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Hardcover book entitled "Mountain Rescue..."


a true story of unexpected mercies

and deliverance


During spring break in March 2013, our twenty-three-year-old daughter Mary Owen, a college student and avid adventurer, went missing.

Also, an outdoor enthusiast, she had previously hiked the 2653-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. Among the few other mountains she hadn’t scaled while traversing the PCT, she wanted to return to summit Mount Hood.

This is a story of the agony one mistake can precipitate—a portrayal of blunder, peril, and reckoning on a hazardous mountain at a dangerous time of year. It includes thrill-seeking, the allure of an unmet challenge, obsession, entrapment in the wild, and Providential survival.


It is also an unforgettable glimpse of community prayer, faith, and hope, and of days of silence turned into song and resurrection.

Mary was found injured and then rescued from the side of Mt. Hood one day before Easter. She had been stranded alone on Sandy Glacier for six days. Her story was in the news everywhere.



Many people indicated they'd like to hear the whole story. The book includes Mary's account, Bruce and my (her parent's) perspective, along with a collage of contributions from other people who became part of the story as it unfolded in real-time.


It took eight years to compile, write, and prepare this story in book format. The main focus is on God's miraculous preservation, rescue, and then healing of our daughter, Mary. Other elements of the story include prayers God inspired and answered, the support of our wonderful communities, and insights that came out of this incident.


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This story is available in both a regular and an expanded version. The expanded version has color photos and includes four additional chapters featuring more of the involvement of our extended families, friends, and communities.

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The Book
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