The Book Club posts have really fallen off in recent months. Part of that is just me failing to continue a schedule I had set and part is that Wendy has been incredibly busy with life and its curve balls. I thought I would try to get back in the groove this month. I hope Wendy can join in again sometime after life settles back down for her family.
For this month’s pick I have to ask –
Is there a hidden adventurer in you? Do you have these dreams of doing strange or crazy things but really, you know better and you don’t do them? Well, this is the book for you.
Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul
You know it is a book of great adventure when there is more than one place where there is a disclosure statement about the lawyers saying you should not do these things and the author/publisher/fill-in-the-blank are not responsible for any injuries or death you may suffer if you dare to attempt some of the stunts from this book. 🙂
Caroline Paul recounts her adventures in this book – some of which are planned and crazy, some of which are just crazy, and some of which are just crazy but have something go wrong making them utterly terrifying. But she has lived to tell the tale. And the life lessons she has learned from it.
The stories shared within the covers of this book are fascinating and interesting. To the point that I read the book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Each of her stories comes with a lesson learned, though. And these lessons are really where the value of this book is. Lessons like “just put one foot in front of the other” or “plan well, then expect the unexpected.” Interestingly enough, these lessons tend to be the chapter titles, too.
Interspersed in the stories you will also find quotes, mini biographies of other daring girls, and plenty of charts, graphs, and illustrations to bring it all to life. There are also some places following each chapter for you to journal about how you are going to brave life based on what is shared.
All in all, this was a fun book to read. And I am sharing it with you because I really, really enjoyed it. I am not reviewing it for a company or for any other reason. I think my girls will enjoy reading it and I think it will challenge them to think about stepping out of their comfort zone. I know it did me.