On January 16th of 2004, I sat down on the stump of a freshly cut oak tree in the woods of southern Missouri and decided to write a book about my love of God, the great outdoors, and the many lessons learned while in the woods and on the water. Initially, I was filled with doubt and hesitated to start writing. Among the many reasons that kept me from putting pen to paper was that I didn’t want to come off as some sort of self-absorbed, egomaniac who’s written a book in praise of himself or glorifying all his own experiences, as many memoir styles of books can sometimes become. I wanted it to be clear that the purpose of that first book (and all those that followed) was certainly not an exercise in egoism or a pathetic act of self-glorification. Rather, it was about recognizing the immensity of God’s blessings, and more so, about learning wisdom and humility.
After much deliberation, I eventually did write Hunting for God – Fishing for the Lord, which was published in September of 2006. Fourteen years and over ten books later it remains my best-selling and most popular book to date and the one that holds the fondest memories for me. That book became a catalyst for a multitude of new friendships and the launching pad for future writing, media, and ministry projects of all kinds. It was the gateway for many wonderful opportunities that I remain so incredibly grateful for still today.
After many years of being in circulation and selling thousands of copies, Hunting for God – Fishing for the Lord eventually went out of print and the rights to the book transferred from the original publisher back to me in 2014. My initial intention in 2006 was to create a Hunting for God – Fishing for the Lord trilogy of books. However, what was supposed to be the official follow up to the first book in 2009 was given a totally different title and cover concept. The book was another outdoors themed, Christian spirituality book, with the primary content focusing on virtue and vice and the concepts of “tracking God” and “spiritual survival.” Thus, the publisher titled the book Tracking Virtue – Conquering Vice: A Guide for Spiritual Survival, which has now also been revised, updated, and re-released as Hunting for God – Fishing for the Lord II.
Almost a decade later, things have finally come full-circle and the brand-new Hunting for God – Fishing for the Lord III has now been released, which is the final book in the trilogy, with much of it taking place in Alaska, as I moved to Kodiak Island in 2011. On a final note, as I always like to remind my readers, the spiritual content of my faith-based writing is aimed at people of all denominations and walks of life. I make it a point to focus on what we all have in common and the challenges that we all face on our journey…not on the differences that may, unfortunately, divide some of us still.
It’s been a great joy to revisit, revise, update, and redesign the content of these three books. It’s been a process that has brought back so many great memories, so many blessed experiences, and so many wonderful folks that I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with while on the journey of life. All three books are available as paperback, eBook, and will also soon be available as audiobooks. Click on the images below to order your copies today, and please help me spread the word by passing along this information to those who may be interested. On a final note, if you order any of the books, I’d appreciate it very much if you’d please leave an honest review at Amazon, or wherever you purchased them from.