Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet  -     By: Nathan Foster
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Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet

Inter-Varsity Press / 2010 / Paperback

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This book, Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet begins with a simple question from a struggling son to a world famous Father:

"Hey Dad, you want to climb the highest mountain in Colorado?'"

And for Nathan Foster and his father best selling author, Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline, Prayer, that simple question changed everything. With no hiking experience to draw on, they embarked on a journey of physical challenge, discovering just how far they could push themselves. For Nathan a parallel journey took him inside himself.

Having grown up in the shadow of a famous father, Richard J. Foster, Nathan had a lot of questions about who his father really was. Would hiking open the door for him to get to know this distant figure?

As the one-time experiment evolved into a decade of challenging hikes up Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, the Fourteeners, Nathan navigated his twenties--finishing college, choosing a career, a possible cross-country move, the early years of marriage and a major personal crisis. Along the way he would discover exactly what his father could offer him.

This book also includes an afterword by Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and coauthor of Longing for God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830836306
ISBN-13: 9780830836307
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Publisher's Description

It began with a simple question: "One day I found myself asking my father, across the chasm between us, 'Hey Dad, you want to climb the highest mountain in Colorado?'" And for Nathan Foster and his father, Richard, that simple question changed everything. With no hiking experience to draw on, they embarked on a journey of physical challenge, discovering just how far they could push themselves. For Nathan a parallel journey took him inside himself. Having grown up in the shadow of a famous father, Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, Nathan had a lot of questions about who his father really was. Would hiking open the door for him to get to know this distant figure? As the one-time experiment evolved into a decade of challenging hikes up Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, the Fourteeners, Nathan navigated his twenties--finishing college, choosing a career, a possible cross-country move, the early years of marriage and a major personal crisis. Along the way he would discover exactly what his father could offer him. This book also includes an afterword by Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and coauthor of Longing for God.

Author Bio

Nathan Foster is assistant professor of social work at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan where he's surrounded by a mess of really rich, insightful people. He's also been a counselor and served as director of Door of Hope Counseling and Consulting (Arvada, Colorado). Through his counseling work Foster has realized that one of gifts we get from walking with people through their suffering is a vision for common themes in the human experience. The honest and authentic tone of his writing draws from this place, and he hopes readers will find pieces of their own story embedded in his. With much of his life filled with an ache and longing for deeper connections to others, yet paradoxically shrouded with a fear of being known, Foster aims to connect with people who've had that same struggle in his first book, . In his down time, Foster enjoys chasing silence and quiet reflection, usually by riding 60 to 100 miles a week on his bike. He sees his primary ministry with his wife and kids, so he works hard to show up and be present to them. A big fan of stories, he's found that relationships (and what we can learn from others) inform as much of his thoughts as anything, so works to carry the stories of others with him. What's Foster up to next? Loving extravagantly and doing the next right thing--which, among others, might just involve writing another book.

Endorsements

"This book will give comfort to parents of kids who are still finding their way, and hope to kids who are seeking to understand their parents."
—Philip Yancey,
author of The Jesus I Never Knew


"Son and father, Nathan and Richard Foster, set out to climb Colorado's 'fourteeners' together. Wisdom Chaser is poignant and winsome as successive mountains deepen for each, the son and the father, what it means to be a son, to be a father. Add mountain climbing to your list of spiritual disciplines."
—Eugene H. Peterson,
Translator of The Message and author of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

"Deeply engaging . . . unsparing . . . gem of a book . . . readers . . . will be grateful for its insights, humility, and tenderness."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review), April 2010

Publisher's Weekly

In this deeply engaging, conspicuously unpolished chronicle of a decade of mountaineering adventures with his father, the son of a famous father explores not only the physical terrain of the Colorado Rockies but also the emotional and spiritual terrain of their evolving relationship as the two test themselves. An assistant professor of social work at Michigan's Spring Arbor University, the writer is the son of Richard Foster, a luminary among contemporary writers on Christian spirituality. "The little I knew about my father I didn't much like," he writes near the book's beginning. An unsparing and even sometimes awkward narrative of the writer's deepening self-knowledge as he confronts the wounds of his childhood, the book also describes his deepening friendship with his father as they experience climbing success, failure, and some pretty terrifying close calls in unforgiving mountain passes. This gem of a book should appeal not only to Richard Foster fans but to a much wider pool of readers who will be grateful for its insights, humility, and tenderness. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Deeply engaging . . . unsparing . . . gem of a book . . . readers . . . will be grateful for its insights, humility, and tenderness."
"Son and father, Nathan and Richard Foster, set out to climb Colorado's 'fourteeners' together. Wisdom Chaser is poignant and winsome as successive mountains deepen for each, the son and the father, what it means to be a son, to be a father. Add mountain climbing to your list of spiritual disciplines."
"This book will give comfort to parents of kids who are still finding their way, and hope to kids who are seeking to understand their parents."

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