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 twentiesfinishing 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.
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.
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