Walking Home - 2000km in 80 Days (Andrew Sav) PAPERBACK

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A humorous account of the agony, laughter, mess-ups and close encounters that were all part of ‘The 2000 Walk’. A witty and wonderful tale about blisters, blunders and babbling on about Bibles.

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What began as Sav’s 2000km walk home from Cairns to Stanthorpe in 2010 developed into an awareness-raising campaign for the then 2000 languages still with no Scripture. In his new book, told in the form of journal entries, Sav gives his humorous account of the agony, laughter, mess-ups and close encounters that were all part of ‘The 2000 Walk’.

How one man’s yearning to re-connect with his country blew out of proportion. The adventure of three Aussie friends walking from Cairns to Stanthorpe.

A witty and wonderful tale about blisters, blunders and babbling on about Bibles.

343 pages

QR Codes so you can watch parts of the journey on youtube as you read.

BOOK REVIEW BY HAYLEY HUGHES
Walking Home is the first book from linguist and Bible translator Andrew Sav. Born and raised in Australia, Sav has spent the last 11 years living and working with his family in France. Whilst sensing his growing “Frenchness” and declining “Australianness”, Sav set about to reconnect with his homeland. Imagining this would involve meandering along national park trails and meeting quaint country folk along the way, Sav decides that walking 2000 kilometres from Cairns in the north of his home state of Queensland, to his hometown of Stanthorpe in the far south would go a long way to help him re-establish his roots. What unfolds is an unexpected transition from visions of idyllic solo a-wanderings to the harsh reality of a gruelling schedule alongside two mates, as they use each kilometre to raise awareness for the near-2000 languages* that are yet without any portion of scripture.

Apart from some brief background information, Walking Home is essentially a transcript of Sav’s daily journal entries as he and his mates Carnsey and Dave walk the 2000 kilometres over 80 days. Entries share the highs, lows, humour and humdrum of the day and introduce the reader to new towns, landscapes, creatures and people Sav encounters along the way. In many ways, it really feels as though you’re actually walking with Sav, without having to experience the exhaustion and pain – and with the ability to have a break when the going gets a little tough.

Along with the expected talk of blisters, and promised adrenalin-filled encounters with trucks, trains and wildlife, there are innumerable moments along The Walk when Sav chews on something seemingly insignificant and skillfully turns it into a reminder of the hundreds of millions of people still without access to God’s Word.

Sav’s writing style is candid and you get the sense that he is being completely real with his reader – beyond expected exhaustion (2000 kilometres is an extremely long way!), he is honest about his own weaknesses, foibles and his relationships with fellow walkers, his family and the people he meets along the way. This kind of authenticity can be difficult to find in Christian books, but Sav has nailed it and it is refreshing.

I wasn’t expecting the short journal entries to keep me entertained, but apart from a brief struggle somewhere around day 25, Sav’s natural way with words (he is a linguist after all) combined with unexpected comedy and cartoon drawings had me hooked. In fact, during the final weeks of the journey, I could barely put the book down waiting to see if Sav’s feet would allow him to make it all the way home.

This is a beautifully written story of one man’s trek as he overcomes immense personal challenges. But more than that Walking Home is filled with metaphors gently calling us to do our part to see “God’s Word preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, so that then the end can come” (paraphrase, Matt 24:14).

I continue to mull over different things that resonated with me as I shared Sav’s journey in Walking Home; things that relate specifically to those millions of people without God’s Word, but also lessons that God has specifically just for me in my journey with Him right now. If you’re a Christian who loves God’s Word, who enjoys a good laugh and who isn’t afraid of taking the first step(s) in overcoming your own personal challenges, then Walking Home could be just the book for you!

* Since The Walk began, translation projects have begun in an additional 400+ languages.

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A humorous account of the agony, laughter, mess-ups and close encounters that were all part of ‘The 2000 Walk’. A witty and wonderful tale about blisters, blunders and babbling on about Bibles.

Added feature: QR Codes so you can watch parts of the journey on youtube as you read.

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