A good book for fishing and hunting enthusiasts

January 13, 2010

Faith Outdoors

I’m happy for the January thaw that arrived this week. It’s getting me thinking about spring and my upcoming wild turkey hunts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Preparations already are underway.

In the meantime, I have cracked open a book that I have been wanting to read for a while. It’s written by Father Joe Classen, a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who invited me down to go turkey hunting with him in April of 2007. The book is called, “Tracking Virtue, Conquering Vice: A Guide for Spiritual Survival” and is published by Our Sunday Visitor.

Father Joe sent me the book shortly after it went to press this last year. I enjoyed reading his other book about the outdoors, “Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord,” and I have been looking forward to this one. I’m only a few pages into it, but I like it already. His writing style is easy to read and his passion for the outdoors and the faith leap from the pages.

In the first chapter, he makes reference to a master animal tracker, Tom Brown Jr. He has gained notoriety for being able to track animals in amazing ways and learn things from  their tracks that some might find hard to believe. From there, Father Joe moves smoothly to the question of whether God leaves “tracks” that enable us to find him and  track his movements. Of course, the answer is, yes.

I’m only into the first chapter, but, already, I’m hooked. One reason is that I know that on the pages that lie ahead, I will hear anecdotes from his many hunting and fishing trips. I get a few of them occasionally by e-mail, and I always like keeping abreast of what Father Joe is up to in the field and on the water. Winter is a good time for telling and hearing stories and reading Father Joe’s book will be a good way for me to get through this cold, snowy season that is packing quite a punch this year.

Note: To get a copy of the book and to look at other books published by Father Joe, visit Our Sunday Visitor 

About Dave Hrbacek

Staff photographer and writer for The Catholic Spirit. Also, avid outdoors enthusiast with a passion for hunting, fishing and photography. Married to Julie and have four children, three boys and a girl.

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