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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"I'll Push You"

disclaimer:  I received the following book from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

"I'll Push You"

by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck

  "I'll Push You" is the true life tale of two best friends who decide to go on a challenging adventure.  They decide to take on the 500 mile trek from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostella in Spain, also known as the El Camino de Santiago.  

  This six week journey is tough enough for many folks let alone the fact that Justin is in a wheel chair and that Patrick will be pushing him over the rough terrain.  Along with their camera crew to document their journey and Ted who has agreed to help them for awhile, they head out for a wonderful adventure.

  Mommy in PA:  I just want to say that this is one of those books that I was dragging my feet with, not that I didn't like it, but because I didn't want it to end.  

  You really get to understanding these guys and what they've been through in their personal lives and the challenges that they and their families face everyday.  They make you see that everyone has their battles, whether physical like Justin's or more inner turmoil like Patrick's and how allowing yourself to be open to others and receive help from others can finally make you realize what really matters or what your next step should be.

  I love how this book would take you from a really sad moment in one chapter and do a total flip and have you laughing to the point of tears in the next (the story about the bat had both my husband and I laughing so hard...the book is totally worth reading for this part alone).  The emotions are so real.

  I can't wait to watch the documentary that was filmed during the trip.  It will be the perfect companion to the book.   

  I think it is just wonderful how all the others stopped to give a hand or just talk for a bit, it reminds you that we really are all just humans trying to make it day by day and sometimes we all need a little help and sometimes helping others helps us : )

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