Christian Living/Sports – Fishing for God–and vice versa

Fishing for God--and vice versaFishing for God–and vice versa
By Bill Rooney
Publisher: Xulon Press
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 978-1498422925
ASIN: B00VAV5KOY
Genre: Christian Living, Sports, Nature, Outdoors
Formats Available For Review: Print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.), ebook

Rooney, who calls himself a “card-carrying codger,” has fished now for 70 years, in places ranging from Hawaii to Virginia, Montana to Maine and Mexico. His stories have graced many outdoor-oriented publications, including Outdoor Life magazine, where he served as managing editor.

As his love for the natural world matured, he began to wonder why, in a variety of special spots–on a wild trout stream in the Blue Ridge, or casting a surf rod into the huge, molten sunball boiling up over the brink of the Atlantic, or sitting in an old rowboat with his best friend in the idyllic calm of an Ontario lake–why did he feel so … utterly peaceful? So apart and yet so much a part of everything that’s important in life? This delightful pastime of fishing, he says, can bring more than just a peaceful day and a full stringer of fine eating: It can be a form of love. And where there is love, there is–you guessed it–God.

This book is not a sermon–not even close. It’s a series of factual fishing stories (and a few hunting stories as well) that hint at a higher plane, a positive mindset that can cause someone smitten by the natural world to look upward, to sense that the “Big Guy” is right there in the boat with him. Here’s how the author puts it: “It seems I’ve ‘fished’ for Him all my life, and He in turn has set His hook into my soul and has been reeling me home to Him all that while. Wow!”

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Poetry – The Sky and the Sea: Poetry and Prose

The Sky and the Sea: Poetry and ProseSky and the Sea
By Kevin J. Johnson
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 978-1481766449
Published: July 2013
Pages: 70
Genre: Poetry
Formats Available For Review: kindle

The book is a small collection of poetry and short stories, many of which concern our relationship with, and understanding of the oceans and the heavens–perhaps our two greatest unknowns. Influences include, but are not limited to, The Bible, Malcolm X, Anne Sexton, and Elaine Morgan. Types of poems include the sonnet, the ode, the haiku, and the villanelle; as well as poems written in the standard ABCB rhyme scheme, and some written in no discernible form. The author graduated cum laude with a degree in history and studied English at the graduate level. This is his first book.

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