Join Sequoia in this inspiring autobiographical adventure of her courageous trek as she leaves behind the safe, familiar surroundings of her home and travels across continents to a remote corner of the planet to “respect the mountain and the climbers who came before” her. She discovers a whole new world, both inside and outside of herself, on this Journey of Heart.
There is much more in this world that unites us than divides us, but in order to really see that - to really understand it - we have to dig much deeper than what is portrayed to us in a news flash headline or 75-character feed note.
We have to be willing to leave our comfort zones both physically and emotionally and hold the hand of a stranger, just as Sequoia has done. Much of what we see and hear about Pakistan in the West is laced with elements of terror or Taliban or cultural confusion and misplaced perceptions of religion. What we don't see or hear enough is a nation marked by many kind and courageous men and women who want nothing but to serve and protect a foreigner, and a landscape so picturesque and so profound that words will fail to do it justice.
The challenges to bridge the gap of understanding are immense, but Sequoia's words and wisdom are the perfect illustration to just that. Through her personal pilgrimage of navigating what it means to lose half your family to a faraway place, we learn something new about this land and its people.
Beyond that, we can understand the book's language of loss. There is a language in loss. Anyone who has experienced the death of someone they care for can identify with the confusion and pain, but just as Sequoia's journey illuminates, we all seek out a silver lining or at least a way to accept what we can't change. While Sequoia's remarkable adventure has all the elements of tragedy and heroism, above all, it is a story of love and questioning.
In order to really love something or someone, we have to keep questioning it or them. What drives a person to take what they love to such an extreme that they risk never seeing the other things they love again? How can we both love and hate and be mad and yet in awe of something at the same time?
Sequoia's quest for answers, her desire to understand the who's and the why's, are an inspiration to us all.