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Putting A Face on America
by Lyn Hanush

Reviewed by Heather R. Hunt

"These ladies traversed our wide and varied country in order to pray for it and its people! Along with the spectacular sites and sights they share, they give equal weight to God's provision and presence along the way."

If you love travelogues, armchair journeys, and inspirational stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, you'll love Lyn Hanush's "Putting a Face on America." In this well-put-together coffee table book, Hanush tells the story of her walk across America from the Peace Gate on the Washington/Canada border to the southernmost point in the United States in the Florida Keys. She shares storytelling duties with her co-walkers, Joni Balog, who made the whole 14-month trip, and her granddaughter, Samantha Gruver, who walked about halfway.

Yes, I did say "granddaughter," which is where part of the inspiration comes from: Hanush and Balog are both grandmothers, and some of their friends who walked partway with them were older still. Bravo to them! Especially when you read that they walked over 4,000 miles!

The rest of the inspiration comes from the reason behind the walk: These ladies traversed our wide and varied country in order to pray for it and its people! Along with the spectacular sites and sights they share, they give equal weight to God's provision and presence along the way.

Consider the fact that they got across the Mississippi River by ferry on the last day before it flooded for weeks. Or the many times they were spared lightning strikes on the many miles they walked down the Atlantic Coast of Florida. All was not bliss, however, on this immense undertaking. Their shuttle van, "Lady Van Go," had serious overheating problems, which marred much of the beginning of the walk. And their used, 30-foot RV, which they called "The Castle," gave them problems for almost the whole trip, and indeed, didn't make it the whole distance. But I'll let you read about the good home it went to.

Packed into the 366 pages of this lovely, oversized, paperback book are 6 sections(!) of photographs along with 10 appendices in which family and friends who walked partway share their experiences, and 2 appendices of prayer lists the team accumulated on the journey. So grab a copy, sit back, and travel the highways and bi-ways with these energetic and committed women (and men) through 15 states and 4 seasons, from the heights of the snow-topped Cascades to the depths of the humidity-drenched swamps of the Florida coastline.

And if you are inspired by their prayer walk, take heart, perhaps you can meet them or get involved yourselves on their future planned trips walking and praying the East Coast from Florida to Maine - with time spent praying for our government in Washington, D.C. - and then from Maine to Tijuana on the California/Mexico border. For more details, check out their website www.greatamericanjourney.com. In the meantime, get a copy of this delightful account of the journey already accomplished.

Heather R. HuntHeather R. Hunt is a business editor in Connecticut. For fun she reads, writes, cheers on the Red Sox, and enjoys tennis and cycling. She also co-leads a local tea party and enjoys holding government officials and media outlets accountable. Check out her blogs, The View from Stonewater and Connecticut for Sarah Palin.