Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blind Descent by Brian Dickinson

I loved and hated this book.  I was crazily anticipating this book in the mail and couldn't wait to sink my eyeballs into it!  The beginning did not disappoint, but as the story progressed, I wanted to poke my eyeballs out with a sharp fork. Now don't get me wrong, it is a good story.  I love Brian, his family, and his adventure, and I really wanted this story to be amazing because Brian sounds like an amazing man with such a beautiful heart, but the story failed. I really feel one could read the first 1/4 of the book and then go and read the last 1/4 and not miss anything.  I found myself skimming pages just to get to the "good part".  Most of the book is a filler and at times hard to understand and follow to those of us who are not avid climbers or familiar with the details of Mt. Everest.
                                                                                                                           The reasoning behind me wanting to grab a sharp object and poke my eyeballs out was the repetitive talk of AARI training, eating spam, soup & hot tea, and Camp I & Camp II talk.  I couldn't take it.

It is a beautiful story of Brian, his ordeal, how he was able to face his crisis, and probably the most trying and difficult time in his life.  He has a beautiful faith in God and his trust in our Lord his something we should all strive for.  It makes our difficult journeys in life so much easier--as Brian has clearly experienced.  His Naval training came into use probably more than he could have ever imagined and at times it was interesting to hear how he came to have the strength and determination he did.

Tyndale Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

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