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Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310318254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310318255
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by a weeklong trip to Stephen King’s summer home, venerable television journalist Perkins turned his back on city life and all its trappings to live in the wilds of Maine with his wife, Mary Jo. Several years and books later, Perkins turns his talent for telling grand tales to the task of recounting his voyage from small-town irreligious broadcaster to famous, globe-trotting journalist, back to small-town spiritual seeker. With equal parts humor and humility, Perkins sketches out his own road map to God and a more fulfilling life, leading the reader along with meandering grace through the major stops in his journey before hitting upon simple yet profound points. Journal entries, poems, and the use of datelines sprinkled throughout the book add to the feeling of being privy to a journal where the author has written his most personal ruminations on pursuing a simpler life and acquiring a deeper understanding of his Christian faith. Lively, contemplative, and heartfelt, Perkins makes a compelling argument for straying from the beaten path, and in doing so does Thoreau proud. --Taina Lagodzinski

About the Author

Jack Perkins continues to be active in his retirement as most people are at the height of their careers. His narration can be heard on videos for Acadia National Park, the Biltmore estate in North Carolina, and the Edison Museum in Ft. Myers, Florida. He contributes a regular column to Venice Magazine and hosts A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins on WEDU, PBS for western Florida, which is carried by several other PBS affiliates nationwide. Jack is also a respected nature photographer and poet (a “poetographer,” as he describes himself) with several published books to his credit, books that over the years have become more and more an expression of his growing faith. Jack lives today in Florida with Mary Jo, his wife of fifty-three years.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maria on March 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I will admit (a bit red-faced) that I had never heard of Jack Perkins. I'm not much of a TV watcher, although I am familiar with A&E's biography series. Before his work with that, he spent more than 35 years in the television news industry. I bought this book very simply because I did the very same thing Jack did. I left the busy, bustling, prosperous suburbs of Oakland County, MI (an affluent suburban area of Metro Detroit) to move up north to a small house in the middle of Michigan's Huron National Forest. As a Christian, this book made me laugh, made me cry, and made me so eternally grateful that I, too, had the very same rare blessing to be able to step outside of my old environment and discover God's glory. One of the best books I read in a long time. This is a keeper to be read again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kent Kirby on March 25, 2013
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I was initially drawn to the book by the cover. After initial review I was under the impression it would be like Thoreau's "Walden". Ultimately the book was an autobiography of Jack Perkin's life. I found the book a bit dated. The stories told and the people mentioned were from decades past. I had a hard time determining the timeframe of the story. It took half the book to even get to Moosewood and the author only described one year spent there.

The author treaded lightly on the topic of finding God. Which might be appropriate for how the Holy Spirit worked in their lives.

I would have liked to have read more about the experiences gained on the island, about Jack's pursuit of photography, and their insights over a period of years on the island. One would have thought there could have been more to share about their island experience. Maybe I was just looking for a different story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William C. Trench on March 25, 2013
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What a timely book, with The Bible series running on the history channel and its unsurprising draw. People are in search mode. Perhaps we instinctively know more than we think.

You read the story of Jack Perkins, and his beloved, Mary Jo, you see a man pinched by providence seemingly most of his life. A master storyteller, I can't think of a better way to have spent a Sunday, reading this work. What at a life! In most respects, his actually begins at Moosewood. To that point, all a necessary prelude. He writes in way that you lose track of time and sequences, but it does not matter.

As another reviewer here, I took my family on a not too dissimilar journey about ten years after Jack and Mary Jo took theirs. (The irony is, I watched Jack Perkins on TV in LA, when an East Coast transplant, budding young entrepreneur. You had a tendency to stop and listen to his verbal essays. I miss that form of expression, which jars us from the instant to the pensive.) We left California (as D.C. before), and the madness (again), for Upstate NY and a farm. We were 42. Our three sons in grade school. We turned our lives inside out. It was a powerful overhaul of "What the heck are we doing?" We saw a door to walk through and walked through it. Perhaps not elegantly, but we took charge of our lives, to the extent anyone truly does this. We are not islands and all need each other's help. Divine intervention.

For anyone who finds themselves contemplating a life change, desiring an escape to thought and deed that is much, much bigger than themselves, Jack describes an avenue. Yes, our journeys will be different. Accompanied by struggle. (We, too, hauled wood and loaded a wood stove. Froze when the electricity did not flow. Broke our backs shoveling snow. Laughed (a lot!), and cried.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By InMyWords on March 18, 2013
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I have loved books my entire life. This book by Jack Perkins has hit to my heart. Maybe it is that I am in a similar place in my life of wanting what is real and true or maybe it is just the fact that this book is so wonderful. It has captivated me and I can not put it down. I feel, if I am never able to read another book in this lifetime, I have finished with the best. At 53 years young, Finding Moosewood is my favorite read. What a wonderful reflection on life and seeing God's hand in our lives thru it all. I cannot say enough about this book. Please read and enjoy as I have. Thank you Jack and Mary Jo for sharing your lives with us all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. G. on November 12, 2013
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An outstanding adventurous autobiography written by a highly multi-talented guy with a highly talented wife who also is a well-recognized artist. I must admit I know them both. We were colleagues and friends during the early, "golden days of television." Jack showed his compassion and kindness on many occasions in those pioneering TV times. One day Jack quietly took up a collection from the TV station staff employees and gave it to missionary doctor Tom Dooley when he came for an interview. All best wishes to you Jack and to Mary Jo from RM and your early travel companion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don North on November 6, 2013
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Finding a fascinating recent book by Jack Perkins was a pleasant surprise. Jack had dropped off my radar years ago when he suddenly retired from his very public pedestal on network news. Years ago Jack was an experienced and trusted advisor to me, a youthful journalist trying to navigate the bloody jungles and paddies of Vietnam and the Machiavellian world of network news. He had been a producer for David Brinkley, the wry anchor man for NBC and often wrote and spoke much like the popular Brinkley himself. Jack was a good friend and mentor to a kid getting started in the news business. Later when I landed a job with ABC News, Jack and I shared some pretty exciting stories like the fall of Sukarno in Indonesia and in 1968 were tear gassed in the streets of Chicago covering the Democratic convention. Later when I returned to being an independent journalist, Jack, ever open to the news road less travelled, vouched for me with NBC suits on a long-shot story to interview the escaped Soviet spy Christopher Boyce who I learned was hiding out in the jungles of Costa Rica. He wasn't!
Now Jack has written "Finding Moosewood, Finding God" about a unique 13 year adventure he and his wife Mary Jo had living in an isolated cottage in upstate Maine. It's a thoughtful, life changing and spiritual experience and Jack writes about it with his usual precision and wit.

Almost fifty years have gone by since Jack and I first met in Hong Kong en route to the war in Vietnam. We're both old men now but I sense we still get up in the morning and try to reinvent ourselves. We write books, are keen photographers and like to learn new skills at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. (I studied Screenwriting there this summer.
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