I forgot to add this earlier when I put this up….. we thought this book, having just read it, would be a great one to highlight for Children Impacted by Parental Cancer Month. Even though Mr. Thompson’s children were grown, they were undoubtedly effected by his death, and he depicted how to die with grace, through the whole process.

* Note: We were saddened to learn of Mr. Thompson death this past July. Our condolences go out to Mr. Thompson’s family and friends. 


If you are looking for a book on mountaineering, this is not your read. In, The Mountain, I will be sharing experiences about the mountains or challenges we all face daily. I chose the cover photo because it is a favorite of mine and Jeanne’s. It was taken by an old inexpensive digital pocket camera balanced on a rock, using the camera’s timer. We had just come from a shelter above Zermatt, Switzerland and crested a hill when this scene came into view. The date was September 10, 2001. We had no communication with the outside world. There were no phones, no computers, no mail service, until we were in Vernaza, Italy the next afternoon. Where were you on 9/11?

Daisy’s Review: 

3 *** stars

This is the nonfiction memoir of a Mormon man suffering from chronic brain cancer. He had two brain tumors, one surgically removed and the other inoperable. On top of that, he was bi-polar, and sometimes suffered from depression. These are large mountains to climb, and this book is about how he dealt with those mountains and slowly climbed them, one step at a time. The book mainly serves to provide encouragement and direction for people who know that their time on earth is more limited than others, such as people in jail for life, or those who hear the fateful words from their doctor that they only have so long to live. There are pages for you to jot down any notes you may have at the end of each chapter, which I thought was a lovely idea.
I thought that the book was pretty good, but I feel that I am not the proper audience to benefit the most from it. For one thing, I do not agree with many of the author’s Mormon beliefs, which he writes a lot about in this book. Secondly, I think that prison inmates or people with chronic illnesses might receive the most benefit from this book, as they struggle to find what to do with their lives. But these are my own opinions, and of course they do not apply to everybody. I think that the correct audience can derive much more enjoyment, encouragement, and insight from these pages than I did. For myself, however, I will have to give it only three or three and a half stars.

Stacy’s Review:

4 ****stars

Such an inspirational read! Written by a man, suffering from an inoperable stage 4 terminal brain tumor, Mr. Thompson kept trying to help and encourage others until he died this past July. The Mountain is a book of encouragement, profound thoughts and gentle nudges to urge others to reach out, to make a difference and do what they can no matter where they are at in life. He consistently visited the elderly in nursing homes, just to hug them and give them a bit of companionship and the feeling they weren’t alone. He regularly visited men in prison to give them hope and show some kindness. What a different world we would inhabit if everyone had his attitude to make their part of the world the best it can be! Truly Mr. Thompson was an amazing role model!