Kilimanjaro and Beyond

A Life-Changing Journey

Non-Fiction - Motivational
266 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2012
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Author Biography

Barry Finlay had an extensive career in financial management before retiring in 2004, after thirty two years with the Canadian federal government. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) who dabbles in the arts as he is also an award winning decorative wood carver. Since retiring, he has divided his time between working as a consultant on financial policy matters, travel, playing golf, climbing mountains, philanthropy and enjoying his two grandchildren.

Barry has always tried to stay active but working at a desk for so many years eventually catches up. A visit to the family doctor, along with a number of other converging events, encouraged him to take hold of his life and gave him the motivation to climb a mountain. The desire to pursue philanthropy was spawned while growing up on the family farm in Rapid City, Manitoba, Canada and was nurtured by the experience of meeting the African children who would directly benefit from his fundraising.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite

Barry Finlay reached retirement age, content with his lifetime achievements. However, circumstances beyond his control were fixed on thrusting him into a whole new challenge. He and his son, Chris, made the decision to climb Kilimanjaro! Why and how are outlined extensively, with much detail and humor and humility in their book, "Kilimanjaro and Beyond". The planning stages, the preparation and finally the climb, take you along on their journey; one of incredible accomplishment through Barry and Chris Finlay’s determination and perseverance to be the best that they could be. Their focus, of course, is to reach the top of the mountain, and not just any mountain, it is 19,000 feet of volcano! In so doing, the intention is to reward their many supporters and duly repay them for their unfailing backing. Finally, after exhaustive and often dangerous effort, they reach more than one goal. One step leads to another greater one – but you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is!

"Kilimanjaro and Beyond" is a story of strength, strong will and determination. I found the story profoundly touching in parts. Overcoming health issues and fear, two ordinary men achieve extraordinary results and touch the lives of many, because they choose to try something new. I got a little overwhelmed with the extensive details, which I realize was absolutely necessary to the overall story; but then I am not a mountain climber and have not had to organize such a major adventure. The italics were somewhat difficult to read on my e-reader, but rest assured, the book is well worth reading. Engrossing story and what comes after is nothing short of incredible!