exchange for “winning” the copyI didn’t look too much beyond the title and the blurb touting it as a journey across America on foot wherein the author explores the stories of the people he encounters along the way which both sounded exciting and interesting I was super excited when I was notified that I had “won” the book that was over a month ago It arrived a couple of weeks ago and I was already in the middle of several books and trying to finish up some essays for classes so I glanced at it and set it on the shelf next to my bed for reading later in the weekI picked it up shortly afterward to give it a good “once over” The art on the dust jacket feels appropriate for the genre and for the title I took my time reading the inside flap front and then I got to the inside flap back and felt a little sorry that I received this from the publisher The letter that arrived with the book reuested a review to be posted anywhere and everywhere that I would like to but I got to the author blurb and photo on the back cover and my opinion of the potentialities of this book dropped significantly In the future I will probably take care when entering drawings by checking out the age and background of the author I don’t want to know that much about a book before I start reading it so I don’t spoil anything for myself which has happened in the past but in this case I wish I hadThe author is a 23 year old at the time he set out on this journey white male read privileged My initial reaction was oh a newly minted baby man He had only graduated from college and he set off to discover himself and the world asking the people he met along the way what they would ask their 23 year old selves in hopes of finding answers to uestions concerns and issues he had about his own nebulous futureThe back cover has uite a few blurbs that make extravagant claims as to how important it is for people to read Walking to Listen and some even suggest that this book will redeem public opinion of millennials I don’t have a low opinion of millennials in general; I think like all previous generations the media seems to hype a divide that indeed exists much the same way that the “mommy wars” exists but that I feel is often artificial and inflammatoryOnce I got over my initial annoyance and I’d had a chance to think about it who else but a young white guy could walk across the United States be relatively safe? Probably not a young woman of the same age as the authorheck even at 46 I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it Maybe not a person of ANY color even Forsthoefel uestions at several points in his video what would have happened to him if he had been black instead of white on this journey I think that a non white person might be harassed often but I also think skin color and maybe age might change the demographic of who is willing to approach them andor offer help Once I wasn’t slightly indignant about the author’s demographic I had a much enjoyable time readingHaving finished the book I am 100% comfortable giving it a solid three star rating Walking to Listen is somewhat similar to other books of this nature though most of my experience with this protracted journey on foot is with stories blogs and videos is the Appalachian Trail Wild by Cheryl Strayed for example Forsthoefel’s book reads part travelogue and part personal journal I feel like what keeps Walking to Listen from being bogged down by his mostly melancholy musings about the purpose of his life are the stories that he shares with the everyday people that he encountered on his journeyI enjoyed the book most when he was writing about how hard I was just to get up and walk 20 miles a day and what that did to his body how he struggled with loneliness especially has he got further along and when Forsthoefel wrote about the people he talked to and who took him inI couldn’t see my way to giving it stars though because I feel like this has been done and done better before but also because he never provided an overall picture of his travels How many nights did he spend camping because no one would take him in? He only speaks briefly about negative experiences on the trail I really wanted to see some breakdown how many nights he camped out with and without permission how many nights he spent in hotels and how many nights people took him in and whether he asked them to or if they just offered and how often was he stopped by law enforcement of some sortOverall a solid read interesting enough to keep me coming back but it didn’t knock my socks off and I don’t feel like this book in some way redeems millennials who I don’t feel need to be redeemed as some of the blurbs and press for the book claim If you like soul searching dark night of the soul travelogue type books then you will probably enjoy Walking to Listen Happy reading

  6. Molly Molly says:

    Ugh I fought to get to the end of this book I was far interested in the stories of the people he met than the repetitive belly button gazing he gave throughout this book While he at least acknowledged that this was the journey of a young white privileged young man it did not step beyond the journey of a young white privileged young man I recognize that the loneliness that he felt was real it was self imposed and he never made the leap to see that When he met the young man with the savior complex and then later encountered the reality of the Aurora shooter he never made the connection that he could have been the difference for the young man he met on the road He only compared the shooter to his own experience He made the decision to buy the baby carriage because he needed it instead of letting the couple buy it who couldn't afford one for their actual baby Over and over he was gifted with food shelter and kindness from people along the road who really couldn't afford to give And yet every time he was given the opportunity to give he did not I think he needs to walk some

  7. Tami Tami says:

    I think I would probably give this of a 25 than just a 2 If this memoir hadn't been selected as this months book club read I don't think I would have ever picked it up Andrew's decision to walk across America to learn other peoples stories to understand himself made me groan in annoyance after reading the preface I just knew I was going to be annoyed throughout and I often was I felt like this whole year was his whiny I'm not ready to be an adult excuse for not finding a job I was so tired of every story circling back to learning a lesson about himself Sigh The first 12 of the book was slow for me I decided if I was going to finish I had to just sit down and power through Saturday was my day I read the rest basically in one sitting I will say I enjoyed the Navajo portion of the book and the ending I could relate to Andrew's mothers' tears I teared up too when she received him at the beach at Half Moon Bay I really feel its because my daughter Taryn is out of the United States for a year so missing her is a daily worry and heartache too

  8. Richard Becker Richard Becker says:

    This is a remarkable story of a trip in the tradition of William Least Heat Moon I was inspired by this young man who went on a walk in an effort to find himself spiritually He meets many people along the way who are interested in him help him and cheer him on They include people of every race and religion including native americans This is one of my favorite nonfiction books that I have read in awhile It gives me hope in people at a time that I needed that

  9. Barbara Barbara says:

    Bravo to Andrew Forsthoefel for embarking on a remarkable journey and sharing it in a tender funny and beautifully written book His observations of people places and the natural world are honest sometimes raw and always authentic I cried at the end of this book because I felt the true effort of his emotional and physical journey So good

  10. Amie Newberry Amie Newberry says:

    Loved his writing—he knows how to place words together but I often felt a current of being preached at by a young 23 year old Sometimes his epiphanies were rather cliche I hate saying thatbecause I respect the journey and the effortbut I struggled with the fact that he pointed a “young finger” at older people older ideas older wisdom and wagged it as if he had a better sophisticated answer It was at time condescending I’d give it 2 12 starsbut I rounded up for youthful ignorance

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