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Book Review – Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord

June 13th, 2008 · No Comments

For Christmas, my parents gave me a book, Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord. Father Classen, a priest in St. Louis wrote this book, an autobiographical book describing his evolution as a sportsman and relationship with God.

I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the spiritual aspects of fishing or just being in nature. While fishing, I think we all think frequently how perfect God made this world. It reminded me of the evening where Mrs. Whiskey Creek and I were alone at our favorite spot on Henry’s Fork, and I felt completely at ease (preview of heaven?)

Not to make this a religious blog, but many times I’ve been on or waist deep in iphone 6 plus replacement screen water thinking about how perfect our earth is. Think about how the sun, the moon, and the rotation of the earth combine to create tides – which flow nutrients back and forth in the tidal areas – creating food for little fish, which feeds the larger fish, which feed us. Or how it snows during the winter and the snow melts slowly all summer, feeding the streams with cold water that support beautiful trout. Or the lifecycle of the mayfly which spends a very short, but important portion of its life on the surface of the stream – feeding those lovely trout.

At least, this book legitimatizes some of our favorite excuses for fishing on Sunday mornings instead of going to church:

  • Its better to be fishing and thinking about God than in church and thinking about fishing.
  • Are you going to church on Sunday? No, I’ll be acting like the disciples and “casting upon the deep”.

Like the opening paragraph to “A River Runs Through It”, by Norman Maclean:
“In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ’s disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.”

Did God create the lifecycle of the mayfly, which can be imitated by the feathered hook so St. John the Apostle could match the hatch?

You can buy your own copy of Fr. Classen’s book on Amazon or through the parish web site.

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