April 23, 2013

Learning to Fly by Steph Davis

Learning to Fly by Steph Davis is “an uncommon memoir of human flight, unexpected love, and one amazing dog.” Step into Steph’s world of adrenaline and love, and learn how to soar to your own new heights in the process.

Book Description
Steph Davis is a superstar in the climbing community and has ascended some of the world’s most awe-inspiring peaks. But when her husband makes a controversial climb in a national park, the media fallout—and the toll it takes on her marriage—suddenly leaves her without a partner, a career, a source of income . . . or a purpose.

In the company of only her beloved dog, Fletch, Davis sets off on a search for a new identity and discovers skydiving. Though falling out of an airplane is completely antithetical to the climber’s control she’d practiced for so long, she turns each daring jump into an opportunity to fly, first as a skydiver, then as a base jumper, and finds herself indelibly changed. As she opens herself to falling, she also finds the strength to open herself to love again, even in the wake of heartbreak. And before too long, she fortuitously meets someone who shares her passions.

 is Davis’s fascinating account of her transformation. From her early tentative skydives, to zipping into her first wingsuit, to surviving devastating accidents against the background of breathtaking cliffs, to soaring beyond her past limits, she discovers new hope and joy in letting go. Learning to Fly isn’t just an adventure but a woman’s story of risk-taking and self-discovery, with love at its heart.” – Learning to Fly

My Thoughts
Learning to Fly is the type of memoir that is perfect for the thrill-seeking, kick-butt woman who has some spare time to read. It shows Steph Davis as a skydiver, base jumper, and passionate woman who loves life deeply.

As someone who doesn’t like heights, I have an envious awe for people like Steph Davis who have the ability to climb high, and soar through the clouds skydiving. Personally, I could never do these things, but this well written memoir makes me feel like I can experience the thrills of doing so by living vicariously through her daredevil spirit.

This is the type of book that makes you want to try something new, and let go of your need to control what is going to happen next. It is inspiring, uplifting, and a very good read. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Learning to Fly, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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