OVER THE TOP: HOW ONE MOVE CHANGED A CLIMBER’S LIFE BY Russell Fralick

Not being a rock climber or knowing that much about the sport, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I thought it might be boring with all the details about rock climbing techniques, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was very interesting and the author’s detailed explanations put me right alongside them experiencing everything. It also gave me a newfound respect for the strength and courage this sport takes.
The author’s story is like many people searching for Christ and trying to fill that void with other things. I must admit his way of running from God was much more dangerous than the average!
I usually read at night before I go to sleep because it helps me relax. It didn’t work that way with this book! I could feel Mr. Fralick’s frustration in his attempt to be the best, gain the respect among his peers, and get that adrenaline high he craved. I felt my body tense at the unpredictable and suspenseful moments he faced. I also became exasperated with him that even after many close calls he was delivered from, he turned around and went again to even riskier ones! With all the suspense this was definitely NOT a help you go to sleep book!
His story proves you can’t run from God. With all his wanderings, risk taking and seeking the wrong solutions to the anxiety he was experiencing, I could see God working. His hand is seen throughout the story planting seeds, gently guiding Mr. Fralick closer to Him. Yet as with many of us he just didn’t get it until that one climb, that one moment he never thought would happen to him, when he faced death head on. It was a blessing that when he did accept Christ he gave himself and his life completely to Him. His passion for rock climbing took on a whole new direction and meaning in the Lord’s hands.
I received this book free from Discovery House Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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