Five Million Steps

  • by Lon Chenowith
  • Narrated by Mark McDevitt
  • 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Something happened there that is too rare among men: We touched the soul, and we touched heaven. The encounter put fire in my bones and brought a deep humility to know that God was at work in this crazy project of mine." Hiking from Georgia to Maine sounds incredulous to most. To Lon Chenowith, it is a journey that calls him into the wild - a journey that reveals true tests of faith and will in the direst circumstances. What began as a dream in his teens to trek the Appalachian Trail takes flight with a preliminary hike with his two young boys from Amicalola Falls to Unicoi Gap. The initial intrigue wears off, and Lon quickly realizes he will be making a long, arduous journey alone, save for a few hiking partners and unique characters met along the way.As a section-hiker, Lon, best known as the Arkansas Traveler, spans the course of 14 years, climbing 237 mountains in a backcountry with a culture all its own. The romance of trekking across the mountains quickly wears off, and the presence of God teaches him perseverance and faith. While at times lonesome and hard, the undeniable urge to return to nature keeps Lon climbing and chronicling his Five Million Steps.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Really hard to get through

What would have made Five Million Steps better?

A story

Has Five Million Steps turned you off from other books in this genre?

no, not at all.

What didn’t you like about Mark McDevitt’s performance?

Nothing stands out but overall it was a bad experience. He must have really needed the work

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

The religous tone of the book did not upset me, I expected it from the introduction, it was the only thing that gave is any sort of direction. I feel the author just didnt have enough to say. He spends 30% of the book just naming, by trail name, everyone he ever crossed pathes with. The naming of each person seemed to me so that they can say,"hey! I made it into a book!" Another 40% of the book listed every meal( whate he ate as well as everyone else dinning with him) while hiking and on his side trips. It seemed as though he had to fill space. It really got annoying. The other 30% was about the trail and how God guided him on his journey.

He should have just stuck to giving talks. There is 30-45 mineuts of material. Ouch, tiring to get through. Kept waiting for more.

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- Brian

Five Million meals, prayers, and trail names

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would like to hear more commentary about the hike and less of the detail about who he saw and what religion they claim to be. Good book if you want to read everything you can about the AT. You will hear the name of every every shelter on the AT and every place to grab a peach Snapple. You won't hear a lot of wit, but you will figure out that you will meet persons representing every religious denomination on the trail. Methodists are most favorable in the authors opinion.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Drum roll please...well a drum roll would have been nice.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Decent narration.

Do you think Five Million Steps needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not at all.

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- Gregory

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2009
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing