Book Reviews

“…honest, funny, very engaging and truly written from the heart.”
- Alysha Atma,, Oregon, U.S.A. 

"The book is a really warm and inspiring story, and I think highlights perfectly how a couple of regular people can really accomplish something amazing."
- Shannon Singh, Program Coordinator, Plan Canada

"This book is a testament to all of us that dreams can come true with a little grit and determination. If you're the kind of person who can usually find any excuse to talk yourself out of a great idea this book is the inspiration you need to get out your comfort zone and make things happen. Kilimanjaro and Beyond is a very honest and detailed account of the trials and tribulations experienced while climbing Africa's highest peak. The most amazing part of this journey is that it wasn't just a selfish mission to stand at lofty heights but one which resulted in bringing clean water to hundreds of Tanzanian children. An inspiring read."
- Helen Osler, author of Cameras of Kilimanjaro - Australia

"Finlay shares his story of self discovery and challenge against the backdrop of climbing Africa's highest peak:  Kilimanjaro.  His story is a descriptive illustration of the difficulties of climbing to high-altitude, and the lessons he learns along the way. Although not a climbers guide, one should always seek input from experts and professionals before embarking on an expedition, this book conveys Finlay's personal experience and connects to the reader with the smart use of a diary voice."
- Meagan McGrath, Adventurer

"The book reads like a journal and the writing is warm, familiar and humorous. "Kilimanjaro and Beyond, A Life-Changing Journey," will challenge all who read it to consider how they too can make a difference, not only for others, but for themselves as well." - Reader Views, Austin, Texas

Finished this GREAT BOOK! Breathtaking, awe inspiring, funny! You feel like you are along for the your dream & you get so much more in return. Quite a journey & it continues beyond these pages. Read this & wow! It will stay with you. - Marc Davey, Ottawa, Ontario

"It's very eye catching. Well done - so much effort. And the message inside its pages is what's most impressive. Such a journey - I really do think that reading your book is a great stepping stone for folks who would like to climb Kili one day!" - Meagan McGrath - Borden, Ontario

"Seriously, the book is terrific. I started reading it immediately when I took it out of the envelope. And right away, I was drawn into the story. Such a good sign! I love the way it's all come together." - Kip Kirby - Nashville, TN

"Laugh out Loud, a rollercoaster of questions, "Can we really do this?" This book is honest, funny and truly written from the heart." -

"I've been reading every book about climbing Kili I can find and your book has been the most helpful so far. Thanks!  We are pushing ourselves harder in training due to your insights.  ie:  when you think you can't do anymore, do some more.  I think this will help alot with any mental challenges we might face during the climb." - Karen Simpson

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