The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

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“A haunting, harrowing testament to survival."People Magazine

“An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community.”New York Magazine

“Unforgettable”Entertainment Weekly

The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel, she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. An intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage, The Sound of Gravel is a heart-stopping true story.

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About the author

RUTH WARINER lives in Portland, Oregon. After Wariner left Colonia LeBaron, the polygamist Mormon colony where she grew up, she moved to California, where she raised her three youngest sisters. After earning her GED, she put herself through college and graduate school, eventually becoming a high school Spanish teacher. She remains close to her siblings and is happily married. The Sound of Gravel is her first book.
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Publisher
Flatiron Books
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Published on
Jan 5, 2016
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781250077714
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Religious
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Religion / Christianity / Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
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Eligible for Family Library

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New Cover; This is the first English translation of a portion of Historia Antigua de Mexico written originally in Spanish by Don Mariano Fernandez de Echevarria Y Veytia (Mariano Veytia) 1720-1778, a celebrated Mexican historian. He relates the history, religious practices, calendars and astronomical calculations as he developed them from the charts, diagrams and paintings of the Native Americans. Fortunately, many of these records were hidden from the destruction of the early Spanish conquistadors. Read the fascinating history of the peoples who first came to the Americas, beginning with a group of seven families who left the Tower of Babel at the time of the confusion of tongues. the people of Guatemala recorded that their ancestors were Jews who had left Palestine, or that part of Arabia which is contiguous to the Red Sea. Read of the great civilizations that developed therefrom covering a period of approximately 2400 years. Consider their worship of the great creator God, their ceremonies, doctrines and practices that conformed to Christianity. Study the visit and teachings of a white, bearded man whom they called Quetzalcohuatl. Read of the eclipse and terrible earthquake at the time of the death of Jesus Christ. the reader acquainted with the Book of Mormon will find similar events and practices. Reflect on the ancient system of time as counted from the creation of the earth with specific years cited for the universal flood, the Tower of Babel, and the birth and death of Christ. Read also of the methods of counting the 13 day weeks, and the 28 week years. the regular year, similar to ours, had 365 days and the leap year, 366 days. These first Americans were far from sometimes designated barbarians.
2018 Audie Award Finalist for best inspirational book!

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This story is not about avoiding death. It’s about living life.

Immerse yourself in the amazing story of Edie Littlefield Sundby, who, after being told she had only 3 months to live, survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy, radical liver and lung surgeries, and then walked 800 miles along the California Mission Trail, averaging 14 miles a day, and stopping at life-giving missions to revive her body and her soul.

When she finished she yearned to walk the mission trail from its start – in Mexico. But no one had traversed that trail in 250 years.

As you will learn in the pages of this book, Edie doesn’t care about what some deem impossible. It is that spirit that has allowed her to live, despite the odds.

With fading strength and only one lung, she walked another 800 miles through the rugged mountains and deserts of Baja Mexico to the California border. In a walk of triumph, of harrowing adventure, and of spiritual enlightenment, she carried her mortality in every step and in the process opened up a profound communion with God and his creation, and the true meaning of life.

And all of this with a terminal cancer that was chasing her every step of the way. It still is, and she continues to walk with it every day.

For me, walking is a transcendent physical, emotional, and spiritual experience, like dancing. "If I can move, I am not sick.” That is my alternate reality. And I believe with all my will in that reality. So when cancer strikes again and again, I walk to stay alive.

Life is the greatest adventure there is. Why stop our adventuring because someone says the end might be near?

For those who crave a spirit of adventure, who ache like Edie to know what our bodies and spirits are truly capable of, this book is a must-read. A true testament to faith, courage, and the power of hope.

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