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“Endure” by Cameron Hanes is a book that truly captivates its readers with its incredible story of one man’s passion for hunting with a bow, as well as the emotional journey that he has undergone in his life. Hanes is an expert bow hunter, and his book is a testament to his passion for the sport, as well as his unwavering dedication to pushing himself to the limit in all aspects of his life.
From his early days growing up in Oregon to his later years as a renowned hunter, Hanes has lived a life that is truly remarkable. His story is one of perseverance, hard work, and a willingness to endure through even the toughest of challenges. Throughout the book, Hanes shares many insights into his life as a hunter, including his techniques for tracking game, his experiences with different types of bows and arrows, and his strategies for staying focused and motivated during the toughest of hunts.
My least favorite part in the book was his describing his obsession with running to the point where he takes his kids out to the movies and instead of spending time with his boy he decides to leave them for a quick 20 minute run around the theatre neighborhood. You can clearly see the level of obsession it takes to get that good and as someone with kids of my own I don’t think I’d ever sacrfice that sort of time so maybe I’ll never reach his level.
At the same time, Hanes also shares the story of a deeply personal loss. the death of his lifelong Christian friend, who helped him to become a stronger and more resilient person. Hanes writes movingly about the impact that this loss had on him, and the lessons that he learned from it. He shares his thoughts on the nature of faith, the importance of friendship, and the ways in which we can learn to endure through even the toughest of challenges.
One of my favorite parts of this book was when he accepts to go on a hunt that costs more than his yearly salary. Despite his exceptional skills, you can see that he still had not yet reached the level of fame and fortune you’d expect from someone this good at his craft. His desire not to fail such an expensive and once in a lifetime sort of hunt gives you a glimpse into his way of thinking and his decision to return the next day and find the animal he had wounded the previous night to finish the job shows true competency.
What makes “Endure” so special is the way in which Hanes weaves together these two themes - his passion for bow hunting and his personal journey of growth and healing - in a way that is both engaging and inspiring. Through his stories of triumph and loss, Hanes offers a powerful message of hope and perseverance, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, we can find the strength to keep going.
Overall, “Endure” is a book that is well worth reading for anyone who is interested in the sport of bow hunting, as well as for anyone who is looking for inspiration and guidance on how to endure through life’s toughest challenges. Hanes’ writing will keep you engaged and entertained from start to finish, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for the power of perseverance and the importance of enduring through even the toughest of circumstances.