It is officially launch week of my new book, Backcountry Devotions! What started out as a daily devotion on my BackcountryChaplain.com page well over a year ago quickly morphed into a book idea through the urging of a number of good friends. When Darin Letzring, owner of Backcountry Press, happened about the online daily devotions he immediately contacted me with the idea for a book which might appeal to backpackers and general outdoor enthusiasts. As a matter of fact, Backcountry Devotions was written for the person who might be heading into the backcountry for a couple of weeks on a solo trip or who might be leading a small group on an extended backcountry adventure. Outdoor themed devotions for each day, some additional more in-depth Bible studies, as well as resources such as a list verses in the Bible which talk about the outdoors and the words to a number of outdoor or creation themed choruses and hymns are also included.
While the devotions are outdoor themed, meaning each one is illustrated through various aspects of creation or forms of outdoor recreation (hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, etc.) the message and application behind each chapter and each study is relevant and applicable to anyone. I think you will find not only encouragement but also personal challenge as you live your life each day in the grandest adventure of all, faith.
This week I am headed to South Carolina to the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s annual conference. What a better way to spend my launch week then surrounded by the best outdoor communicators in the country, or the world for that matter. So many of my friends in POMA encouraged me throughout this process and I am looking forward to sharing the final product with them.
Thanks also to Becky Robinson, Carrie Koens and the other great people at Weaving Influence and Team Faith Builder for all your hard work in creating buzz! Thanks as well to my Adventure Leadership & Outdoor Ministry students at Liberty University who provide me with continuous encouragement, motivation, and a source of illustrations. Of course, I have to thank my family as none of this would have been possible without their support.
I will be doing some special book promotions over the next month through BackcountryChaplain.com and the Backcountry Chaplain Facebook page where I will be giving away some cool outdoor gear. In order to win you will have to read the book though!
Thanks for your support!
The Backcountry Chaplain