Was given this many years ago by a friend who joined me on a 10 day hike into the wilderness. Am re-reading to charge my batteries!*****************This book is wonderful to read. It is the simple journal of a man who takes a 7 day hiking trip alone into the wild. David Douglas encourages time in solitude and "aloneness" (not just being in a room alone, but really being away from people completely) for those of us who have busy fast paced lives and need rest and time to think, pray, and re-prioritize. Many consider the Biblical wilderness a place of judgement or a place of temptation or testing. However, Jesus also went into the wilderness to pray and spend time alone with his Heavenly Father! So the author encourages us to go to the wilderness to have time to think, time to pray, time away from the "usual" and thus have the chaff blown away, the unimportant identified, and a renewed focus on what is essential and critical.I recommend it for reading, even if you cannot take a 7 day hiking trip alone into the wild!