Deep in the Wave: A Surfing Guide to the Soul   -     By: Bear Woznick, Lou Aronica
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Deep in the Wave: A Surfing Guide to the Soul

Center Street / 2012 / Hardcover

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* Dive into God's boundless ocean of love with world-class surfer Bear Woznick! Interweaving his relationship with the Lord with his passion for surfing, he invites you to climb on his board as he takes you on a thrilling ride through calm tides, monster waves, and the powerful presence of God. 240 pages, hardcover from Center Street.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 X 0.85 (inches)
ISBN: 089296829X
ISBN-13: 9780892968299

Publisher's Description

For world-class surfer Bear Woznick, the ocean has always been the center of his universe. He's spent his entire life with it; riding its waves, learning from it, loving it. The ocean also nourishes the soul as Bear shows us on his surfboard.

In DEEP IN THE WAVE, readers ride along with Woznick through the calmest of tides and most turbulent waves. Woznick's portrayal of the beauty and power of the ocean is truly inspiring and showcases the profound meaning surfing has had on his life.

From the way a surfboard is painstakingly crafted, to the faith and patience that is required to ride a monster wave, Woznick weaves his relationship to surfing with his relationship to God, relating how the two are often one in the same. Instead of standing on the shore with our toes in the surf, Woznick takes us on the board--to the deep water--to watch and wait--and, if need be, to paddle hard to survive.

Author Bio

Bear Woznick holds multiple Masters World Tandem surfing titles, co-founded the World Tandem Competition Tour and travels the world promoting the art that he loves with BearsWave Tandem Expression Sessions. In addition to his surfing he is a private pilot, holds a black belt, rides a Harley, and plays the ukulele. He is also a novitiate oblate of the Benedictine Monastery of Oahu. You can find Bear online at bearswave.com and on Twitter @bearswave. His BearsWave.com podcast is on iTunes and Youtube.

Lou Aronica is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Element, the national bestseller The Culture Code, and several other works of nonfiction and fiction. You can find Lou online at www.fictionstudio.com.

Editorial Reviews

"A magnificent, life-changing book."

---Anthony DeStefano, New York Times bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven

"Bear shares his love for his greatest passion, the ocean, with all those he meets and in the pages of this book. His enthusiasm for life is infectious and his love of the ocean undeniable."

---Chuck Inman, two-time tandem surfing world champion

"Find out how one man enjoys the highs, embraces the lows, and survives and grows from the inevitable wipe-outs. Whether you surf or not this book will challenge you in new ways to let go, dive deep, and give your all to God."

---Melody Green, author, speaker, songwriter

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  1. Los Angeles, CA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Spiritually and personally profound
    January 21, 2013
    Jesse
    Los Angeles, CA
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "I was profoundly impressed with Bear Woznick's spiritually moving new book It is inspiring and soulful. Bear's sense of wonder and sincere love of God gleams throughout each chapter. It's like an autobiography and spiritual guide in one, and one cannot help but feel an incredible sense of joy for life and closer connection to the Lord after reading it."
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 26, 2012
    NewHeart
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I took this book with me on vacation and could not put it down. Woznick's desire to have an intimate relationship with the Lord, and being able to maintain that desire though his struggles and his adventures, really inspired me. It made me want to push myself more in my own dreams and in my daily life towards a deeper walk with Jesus. I will be giving this as gifts this Christmas season.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Ride
    October 31, 2012
    Agape
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book inspired me on so many different levels the challenges the author faces both physically and spiritually, inspired me to take a different look at my own journey. His great love of the Lord and all the gifts having a one on one intimate relationship with Jesus has on us, truly moved my spirit. His great love of the ocean made me want to challenge myself to go further in places I thought I had hit my limits. He opens up and shares both his greatest and weakest moments, to show us how God loves us through it all.
  4. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    great adventure, appalling spiritual commentary
    July 19, 2012
    juliea
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    World-class surfer gone author Bear Woznick certainly delivers a tale worthy of his name in Deep in the Wave. I couldn't put the book down, as Woznick's epic surf journeys reflected some of my own life experiences and aspirations. Fellow nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies will find that Wave really does take the reader on a ride of a lifetime, leaving something of a sad yearning when the book ends.

    While I loved this book for its exhilarating life journey, I found it appalling in its spiritual journey. Unless he failed to accurately represent himself, Woznick's spirituality is some sort of cross between New Age, naturism, and narcissism. Sure, God is mentioned from time to time, but major elements of Christianity are either distorted or absent.

    For example, when Woznick mentions God's love, it might be in the context of God loving him (Woznick) so much that he put a beautiful panorama before him. Woznick seems oblivious to the fact that once a believer experiences true agape, that love will naturally flow from the believer toward his fellow human beings. It will not surprise the reader, then, given Woznick's self-centered view of God's love, that Woznick's marriage took a back seat to his admitted first love, the sea, and his neglected second love (you know, the one he swore before God and man to protect) ultimately walked out the door. How sad that Woznick seems unaware that he is missing God's true agape experience, but is settling for his narcissistic view of the God-self relationship.

    In another instance, Woznick actually described a sunset as more beautiful than any woman could ever be. Huh? Is Woznick aware that God created humanity, not sunsets, in His image? Does he know that God ordered humanity above all creation? How did this New Age-type spirituality make it into a Christian publication?

    As for naturism: I'll just say that Woznick mentioned pursuing more than one outdoor activity sans clothing. That's a first in my Christian reading.

    Woznick's spiritual journey is not one I would offer as an example to fellow Christians. Woznick should have skipped the spiritual commentary (or not used a Christian publisher), and he would have had a real winner in Deep in the Wave.

    I received this book free from Hachette Book Group, Inc. for the purpose of providing my honest review.
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