Description : Like the poets Henry David Thoreau and St. Francis, Fritz Jaensch profoundly believes the natural and spiritual worlds are intertwined. In his first collection of lyrical verse, Jaensch blends details of the small creatures that hide in the woods as they grapple with the meaning and practice of truth in their own world with the complexities that surround Gods world of the spirit. From the hawk, the owl, and the crows perched in the tall trees to Gods chosen vesselhis sonwho has come to earth to redeem the human soul, Jaensch leads others down a peaceful path, where warm sunshine heals pain and the Word of God brings comfort to the sick and weary. In this poignant volume of verse, a poet shares contemplative lyrics grounded in the natural world and infused with spirituality that offer faith, hope, and love to anyone searching for meaning in life. Fritzs poems combine the wonders of the natural world with the amazement of the spiritual world and remind me greatly of the works of Henry David Thoreau (Allen Sweet, PhD, adjunct professor of electrical engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California).
Description : Spotting The Devil/Spotting The Devil From Far and Near. Avoiding The Trap Of Negative Behavior In Order To Fulfill The Purpose Of Ones Life. The word devil in this book is not used in the traditional sense. The word devil conjures up a powerful image of everything that is negative and destructive and it is in this sense that the word is used. We are surrounded by it. In many ways we are consumed by it, yet man is afraid to utter the word, as if by saying the word devil man is somehow admitting that he is accepting of this taboo and is in aggreance with the devil force. This book says that we must and can learn to identify all these negatives as they come at us in order to avoid the dire consequences that come about as a result of our contact with these devils in our society. This book seeks to examine the world in which we live with an analytical approach to why we as the human race make the choices in life that we do. It starts with a simple story about an incident that happens in the authors childhood, with the intention of explaining why the author sees things the way he does and coming to the realization that this was a defining moment in his life, even though he did not know it at the time. This book looks at fear, the fear that is an obstacle to most of us and this fear is something we take for granted, Most of us think that this fear is normal and that there is no way around it. Not true, as the author explains. He goes into the reasons why we must conquer these fears and where most of these fears originate. The author goes on to explain friendship and how we are so easily lulled into different behavior, how easy it is for us to get caught up in the moment and how easily it is to get carried away, usually to our detriment. In using stories from his life experience he takes the reader on a journey and in every step of that journey he unfolds a secret. There is so much that we take for granted and yet so much of this behavior can be prevented if we could only recognize what is coming at us, just like the driver who knows he is about to collide with another car because he sees it coming towards him from the opposite direction. The author looks at popular culture from the inside out and shows us how we are surrounded by so much negativity yet we dont know it because we do not look at society from this angle. We can have a greater appreciation for the images that are fed to us if we see them for what they are, and we can watch and enjoy without becoming consumed by fantasy if we understand the motives behind what is being fed to us. In these times, it is crucial that we learn from the mistakes of the past and we challenge ourselves to be more disciplined and to develop our sense of foresight because we all have the gift. We are born with it, but as we grow we allow societys ills to get the better of us and we just follow rather than lead ourselves into a better life, where we can find the fulfillment that we all seek. This book looks at first, the microcosm, and then the macrocosm, taking a peek at wars and what is the lesson of these wars. The author also looks at religion and mans attitude towards it. Why do we get caught up in imagery and names and not listen to what is truth and what makes sense. We follow, even when two plus two does not make four, we follow blindly and again are led downstream. Finally the author looks at colors that have been in cultures for thousands of years and unravels the associations that many have come to attach to certain colors. This book is an eye opener, written in a simple language that would only serve to enlighten and unravel some of the mysteries that make life so complex. The key is right in front of us. We feel it, therefore we know it, and we are in denial more than we are not. Do we get dressed everyday for the creator, or do we get dressed for ourselves? It is true that man cannot serve two masters, but one can always find th
Description : From the glacial lakes of Patagonia to the safari camps of Zambia, Charles Gaines has traversed the globe in search of the elusive catch. Traveling by helicopter, kayak, ship or houseboat, on lakes, rivers, oceans and everglades, he has visited five continents and over 20 countries following his primary passion: fly-fishing. But, as with any epic quest, the adventure—made up of wild stories, salty characters, breathtaking settings and close calls—is often more rewarding than the slippery goal itself. In Have Fly Rod, Will Travel, Charles Gaines presents a collection of essays that each begin in pursuit of a fish, but ultimately wind through back roads, volcanic landscapes, game reserves and remote villages, taking the reader on expeditions that reach far beyond the bait and tackle. Along the way, he weaves in historical context, environmental concerns, and vividly detailed portraits of the fellow adventurers and guides who share his obsession for the sport. Tom McGuane calls Gaines’s writing “fresh, original and downright elegant.” John Rasmus, former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Adventure says “Gaines breaks your heart with his stories, his voice, and the rhythm and control in his prose…Charles Gaines captures the sport—and the passions it evokes—with a sense of adventure, grace, and magic.”
Description : Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers. Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist’s life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.
Description : Home is not easy to find. Marcus, Lee, Austin, and Violet are starting over. Texas is supposed to be their sanctuary. But the Constabulary isn’t ready to relinquish their worst offenders, legal jurisdiction or not. They’ve sent agents in undercover, and Marcus is the assigned target of one who has personal reasons to bring him back dead or alive. Marcus and Lee are ready to be whole again, to secure a home here—together. But wholeness and home might not mean what they thought. Stopping the Constabulary hunters will require more than Marcus knows how to give, and God is about to use him again in a way he doesn’t expect. Enemies, emotions, the past, the future—everything must be faced in the quest for a true haven.