New Book Explores God and the Outdoors

It is turkey season. I am sitting in the woods well before first light. Slowly the world begins to wake up. The birds begin to chirp just as the first light of morning breaks the darkness. Nature serenades my soul, as I become one with the world. A gobbler thunders from across the ridge and my heart skips a beat. I am one with nature.

Even if I never see that turkey, the day has been a success. I have immersed myself in Gods creation and it has renewed my soul. The second verse my favorite hymn goes like this,

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Every time I go out into the woods I get closer to God.  His creation as a healing effect on the soul that can not really be explained. But that does not mean we should not try. My good friend and spiritual brother has written a book that attempts to explain the connection an outdoorsman shares with nature and its Creator.

This August, Blake Alma will release a book entitled An Outdoorsman’s Heart: The Outdoors Through His Eyes. This young man has been shaped by his devotion to Christ and his love for the outdoors and is attempting to put it into words. He is a gifted writer and I look forward to reading the book when it comes out.

Here is an except from the book.

“Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience it will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” – Fred Bear, the father of modern bowhunting

There is no denying that living an outdoor lifestyle gives you higher morals. Keeping busy in the awe of God’s creation keeps me from sin and immersing myself in the ways of this sinful world. However, the outdoors is just a temporary soul cleanser.

Christ is the eternal soul cleanser!

This past week Blake also released a trailer for the book on his Facebook page.