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A Lake Surfer's Journey Paperback – June 3, 2008
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About the Author
Jack and his wife Maree reside in Bridgman MI. They have 3 sons and 9 grandchildren. Retired from the ministry, Jack is still surfing, writing and surfing on Lake Michigan. Jack has three other books. "Wave Chasers" available at www.createspace.com/3825034, Wave Chasers 2 available at www.createspace.com/3886188 and "S.U.R.F Journal" available at www.createspace.com/3441835
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As a minister and pastor of a church, I sometimes feel a little guilty that I love surfing as much as I do. However, reading Jack's book helped me to see that as long as our priorities in life and our perspective on the important things (such as God first) are properly lined up, we are free to enjoy God's creation. It's really like catching and riding a wave. Thank God we are still able, at our age, to enjoy the sport we grew up with and still love.
Jack's writing is candid and honest. I became totally immersed in his spiritual journey. His writing tugs at the heart. He draws the reader into his stories as he reveals himself as a teenage beach bum becoming a surf-a-holic, psychologically addicted to the sport. A two year tour of duty with the Navy in the Viet Nam era led to poor choices including drug and alcohol abuse and a downward spiral of fast living and partying.
In a desperate search for meaning, Jack turned to the Bible and became captivated with the sinless life of Jesus and the gospel message of God's grace, salvation, and a new life. He committed himself to follow Jesus and to turn his surf board over to Him.
...the rest of the story tells how Jesus gave back Jack's surfboard and "called" him to a life of service in an amazing ministry of evangelism, preaching, and Bible teaching to surfers on the beaches of Hawaii.
Today, full circle, Jack is ministering to surfers in Southwest Michigan, at the South Shore Fellowship, a body of believers reaching out with a message of forming meaningful relationships to surfers and beach lovers, inviting them to discover the reality of a relationship with Jesus Christ, God's son, man's savior.
"A Lake Surfer's Journey" is a personal testimony of listening for God's voice, following Him in obedience, and inviting others to join in the journey. A strong message powerfully delivered.
Should be on everyone's bookshelf very inspiring, two thumbs up!