The Heart of the Sportsman: Strategies, Tips, and Thoughts for Going Beyond the Chase
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2004
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 6.00 X 0.44 (inches)|
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Mark Hertweck5 Stars Out Of 5June 9, 2004Mark HertweckAn excellent read! I would highly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys hunting, fishing, or simply loves the great outdoors. Props to my good buddy, Jason . . . see you on the NY Times Bestseller List!
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: February 16, 2004
Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in a small Tennessee town in the home that was Christianized, but not necessarily Christian. My mom and dad were great parents, and we are very close to one another, but none of us held a personal relationship with Jesus. And, you know what, I'm actually glad it was that way. I know that sounds really odd, but because of such an upbringing, I can relate to what it means to be a non-believer. We all became Christians about the same time, so it was like God "saved" our household - much like you hear in Acts. My dad owned an outdoors store that sold hunting and fishing gear, so that provided the exposure to the outdoor world. From an early age, a love for the outdoors was in my DNA. Currently, I pastor full time, write, and lead an outdoor ministry called Tennessee Outdoor Network which trains churches how to set up ministries for outdoorsmen. www.tennesseeoutdoornetwork.com
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to find a way to share my faith with the hundreds of thousands of people who are what I used to be - great folks who love to hunt and fish - but don't really know that it means to have Jesus leading their life.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that people will see that you can soak up all of God's creation and embrace your passion to hunt and fish; but, I don't want them to overlook the obvious as they are outside. God created all things, and He's left us without excuse, as Romans 1 states, to deny His existence.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I have tons of influences. Music is a huge outlet. A lot of classic country, traditional rock, bluegrass, and Christian music of course. I get a lot of inspiration from being in the outdoors while hunting and fishing. As for authors, there are many. John Ortberg and Jim Cymbala have been big hitters for me. I also get a lot of inspiration from, and I know this sounds weird, but from memories. God has given me the ability to use memorable experiences and turning them into stories. Weird but true!!!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Perhaps one thing that's most important is the fact that I'm no super scholar theologian. I truly am an ordinary guy, and I try to relate Christianity to ordinary people. I'm not one for formality or starchy sophistication.