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A River Calling: A Christian Father and His Sons; A Canoe Adventure; A Spiritual Journey That Would Last a Lifetime [Paperback]

By Glenn Frontin (Author)
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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.77" Width: 6.29" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2008
Publisher   Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN  1602478589  
EAN  9781602478589  

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On a three-day canoe trip in Montana, author Glenn Frontin sees things in his two sons he never noticed back home in civilization. Every Christian dad knows the struggles, trials, and tribulations of trying to raise godly sons in a very ungodly world. What men often forget is the Apostle Paul's words that they are soldiers fighting spiritual battles every day in a great spiritual war. A River Calling is one dad's story of realizing how easy it is to be a passive father-on the battlefield, but not in the fight. Against the backdrop of the breath-taking American West, author Glenn Frontin illustrates how the training of a spiritual soldier is remarkably similar to the military training he received as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He explains that simply teaching our sons to behave is not the same as training them to be soldiers for Christ and preparing them for the battles that lay ahead. From a clear mountain stream in Montana to gigantic lakes in the Dakotas, from remote Indian lands to bustling cities, paddle down the Missouri in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as Glenn relives the adventure of a lifetime and reflects on the lessons of fatherhood in A River Calling.

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A book that will leave everyone feeling spiritual!  Jul 18, 2008
As I finish the book " a River Calling", I look back at the pages, underlined; dog-eared and tear-stained. Mr. Frontin tells a remarkable tale of a journey as a young man, a journey of faith and a journey of fatherhood. A tale everyone will be able to relate to in one sense or another. Telling more than one story in a book is no small feat and as a first time, published writer I was impressed at the ease he was able to take the reader from one tale and then to the other. Never realizing how long the Missouri River was, it is hard to fathom what it takes to canoe such a daunting river. The adventures of these four young men filled me with both admiration and inspiration at what one can do if they set their minds to it. The history he weaves into this excursion is also educational, that I am sure most Americans are unfamiliar with.

As we face many trials and tribulations in our own lives, especially during the maturation years, it seems the parenting skills these days, are less than desirable. Mr. Frontin's relationship with his sons, his strong desire to be the best father possible and his comparison of the Lord, the Almighty "Father" is such a refreshing outlook and one that all fathers should take heed. It is not just the 3 day canoe trip Glenn does with Dustin and Joshua, but his continued ability to be awed by nature, God's beautiful Creation, and share what he saw. His love and consideration for his wife and daughter are never far from his thoughts as he spends this cherished adventure with his sons.

I am not a religious individual, but I found myself drawn to the biblical comparisons. It helped me realize how special the world around us is and saw how the teachings of God can and should reflect our actions and outcome. I read "a River Calling" on my own journey, as I travel extensively for work. I finished the book on one plane ride and as I waited for my connection, I purchased a Cross necklace that I proudly wore home.
This is a beautiful book.   Mar 31, 2008
This is a beautiful book. The author's descriptions of what he sees and feels, make the reader feel as if he/she is there. The intertwining of "real" life with Biblical passages adds to the overall impact of the story. Good story. Good lessons. A must read!
A Triple Reflection on Life and History  Mar 3, 2008
a River Calling is a great reflection on one historical (Lewis & Clark) and two personal adventures--the author's 2000+ mile trip down the Missouri River as a young man and raising two sons as a Christian father. References to the Corps of Discovery journey are woven into the 91 day canoe trip of Glenn Frontin and 3 other teenagers from Yellowstone to St Louis in 1979 and the retracing of part of that trip over 3 days with Glenn's two teenage sons in 2002. Glenn highlights many spiritual lessons from his own life and the challenges of traveling on the Missouri. It is an easy and encouraging read for new and seasoned fathers.
A True Blessing That Flows From The Heart  Jan 18, 2008
If you love American history, outdoor adventure and are a committed father in terms of raising your son(s) God's way, you won't want to miss this book. The author takes you on an unforgettable journey retracing the footsteps of Lewis and Clark with his own 2000 plus mile canoe adventure as a young man on the Missouri river in 1979 and later in life as a father with his own boys. Around every corner the author pours his heart out about his love of the outdoors, his country, his family and his own personal struggles as a man together with his wife charged with the most important responsibility in the world i.e. raising Godly children.

As a parent who can relate to similar challenges in life I found that the book just draws you in. Along the way, the author uses God's word in teaching about this awesome responsibility as a father. Beginning in Yellowstone National Park the author's imagery brings to life not only the beauty of God's creations but three journeys of a lifetime. Told in a very open, direct and easy to read style the author challenges the reader to imagine what it must have been like and how husbands and fathers must work so diligently to fulfill God's mandate.

This is a book to surely read and read again, pass along to others and urge others to buy.

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