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5 Stars Out Of 5
July 19, 2008
As I finish the book a River Calling, I look back at the pages, underlined; dog-eared and tear-stained. Mr. Frontin tells a remarkable tale of a journey as a young man, a journey of faith and a journey of fatherhood. A tale everyone will be able to relate to in one sense or another. Telling more than one story in a book is no small feat and as a first time, published writer I was impressed at the ease he was able to take the reader from one tale and then to the other. Never realizing how long the Missouri River was, it is hard to fathom what it takes to canoe such a daunting river. The adventures of these four young men filled me with both admiration and inspiration at what one can do if they set their minds to it. The history he weaves into this excursion is also educational that I am sure most Americans are unfamiliar with.As we face many trials and tribulations in our own lives, especially during the maturation years, it seems the parenting skills these days, are less than desirable. Mr. Frontins relationship with his sons, his strong desire to be the best father possible and his comparison of the Lord, the Almighty Father is such a refreshing outlook and one that all fathers should take heed. It is not just the 3 day canoe trip Glenn does with Dustin and Joshua, but his continued ability to be awed by nature, Gods beautiful Creation, and share what he saw. His love and consideration for his wife and daughter are never far from his thoughts as he spends this cherished adventure with his sons.I am not a religious individual, but I found myself drawn to the biblical comparisons. It helped me realize how special the world around us is and saw how the teachings of God can and should reflect our actions and outcome. I read a River Calling on my own journey, as I travel extensively for work. I finished the book on one plane ride and as I waited for my connection, I purchased a Cross necklace that I proudly wore home.
Would you like to get an inkling as to what it was like to follow the route of Lewis and Clark when they explored the Missouri River back in 1803?Read Glenn Frontin's book, a River Calling, as he and three other late teen-agers decide to canoe from Three Forks, Montana some 176 years after Lewis and Clark and Company had traveled this same route, although in reverse order.For these four youths, the canoeing was fun but far from easy, often hazardous and sometimes right down scary but with God's guidance--although these young adventurers did not realize it at the time--and because of the kindness and extreme generosity of many people along the way, they finally saw the Gleaming Arch of St. Louis, Missouri some 2500 miles and three months later.Years later, as a mature adult with a strong Christian Faith, and one well-versed in the Scriptures, Glenn ponders whether he is adequately fulfilling his role as a Christian father, as he takes his own two sons on a three-day canoeing venture on a section of the Missouri River over which he had paddled as a teenager.Toward the start of the trip, one of Glenn's sons says, "You guys must have been nuts!" in referring to his father's earlier feat, but--to Glenn's paternal satisfaction--his boys express unspoken gratitude for their brief but memorable trip together.For Glenn, The River was still beckoning to him and now he had the but feeling that his sons shared a similar "calling".
Writer Glen Frontin has a way of putting you right in the midst of his story. I am amazed at how I was able to feel as if I was on both the canoe trips he took. The trip as a young man brought me back to the days of my youth and the trip with his sons parallels my present life stage. The lessons he brings forth and ideas he brings out about society, parenthood and God are thought provoking and inspiring. I read the book months ago and find myself thinking back on his adventures frequently. If you pick it up you will not want to put it down.
Glenn Frontin has a gentle way of sharing his experiences and personal studies that holds the reader's interest and allows them to learn about nature, history, and scripture at the same time! The reader may find it difficult to put the book down before they have read about each new adventure that waits around the river bend. I enjoyed the comparisons of Glenn's first trip down the river as a young man and the trip he made later as a dad with his own sons. It's nice to read of young men in our own time who have risen to the challenges of nature and life in general and become better men for the experience!