Review: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Every once in awhile a book comes along that is so surprising and so amazing that it literally leaves me breathless. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” is just such a book. I never imagined that this book would be so beautifully written, so emotionally rich or so deeply touching.
Aron Ralston, an experienced outdoors man, is hiking in Southern Utah when a large boulder, known as a chockstone, shifts, falls and pins his right arm to the canyon wall. Trapped for nearly a week, Aron recalls past close-call adventures and lessons learned in the wilderness. Suffering hunger, extreme thirst and endless pain, he is faced with his own mortality. After trying to move the boulder, chip the rock away and nearly everything else he can think of Ralston, in order to survive, amputates his own arm and hikes eight miles until he meets up with rescue.
The emotional and spiritual insights he experiences are rich, true and touching. Several times during this book I had to rub away the chills from my arms and blink back tears. Knowing the final outcome does not change the allure of the book; I could not put it down. Ralston’s writing is as beautiful and insightful as some of the top literary authors. I could not stop thinking about it while I was reading it and I still can’t. This one certainly lingers.
Despite the gritty subject matter, occasional foul language and stomach-turning survival situations, this is a must read book. Put it on your list!


One thought on “Review: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

  1. One of my friends gave me the idea of doing a book club with kids. My friend buys a set of the same books for her grand-daughters, gives them a set amount of time to read the book, and then does some sort of activity to go along with the book. I've started doing this with my nieces, and we all look forward to it. I buy the book as a Christmas present and then we meet as a book club in the summer to talk about the book and do an activity. Some of the ideas:Little House in the Big Woods-we went to Wheeler Farm. (You could also go to This is the Place park). We made rag dolls and ate old-fashioned molasses candy.The Secret Garden-have a tea party and go to a garden (Red Butte gardens, the Water Conservation Park in South Jordan, etc.)Chasing Vermeer-we went to the art museum at BYU.These are just some ideas. If you get creative, you can go anywhere or do almost any activity.

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