The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless   14 comments


The Wild Truth
By Carine McCandless

I wrote this comment on

It took a lot of courage to write this book. I am sure it brought back a lot of painful memories. It was well-written and I hope more people read The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless.

After reading this book, the reader gets deeper insights into why Chris McCandless chose to sever all ties with his family and wander into the wilderness of Alaska. You don’t have to survive a firefight in the jungles of Vietnam or the deserts of Iraq to suffer from trauma. You can experience trauma in your own family. Chris McCandless had had enough physical and emotional abuse for one lifetime, left family and friends behind and drifted. His life was short, but he lived life to the fullest. Chris McCandless had an undefeatable spirit.

Not all who wander are lost.

Hebrews 11: 37-38:  “. . . they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

[Several years ago I was hitchhiking in western South Dakota and this lady picked me. She told me that she and her boyfriend had picked up Chris McCandless while he was hitchhiking through South Dakota in the early 1990s. She said that he went by a different name.]
The Boston Globe
Carine McCandless and the Hidden Story Behind “Into the Wild”

14 responses to “The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Pingback: Chris McCandless Revisited | The Road

  2. Pingback: Into The Wild | The Road

  3. Pingback: Fairbanks Bus 142 | The Road

  4. Pingback: A Book Review for High Plains Drifter | The Road

  5. I hadn’t heard of this fellow until just last week. A friend recommended the movie to me, Into The Wild. I’m wondering…was there any indication that Chris McCandless knew the Lord? I don’t know much about him, and haven’t yet read the book or watched the movie.

  6. I don’t know if Chris was a Christian, but he definitely believed in God. Having just read “The Wild Truth”, Chris and Carine went to church on Sundays with their family.

    The book “Into the Wild” and the movie are very good. I really liked Chris McCandless’ spirit. He was reckless.

    “Be reckless immediately, fling it all out on Him. You do not know when His voice will come, but whenever the realization of God comes in the faintest way imaginable, recklessly abandon. It is only by abandon that you recognize Him. You will only realize His voice more clearly by recklessness.”

    –Oswald Chambers

  7. Thank you, Tim. I would like to either watch the movie, or read the book. Traveling mercies, brother!

  8. After reading “The Wild Truth”, I discovered that there are more similarities between Chris McCandless’ life and my life than I had previously thought. The Lord told me to read this book, so I’m glad I did.

    If people have read “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, then they really need to read “The Wild Truth”.

  9. Pingback: A Conversation with a Vietnam Veteran | The Road

  10. Pingback: Obedience: The Bondage Breaker | The Road

  11. Pingback: A Man’s Foes Shall Be They Of His Own Household | The Road

  12. Have you read The Way of the Pilgrim? You would probably like it

  13. Pilgrimsmap:

    A very inspiring short story that you might like to read is “Three Hermits” by Leo Tolstoy:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: