“Imprisoned in my kayak, I leaned back and wondered if this choice I had made was perhaps the most foolish, ill-advised choice of my entire life.”
Paul Stutzman was stuck in the weeds. Literally stuck, in the thick weeds of a Mississippi River swamp.
All of us at one time or another are “stuck.” We may find ourselves at a place In our jobs, our marriages, our parenting, or our faith when there seem to be no answers and no clear path ahead. What does a follower of Jesus do then?
Stutzman gives an honest account of events and questions in his own life that left him feeling just as stuck as the thick, impenetrable swamp weeds that confounded his Mississippi River journey. In a pilgrimage to find answers and clarity on personal and faith issues, he hikes a famous trail in Spain and ponders how choosing to be a disciple of Christ affects the choices we all make in our pilgrimages.
His reflections will challenge the discipleship of every follower of Jesus.
Paul Stutzman’s hiking shoes have slogged through Maine’s mud, filled with Mississippi River water, traversed Spain’s plains, and now tread, in awe, some of the same hillsides, shores, and streets where Jesus’ sandals trod.
On a hike through Israel, Paul and his friend Craig visit places that were prominent in the life and ministry of Jesus. Paul is seeking two things: to better know the human Jesus and to find the answer to a question that has puzzled him for years—What does it mean to follow Jesus?
This journey changes Paul’s understanding of many of the stories in the Gospels. He writes his account in hopes that you, too, will find a closer relationship with Jesus of Nazareth as you go with him and Craig to Nazareth, Capernaum, the far country, the gates of hell, the manger in Bethlehem, the Garden Tomb, and the city of Jerusalem.
Johnny Miller grew up in an Old Order Amish family, but he often quipped that he was Out of Order Amish. His early and constant doubts about the Amish faith and lifestyle lead to a desperate choice; but even as he leaves his family and the life he’s known behind, he is not sure whether he’s headed for life and hope or destruction and damnation.
Johnny Miller is home again, farming the land he loves in a quiet Amish community in Ohio.
But although he’s not physically wandering, he is still wondering. Wondering why he is restless. Wondering why he feels that some piece of his life is not yet in place. Wondering why, when he was medically “dead,” he was met by his wife, who told him his time to enter Heaven had not yet come—he was still needed on earth.
This third and final book of the “The Wanderers” series follows Johnny’s wandering to a place where he finally finds home.
Johnny’s journey to find home has been interrupted, and only a miracle has kept him alive to continue. But does he want to continue? Does he even want to be alive?
His life has been plunged into darkness. All hopes and dreams are gone and the only thing he is certain of is constant pain. Left with a mangled body, an unreliable mind, and a bitter spirit, he’s become someone his family barely recognizes. Johnny turns toward home, convinced if there is any light or hope, it is to be found there—but it’s a long walk back to the farm in Ohio.
Is there any light than can banish his darkness? How many times must he die before he can finally live? And if he finally does make it home—does anyone want him there?