PUYB presents…‘The Wanderers’ Paul Stutzman

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‘The Wanderers’

by…Paul Stutzman

 

Paul StutzmanPaul Stutzman, author of the Amish Fiction THE WANDERERS is over at PUYB Virtual Book Club today to talk about his new book, the Amish way of life and to give away a copy of his book to one lucky person who leaves a question or comments.  The contest to win a free copy of his book will begin today and end on Monday, November 11.  Good luck!

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More about Paul Stutzman:

Paul Stutzman was born in Holmes County, Ohio in an Amish family. His family left the Amish lifestyle soon after Paul was born. They joined a strict Conservative Mennonite Church where Paul was raised to fear God and obey all the rules the church demanded. Paul continued to live among and mingle with his Amish friends and relatives his entire life. Paul married a Mennonite girl and remained in the Amish community working and raising a family. After Paul lost his wife to cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart- the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the 2,176 mile Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life-and can change yours too. After completing his trek Stutzman wrote Hiking Through—a book about this life changing journey.

In the summer of 2010 Stutzman again heeded the call for adventure and pedaled his bicycle 5,000 miles across America. He began his ride at the Northwest corner of Washington State and pedaled to Key West, Florida.  On his journey across America he encounters people in all circumstances, from homelessness to rich abundance. The people he meets touch his life profoundly. Stutzman writes about these encounters in his book Biking Across America.

Recently Stutzman released his first novel entitled The WanderersThe Wanderers is a story about Johnny, a young Amish boy growing up in a culture he is not sure he wants to embrace. A young Amish girl named Annie wins his heart and life is great for a time. Entwined with Johnny and Annie’s story is the allegory of two Monarch butterflies, worms who have been transformed into amazing creatures specially chosen to carry out the miracle of the fourth generation. They, too, must undertake a long journey before they finally find home.

The Wanderers 7In addition to writing, he speaks to groups about his hiking and biking experiences and the lessons learned during these adventures. Stutzman resides in Berlin, Ohio and can be contacted through his website atwww.hikingthrough.com orwww.paulstutzman.com.

Stutzman resides in Berlin, Ohio and can be contacted through his website atwww.hikingthrough.com orwww.paulstutzman.com
About The Wanderers:

Everything in God’s nature, Johnny observed, did what it was created to do. Everything, that is, except the human race. Johnny was born into an Amish family, into a long line of farmers and good businessmen. He is expected to follow the traditions of family and church as he grows to adulthood. But even as a boy, he questions whether he can be satisfied with this lifestyle. He wants “more” — more education, more travel, more opportunity.

His restlessness leads him down a dangerous road where too much partying and drinking result in heartbreaking consequences. He’s adrift, and no one seems to be able to help him find his direction.
Then he meets spunky Annie, who seems pure and lovely and devoted to her God. Her past, though, holds sin and heartbreak. She was a worm, she explains, but God has transformed her into a butterfly. Johnny falls hopelessly in love; and eventually he, too, finds the power of God to transform lives.
Settling down on the family farm, he forgets about the questions and the restlessness, thinking that he is happy and at home, at last.

But in a few short hours, tragedy changes his life forever, and he is again wondering… and wandering on a very long journey.

Entwined with Johnny and Annie’s story is the allegory of two Monarch butterflies, worms who have been transformed into amazing creatures specially chosen to carry out the miracle of the fourth generation. They, too, must undertake a long journey before they finally find home.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Clearly Johnny wasn’t happy living the Amish life, he wanted more. And his hunger for life outside his Amish roots led him into a life of recklessness and destruction. Then comes Annie into his life, and shows him a love that he was searching for, as well as the God that he was searching to know.

It took me a while to get interested in this book, and the switching back and forth between the characters and butterflies was a bit confusing, especially at first. But as the story develops, though some parts were heartbreaking, I found it a story of love, redemption and salvation in our God. This is not your usual Amish love story, but one I think you will enjoy. Johnny and Annie’s story, set in an Amish community, will stay with you long after you finish reading. And it seems pretty clear that a Book 2 is coming, so be on the watch out for more from Paul Stutzman.

I received this book from PUYB to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman A Revell Blog Tour

A life-changing journey begins with a single step

After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart–the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life–and can change yours as well.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When Paul Stutzman’s wife passed away from breast cancer, even though life had to go on, it didn’t help the feelings of grief, hurt, being abandoned by God, and missing his wife Mary. After a year, Paul decided to quit his job and restaurant manager and hike

away his grief on the Appalachian Trail. I love the Appalachian Mountains, and having visited quite a bit, I can see why the author chose this setting as his place of healing. And of course there were the questions, did he do the right thing in stepping down from his job, what would his family think, would he make it to the end, and what would happen in-between? But Paul did endure the entire four and one half month, 2,176 mile trip through fourteen states. And at the end, Paul had almost five months of memories that would change his life forever. Those memories are recorded in his book, “Hiking Through.

Wow, if you are hurting because of anything in your life, this book will be a great resource to help with your healing. Having lost several family members to cancer, and several more that suffered breast cancer, I can identify with the difficult feelings the author has endured. Suffering through these illnesses and losses change your life forever. Paul Stutzman did something not many people do, and that is go to the extremes to find help and healing in his situation. I admire and respect the author for seeking this help, and also writing about it to help others deal with their hurt and loss.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book to read and enjoy. And if you have suffered loss, or if you know someone who has, this is especially an awesome book for you to have. And the Appalachian Trail setting is wonderful, peaceful and calm, and just the right setting for something such as this. 

I rec’d a copy of this book to read and review from Revell Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

“Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Stutzman is a former restaurant manager who left his career after his wife’s death from breast cancer. He hiked the Appalachian Trail in search of peace, healing, and freedom. His passion and mission is to share what he learned on that remarkable journey. Paul grew up in the Mennonite church. When he is not hiking or on a cross-country bike ride he makes his home in Berlin, Ohio.

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