“I really enjoyed reading Hiking the Holy Mountain by John McKinney! Wonderful descriptions of the place and people of Mt. Athos, and some miraculous events–including St. Anna’s intervention in bringing the McKinney family a son.” –Frederica Mathewes-Green, author, Facing East


“John McKinney reveals a story 20 years in the making. The Holy Mountain changed his life, not once, but twice. Hiking the Holy Mountain is a trek through monasteries and the wisdom of monks, a collection of lively characters and adventures unimagined. It’s a story of faith and miracles that reminds us that God knows what we need. Even if you don’t believe in miracles, you will after you read Hiking the Holy Mountain. Put this one at the top of your list. A must-read! –Maria A. Karamitsos, Editor, Windy City Greek


“Both as travel narrative and as spiritual reflection, Hiking the Holy Mountain takes the reader to a place where heaven and earth meet, where one encounters miracles on a mountain trail, where holy men shoot ouzo with wandering pilgrims, and where saints hear the supplications of those reluctant to pray.

This is the best kind of travel writing because it recognizes the fact that the most important terrestrial journeys explore the geography of the soul. And it is the best kind of spiritual writing because it points us to the God who meets us as we traverse the trails of life on earth.” —Ben Daniel, author Thoughtful Christianity: Faith and Action in the Way of Jesus


“A powerful one-of-a-kind story of saints and icons, ancient traditions and modern-day faith and family.” —The Hellenic Journal