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Why Would a 58-Year-Old Set Out on a 2,000-Mile Hike?

Contact: Josiah Williams, Publicist, WinePress Publishing, 360-802-9758, josiah@winepresspublishing.com

ENUMCLAW, Wash., May 10, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Charles Anderson began his journey of five-million steps along the Appalachian Trail when he was fifty-eight years old. Already an avid hiker, he had a particular reason for section-hiking the entire length of American's most famous footpath.

Anderson had discovered that the cream of America's youth were also walking the Trail, and many of them were searching for a meaning to life. As a former missionary to France, Anderson knew the answer to their spiritual quest -- faith in Jesus Christ. These youth became Anderson's new mission field. His new book, "Beyond My Limits," tells about his experiences.

"I remember one young man who emerged from the fog near Neels Gap, Georgia," recalls Anderson. "I recognized him as one of the hikers at a stone shelter to whom I had given a tract."

The young man held up the tract and told Anderson he had read it. "I want to talk to you about it," he said, introducing himself as a University of Georgia student.

For the next twenty minutes, Charles Anderson and the student discussed faith and God's plan of salvation. Anderson shared his own testimony and urged the young man to be sure he had really put his trust in Christ. The man thanked Anderson and before moving down the trail said he would think about what the older man had said.

As Anderson touched the lives of others along the way with a message of hope and salvation, a personal inner journey was taking place. Trusting, obeying, believing, and worshiping God in the beauty and challenges of the wilderness rewarded him with moments of astounding joy and a deepened relationship with his Creator. He wrote "Beyond My Limits" to encourage other Christians "to get off their La-Z-Boys and on the Trail." He is convinced that such action could be life-changing.

A published writer, Charles Anderson has a bachelor's degree from Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University), and a master's degree from Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Warren, Ohio.

For more information, to request a review copy of "Beyond My Limits," or to schedule an interview, please contact Josiah Williams by phone at 360-802-9758, by email at josiah@winepresspublishing.com, or by fax at 360-802-9992. To purchase a copy of this book, visit www.winepressbooks.com or call 877-421-7323.