Book Review: “Becoming Odyssa,” by Jennifer Pharr Davis


“I found things in the woods I didn’t know I was looking for…and now I’ll never be the same.”

– Jennifer Pharr Davis~

At the age of 21, and fresh out of college, Jennifer Davis decides to hike the Appalachian trail. She hopes that it will give her time to think about what she’d like to do with her life. Jennifer is profoundly changed by the challenges she faces through her journey over the next four months.

This is one of my favorite trail stories. Jennifer is a gifted writer. She has the ability to make you feel as though you are on the trail with her, going through every challenge along the way. The book also paints a good picture of what it is like to hike the trail as a woman, not only physically, but emotionally. Jennifer is also a Christian. For that reason, her perspective about the journey was important to me. There is something irresistible about stories-especially real-life stories-of insecure people who fight the odds, face their fears and end up becoming better, stronger people for it. It’s a very inspiring story. By the end of the book, you will feel like you have what it takes to hike the Appalachian Trail, too!

I highly recommend this book. (5 Stars)


4 thoughts on “Book Review: “Becoming Odyssa,” by Jennifer Pharr Davis

  1. I was at the library yesterday and saw a two volume set of trail stories. Each chapter was written by someone who had hiked the trail. But each volume was the size of Les Mis. I want to read them but it may prove to be difficult. LOL Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll look into it!


    1. I am going to write a review for all of my books and post it on the books tab in hopes that it might be of interest to those who stumble in on the ‘Appalachian Trail’ tag.

      I think I must have a touch of OCD. I usually overindulge in one thing until I get sick of it. Right now, I’m on ‘Appalachian Trail Stories.’ Before that, it was ‘turn-of-the-century Christian historical fiction. I’m the same way with food. I eat it until I get sick of it. Right now, I fix Chicken Divan about once a week (which means we eat it twice a week since there are leftovers.) When Bud goes out of town, I like to make a big pot of homemade refried beans, and I eat a homemade refried bean burrito every night while he’s gone (since he doesn’t eat beans.) I like them with lettuce, cheese, sour cream and hot sauce.

      I’ll bet I could finish that ‘Appalachain Trail Les Mis’ in no time flat! LOL.


    1. How cool! I’m envious of your opportunity to hear her ‘live’. You confirm my assessment of her from reading articles, books and watching her videos. I’d love to see her in person! I have the utmost respect for her.

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