2018 Audie Award Finalist for best inspirational book
"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.