'I've read many stories about hiking the AT—and even hiked a portion of it myself. But Brad's account of his personal and spiritual trek along this dirt path is by far the most moving. It's full of powerful lessons for all of us— fathers, husbands, business owners— whatever our journey is.'
Chuck Bowen Editor and Associate Publisher Lawn & Landscape Magazine
'I recommend this book to anyone wants to know what it is like to thru-hike the AT. No matter what kind of hiker you are, you will enjoy this book.'
Greg Spencer Roadrunner AT Thru Hiker '04
Have you ever dreamed of what you would do if you could take off from the responsibilities of your job and do something truly meaningful? What if there was a way to live your dream and help others in the process? If the chance to do something like this came along, wouldn't it be crazy not to take it?
These are the questions that came into the mind and heart of Brad Johnson in the summer of 2009. Brad had established a successful lawn care business and had recently welcomed his first grandchild into the world. By all measures, Brad was a success. But he wanted a new challenge. He wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail.
In A Compassionate Journey, Brad describes his quest to make his dream of hiking the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail a reality in the summer and fall of 2010. Brad made it his goal to raise money before and during his hike and hoped to raise $100,000 for charities in his hometown. Find out how Brad found strength, along with some much-needed trail magic, in his inspirational account of A Compassionate Journey.