New book Tales from the Trail by Sherry Blackman is released, a collection of spiritually-charged stories from the oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

January 13 19:04 2022
New book Tales from the Trail by Sherry Blackman is released, a collection of spiritually-charged stories from the oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

Tales from the Trail: Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail by Sherry Blackman has been released worldwide. This 255-page collection  pays tribute to those who dare such a grueling and soul-satisfying adventure on the  2200-mile hike from Georgia to Maine. 

The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, is  home to the oldest, continuously-running Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail  (AT), offering sanctuary to over 1200 hikers per year. Blackman is a spiritual investigative reporter in her new book, relying on decades of experience as a prize winning, globe-trotting journalist, poet and author. She brings a keen observational  eye, an inquisitive intellect, and deep-down compassion to those who shared their  stories and longings for answers, healing, and transformation in this cathedral of  the wild. 

Tales from the Trail, part memoir and part spiritual reflection, chronicles the  adventures—some humorous, some deeply moving—of those who dare to strip life  down to its bare bones to discover or rediscover their humanity. 

Tales from the Trail (ISBN: 9781737628736) can be purchased through retailers  worldwide, including and Amazon. The paperback retails for $15.99. Wholesale orders are available through Ingram. 

From the back cover: 

During the 2020 pandemic, one thing held true: Scores of people headed out for a  day hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) as if being in the woods, immersed in  beauty and mystery, immunized them against an invisible enemy. The AT became a  hospital for souls locked up in quarantine, needing to breathe, stretch, and be  grounded by the earth beneath their feet. 

For decades, the AT has been a sanctuary for seekers, the tired and the lost; those  hungry for renewal, the broken and the grieving; and those who want to face and  answer questions they have lugged around with them in invisible backpacks.  Questions like, what is next for me? Is there a God? Should I live or end it all?  How can I liberate my life from what weighs it down? How can I forgive God? 

This book pays tribute to all those who dare such a grueling and soul-satisfying  adventure. It tells the tales of those on a pilgrimage through insightful 

conversations and encounters, exploring and revealing what angels the hikers are  wrestling with in the wilderness, angels who call out to name them again. This  collection unveils the spirituality of any such journey in sometimes humorous,  sometimes heart-wrenching portraits. 

Tales from the Trail explores the longings within us to lose our life, only to find  it. 

About the author: 

Reverend Sherry Blackman is the pastor of The Presbyterian Church of the  Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, home to the oldest, continuously running Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail. She is an award-wining, internationally published journalist, poet, and author of Call to Witness: A True  Story of one woman’s battle with a disability, discrimination, and a  pharmaceutical powerhouse, published in 2013. In addition, Rev. Blackman is a  chaplain for the Pennsylvania State Police. Her forthcoming book, Rev-It-Up: Tales of a Truck Stop Chaplain, due out in 2022, chronicles her adventures as a  Truck Stop Chaplain, a ministry she’s served since 2006. 

About MindStir Media: 

MindStir Media LLC is an award-winning book publisher. To learn more about  publishing a book with MindStir Media, visit or call  800-767-0531.

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