Book Reviews

On Aspiring: Journey Beyond Courage

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A compelling true story, of sheer guts, determination, courage and trust. Wendy takes you on an exciting adventure where stepping outside your comfort zone is merely the first step!
As you walk with Wendy, you learn of her daily challenges and how to concur them.
You’ll be left wondering what challenge lies around the next corner. A truly inspirational journey and is testament of what we are all capable of, once we put our minds to it. It’s one of those books it’s hard to put down.
— Michael Van Der Zanden

This is fabulous. It captures the joy of living.
Go out into your garden and look at an ant nest. The ants are working away for the survival of their species. Each individual ant will die. Does it know that its life was meaningful? Maybe.
This book is about how some humans go beyond working to preserve our species, and try and produce something beautiful.
— Terry Woodings

On Aspiring is [Wendy] Campbell’s ‘heart on sleeve’ memoir of her quest to overcome deep-seated psychological fears and significant physical health issues to achieve a personal goal – to reach the summit of one of New Zealand’s premier technical climbs, Mt Aspiring. While much of the book is given to the story of ‘before’ and ‘after’, readers with their own personal experience of climbing are likely to respond most strongly to the passages describing Campbell’s challenging time on the mountain. On Aspiring is ultimately a book that will resonate with readers who are seeking motivation in their own lives and who are open to finding inspiration in the determination and success of another.
— From WritingWA’s “Love to Read Local” issue January 2017

Wendy, I thought your book was very special and I admire your courage in writing it. …I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed sharing the experience with you.
— Dr Bernie Hockings

This story is universally appealing; a quest through many obstacles; a true hero’s journey.

A powerful journey – a moving love story.

It’s riveting – I couldn’t put it down. I’d recommend this story to anyone who seeks inspiration to tackle their own challenges.

Superb story of overcoming adversity and discovering the self.

Wendy’s strength in the face of adversity is very similar to Sara Henderson’s. It’s uncanny.

Engaging, difficult to put down.

This is such a great read that Wendy must be a famous author.