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A Review of Sorts of "How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp"

A Review of Sorts of "How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp"

The last book I was simultaneously eager and reticent to finish up was Bob Goff’s book Love Does. I can now add Shawn and Maile Smucker's book How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp, to the list.

I remember when Shawn first shared on his blog the adventure he and Maile would be undertaking with their four children (Cade, Lucy, Abra, and Sammy) in a big blue bus named Willie. “Yup,” I remember saying to my husband, “they’re going to spend the next four months travelling across the United States.” I was slightly jealous, for at times I yearn for adventure while also doing all I can to avoid it.

But Shawn and Maile were wonderful travel guides as they shared highlights and key points during their 10,000-mile journey on their respective blogs. I was excited when I learned they would be putting a book together, for there is something about sitting down with a book – whether it’s in a traditional paper format or on an electronic device – and being able to pause and savor moments or to try and picture a particular scene as it spills off the pages.

Now I had posted on Monday I was going to have a “proper” review of the book up on my blog today. I had great intentions of putting one together as I sat to read, notebook and pen at the ready for insights and “A-ha!” moments I gleaned from the Smuckers’ story. But what ended up filling a few pages were quotes from Shawn and Maile that I hope to mull over and allow to settle into my soul. Quotes such as:

“. . . fear is an ever-present companion on any great adventure.” ~Shawn

“. . . nothing, not even your dream coming true, is perfect.” ~Maile

“Don’t let the fear of discomfort keep you camped on the back street of life.” ~Shawn

“Because in routine, you create community.” ~Maile

So this is what I can tell you: This is a fantastic book. It’s not a neat and tidy story where everything happened with nary a hitch. It’s better than that. This real-life adventure is by turns beautiful, scary, messy, and full of unexpected blessings and graces. But please, don’t take my word for it – you may (and should) buy this book for yourself either via Shawn’s blog or from Amazon, or buy it in PDF format here.

(For one thing, buying your own copy means you’ll learn how to use a runaway truck ramp. Because I’m not going to tell you here – it’s a story you best curl up with and read for yourself.)

Shawn Smucker is the author of How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp and Building a Life Out of Words. He lives in Lancaster County, PA with his wife Maile and their four children. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook, and he blogs (almost) daily at shawnsmucker.com ; Maile blogs at mailesmucker.blogspot.com .

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