To be honest, I didn’t expect to get much from Wisdom Chaser: Finding my Father at 14,000 Feet by Nathan Foster. A loose page labeled “Disclaimer” had been inserted inside. It fell from the book the first time I opened it. I don’t know who wrote the disclaimer, nor how I even came to have the book. One paragraph of the disclaimer stated, “If you are easily offended or would presume that a Christian should never use coarse language—DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.” (Emphasis mine.)
Okay. Why not? Are there truly people so sheltered as to be offended by coarse language? How could a Christian book include such language?
I truly don’t recall any offensive language in the book, just the honest personal struggles of a young man as he strove to find his niche in the shadow of a great father. Some of those struggles resonated with me. I could feel the emotions Nathan described since similar ones had visited my heart at various times.
Turns out, Nathan Foster actually grew up in Wichita—another book with a Kansas connection. However I’ve never personally met either him or his father. His father, Richard Foster, wrote the afterword in the book and affirms his son, Nathan. “Nate’s skills in wilderness survival are exceptional. He has. . .led groups of at-risk teenagers into the wilderness. . .and back again.” Survival in the wilderness is a topic close to my heart.
Some of Nathan Foster’s points resonated with me:
“Pace yourself. Move slowly. Don’t stop.” Good advice as we head into another marathon year of resistance.
“Time, my most valuable possession, is quite possibly my only real possession.” And thus, to share time with another person is quite possibly, “the pinnacle of human sacrifice.”
“Capitalism depends on materialism to survive.”
“Building and cultivating relationships is the most important thing I will ever do.”
Like Foster, I often feel “immobilized by choices.”
And, “Lost potential is the byproduct of every evil in this world.”
Can we begin to measure choices by the extent to which they influence lost potential in ourselves and others?
An inspirational and thought-provoking book, I can recommend Wisdom Chaser by Nathan Foster.
Learning to Live With It by Kevin Olson, was another inspirational book that has already been mentioned in an earlier post. (“Considering Heroes” December 7, 2017) I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it again. I am full of admiration for Kevin and others who don’t let the poor hand they’ve been dealt stop them from making a positive impact in this needy world. They are our unsung heroes.