Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: Impossible Beyond This Point by Virgil, Marcella & Joel Horn

Hi all,

When I first began publishing my novels, I became acquainted with a lovely lady named Crystal Marie who is a writer, blogger, and a talented quilt maker. She had told me she was working on editing/proofreading a family book about their journey into the wilderness to achieve a self-sustainable life. I found this interesting. It isn't easy for people today to grasp the idea of giving up all modern conveniences to dedicate their lives to becoming self-sufficient. So, when Crystal offered to send me a copy of the book after it was published, I was thrilled. Here is more about this true life story and my five star review.

Impossible Beyond This Point
Virgil Horn, Marcella Horn, Joel Horn, Authors

Book Description:

The true story of one family's struggle and triumph creating a self-sufficient life in the wilderness. Join the Horn family on the adventure of a lifetime. Learn how a couple from the city moved to the wilderness with three small boys and carved out a life in the middle of nowhere that has endured for nearly 50 years.

With nearly 400 pages and over 100 photos, Impossible Beyond This Point is a compelling must-read for anyone interested in (or contemplating) getting away from it all.

My 5 Star Review:

Imagine you are getting close to forty years old, you have a family to support, an established life and a home, and then deciding to pack it all up and move to the wilderness. That is exactly what Virgil and Marcella and their three young sons did in the late 1960s. After deciding to purchase land in the Trinity Alps in northern California which also included a gold mine, they packed up their family and left their southern California home to start a new life. And although it wasn't easy by any means, and they had many setbacks, together as a family they persevered.

Told in a way that makes you feel you are following along on their journey, Impossible Beyond This Point chronicles the highs and lows that the Horn family experienced as they carved out their lives in their new home in the wilderness. From their first years in the tiny cabin to the building of their permanent home, you read almost every detail of their experience. I enjoyed the stories of the people they met, the animals they encountered, and the triumphs they experienced. It is truly an inspiring story, one you will ponder over long after you've finished reading it. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a true life adventure.


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About Joel Horn:

Barely five years old when his family moved from southern California to the wilderness, Joel Horn and his two brothers grew up in the rugged Trinity Alps, learning how to do the numerous and varied tasks necessary for survival while carving out a life in the remote paradise they dubbed the Flat. Living this self-reliant life and tutored by the best of teachers, their dad and hands-on experience, they achieved a level of self-sufficiency rarely seen in modern times.

Joel is a veteran with three deployments during his 20 years as a UH-1 and UH-60 crew chief in the California National Guard. Like his father, Joel is also an artist and jeweler and works from home in the family businesses, Horn's Jewelry and Rock Climbing Jewelry. Joel continues to live on the Flat today, with his wife of nearly two decades and his mother and brothers close by.

In his first book, Impossible Beyond This Point , Joel combines his parents' writings with his own recollections to create a fascinating and entertaining account of the family's struggle and triumph creating a self-sufficient life in the wilderness.

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I hope you will check out this wonderful book and give it a try. You are sure to enjoy it like I did.


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