“Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Isaiah 60:1

Hey, I’m Sharon and I’m excited to introduce you to the stunning beauty of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. My family has deep roots in the Adirondacks which go back over four generations, and our camp at Lake Titus is a special part of that history. The Adirondacks have been a place of renewal for my family and inspiration for my writing for over 20 years.  I am passionate about empowering people to grow in faith and experience renewed hope, healing, and purpose. Over the years, I have worn many hats in ministry including serving in hospitals, universities, urban churches, short-term missions, zoom meetings, and hiking trails. 

When I’m hiking in the mountains, gliding down the lake in a kayak, or just sitting on the dock watching the sunrise, I am in awe of God and His artistry displayed in His spectacular creation. I’m looking forward to taking you on an adventure of faith in the Adirondacks. First, read my story in Arise, and Climb the Mountain, and then the Holy Spirit and I will guide you through your own story in the Transformational Trek Study Guide. Are you ready? Put on your hiking boots and join me on an adventure.

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About the Author

Sharon Eleanor Todd resides in Connecticut and spends her summers in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She is an artist at heart, adventurer in spirit, and an Adirondack Park enthusiast. Sharon is most content when she is sitting in her favorite Adirondack chair watching the sunrise over the lake with a Bible in one hand and a hot cup of coffee in the other. She is passionate about teaching others how they can grow in their relationship with Christ through one-on-one discipleship, ministry retreats, and training workshops. She is a contagious encourager who enjoys fostering a renewed sense of hope, significance, and purpose. Sharon’s various ministry roles have taken place both globally and locally in hospitals, universities, churches, and on hiking trails. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology, a Master in Educational Leadership, and a Master of Divinity. Sharon’s education and ministry experiences have fueled her passion for helping people grow in their faith and lead in their giftedness.


“Arise and Climb the Mountain is an amazing book! I have been struggling with my faith for the past 2 1/2 years due to the loss of my son. Scripture has been quoted perfectly in conjunction with the author’s experiences. It was food for my spirit. It was an easy read with powerful words. I…

Mirtica A

This book and it companion Transformational Trek Bible study was such a blessing to our small group! Sharon’s transparency about her struggles and the way God’s word through scripture carried her through was incredible!

D. Przystawski

“What a magnificent story! One minute I am reading the Bible and the next I am reading a love story, the next a manual for survival, the next a devotional and then I’m reading a comedy. Thank you, Sharon, for writing this book and sharing it with all of us. It is such a beautiful…

Debi A

“Sharon has a way of gently guiding a person, at any season in their lives, to Gods Word, for encouragement, for hope, for guidance and for truth to cope with any stumbling blocks we may come across as disciples for Christ. One could almost feel her gently hand on their shoulder nudging them towards Gods’…

L. Lickwar

Sharon Todd has penned an inspirational and self-reflective look at how one’s journey through life and one’s journey with God intersect and overlap. As a fellow lover of nature and adventures, I enjoyed this heartfelt and spiritual appreciation of our world’s majestic beauty. Personal examples as well as biblical passages complement the advice and insights.…

Elizabeth B.

“This book is for everyone. Whether you’re a hiker or not (and I’m not), there are powerful images that resonated with me, challenges that I also faced, and accounts of surmounting life’s hurdles. Beautifully written, easy to digest, and insightful from beginning to end. The perfect companion!”

Marilyn C

The Transformational Trek Study Guide is a useful tool for any Christian seeking to be an active disciple of Christ. Sharon supplies a bounty of materials to teach, guide, and reinforce learning while preparing readers for discipleship. Shared personal testimonies transition readers into the guided material. Scriptural references aid readers with memorization and application. Supportive…

H. Scudder

This book is so encouraging, and reminds us that God is always with us, and always for us, no matter what we do. And it is so interesting to hear how God worked in the author’s life, often in very unexpected ways. I also felt that it has just the right amount of scripture. This…

Kristin K.

Love this book! I am a pastor of a church in the Adirondack Park, and I can say that this book is not only spiritually encouraging, but it is also culturally accurate! Sharon Todd takes you on a journey with her writing, not just to deeper places of faith as her journey impacts you, but…


“Arise, and Climb the Mountain” is the eloquently written exploration of God’s provision through Sharon’s own life experiences as well as the truths gleaned through her encounter with Him one morning in the mountains. This illustrative story, written alongside further elaboration of the truths of the gospel and accompanied by a Scripture-centered study guide, provide…

Lynn W.