“Thrilling and infectiously interesting, I found this book a great read and hard to put down. What’s next, Steph? Everest?”
– San Francisco Book Review
“In becoming a skydiver and realizing how little she can control, she learns to trust herself again, lets go of her need for total self-reliance, and finds renewal. . . . Davis’s philosophy of facing one’s fears will strike a chord with readers.”
– Publishers Weekly
"[Davis] provides a gripping account of how she overcame her fears and her delight as she mastered the skills needed to skydive."
– Kirkus Reviews
“Learning to Fly is a fascinating read. It looks inside the mind of a unique individual. Davis lives a life very few will understand. Her willingness to push herself physically while protecting herself emotionally is only part of what makes her so unique.”
– Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)
“Really an inspiring book, not only to get oneself outdoors, but to realize that, even with the loss of absolutely everything that seems important, it's not only possible but imperative to move forward and continue to enjoy life. Deftly written with Davis's outward journey mirroring the journey within.”
"What puts this book out front in the adventure category is that Davis doesn’t bog it down with clunky 'climbing as journey' metaphors – but they’re in there, anyway. She just sort of lets her story shake it all loose, slowly revealing bits of herself – sometimes she figures stuff out, sometimes she makes mistakes, but her hope is that only she gets hurt in the process."
– Kyle Wagner, The Denver Post "Pages" blog
"Alive, passionate, intense . . . about everything, Steph Davis climbs vertical slopes, drops out of planes, leaps off of cliffs, and in the process teaches us all how to deal with the devastations, the fears, the challenges, and the joyous moments of life. Steph takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster full of highs, lows, and love, and it's contagious. You won't walk away unaffected."
– Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World