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Sailing Acts [Paperback]

By Linford Stutzman (Author)
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Pages   330
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.92"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   STL/FAITHWORKS #617
ISBN  1561485462  
EAN  9781561485468  


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For those who love sailing and you-are-there travel literature. Also for those who enjoy studying the life and times of the Apostle Paul. But definitely for those who love adventure, or at least reading about it! Seafaring isn't for the faint of heart. It wasn't for the Apostle Paul in the first century A.D.-shipwrecked, imprisoned, and often a stranger in foreign lands. And it turned out to be a heart-stopping task some two thousand years later, when a religion professor and his wife undertook a 14-month journey by sailboat! They stopped in eight countries, visiting every site where Paul stopped on his tumultuous missionary journeys. SailingActs traces this 21st-century voyage from Volos, Greece, to Rome, Italy, by car, by foot, by motorized scooter, but mostly on a 33-foot boat, logging more than 3600 nautical miles over two sailing seasons. "Explorers are easy to admire or despise, but very difficult to understand without going on the trip," writes Stutzman. "To really appreciate the experiences, the drama, and development of Paul the explorer, you need to sail with him." So begins SailingActs, inviting readers to come on board. Stutzman draws thoughtful comparisons from his own travel mishaps and adventures to the ones Paul experienced on his journeys. This book is in the tradition of Bruce Feiler's Walking the Bible. Stutzman's knowledge of the socio-political setting in the first-century Roman empire provides an informative backdrop to understanding Paul and reading his epistles in a new light. The book includes dozens of photos, maps showing the couple's travel routes, a list of all the repairs and replacements Stutzman made to the aging boat which he bought sight-unseen, and an itinerary of places they visited.

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This book traces the 21st -century voyage, by a religion professor and his wife, from Volos, Greece, to Rome, Italy, visiting every site where St. Paul stopped on his tumultuous missionary journeys. This modern couple travels this ancient route by car, by foot, by motorized scooter, but mostly on a 33-foot boat, logging more than 3600 nautical miles over two sailing seasons.
For those who love sailing and you-are-there travel literature. Also for those who enjoy studying the life and times of the Apostle Paul. But definitely for those who love adventure, or at least reading about it Seafaring isn't for the faint of heart. It wasn't for the Apostle Paul in the first century A.D.--shipwrecked, imprisoned, and often a stranger in foreign lands. And it turned out to be a heart-stopping task some two thousand years later, when a religion professor and his wife undertook a 14-month journey by sailboat They stopped in eight countries, visiting every site where Paul stopped on his tumultuous missionary journeys.
"Sailing Acts" traces this 21st-century voyage from Volos, Greece, to Rome, Italy, by car, by foot, by motorized scooter, but mostly on a 33-foot boat, logging more than 3600 nautical miles over two sailing seasons. "Explorers are easy to admire or despise, but very difficult to understand without going on the trip," writes Stutzman. "To really appreciate the experiences, the drama, and development of Paul the explorer, you need to sail with him."
So begins Sailing Acts, inviting readers to come on board. Stutzman draws thoughtful comparisons from his own travel mishaps and adventures to the ones Paul experienced on his journeys. This book is in the tradition of Bruce Feiler's Walking the Bible. Stutzman's knowledge of the socio-political setting in the first-century Roman empire provides an informative backdrop to understanding Paul and reading his epistles in a new light. The book includes dozens of photos, maps showing the couple's travel routes, a list of all the repairs and replacements Stutzman made to the aging boat which he bought sight-unseen, and an itinerary of places they visited.

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Linford Stutzman was born in the logging community of Cascadia, Oregon. He learned many of his carpentry and mechanical skills by working alongside his father who was a farmer, logger, and pastor of the community church. Linford's teenage years were spent in the remote interior of British Columbia, Canada. There he worked for the Canadian forestry service, fisheries, at a hunting lodge, and in mining exploration. Linford and his wife Janet have lived in Jerusalem, Israel; Munich, Germany; and in Perth, Australia. They have two grown sons, David and Jonathan. Linford holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, a master's degree in Religion from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and a bachelor's degree in Bible from Eastern Mennonite University. Since 1993 he has been teaching courses in religion, culture, and mission at Eastern Mennonite University. Together, Linford and Janet have led Eastern Mennonite University's cross-cultural study semester to the Middle East numerous times, as well as summer-study programs to Albania, Lithuania, Greece, and Turkey. In the summers, they continue to explore the Mediterranean aboard SailingActs.

Linford Stutzman was born in 1950.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Not Enough  Mar 3, 2008
As a sailor with a love of cruising and a Christian who loves Jesus,this book left me wanting more - more sailing and more God. I finished the story - and can not tell you if Lin & Janet have a personal relationship with Jesus, or if they are simply academics with a cebreal knowledge of what and why Paul took the jouney that he did. I loved the detail that was provided about the journey - and would recommend it to anyone traveling that route, but the sailing knowledge was too thin for this to be a travel log on a cruising journey, and the absence of spiritual connections make it weak as a spiritual reference.

 
Sailing in the Apostle Paul's wake  Dec 29, 2007
This book follows an American couple sailing the Mediterranean sea as they retrace some of the Apostle Paul's journeys by sea. The premise is a good one and there are lots of colour photographs to help with the storytelling which switches between discussions of the boat, visiting various sites by foot or moped, talking with local people about their knowledge of St Paul, overwintering in Israel and other musings. The book starts with his purchase of a boat, a British-built Westerly 33 ketch, with the inevitable difficulties with language and registration for an American buying a boat in Greece and registering it as a US boat. However the book soon moves on to the actual journeys in the newly-christened yacht SailingActs.

The travels of the author were always interesting and for an armchair sailor or tourist they evoked wonderful images of sun, sea, ancient ruins and exploration. The links to the journeys of Paul sometimes seemed rather tenuous - for example "Today is my birthday. I have a feeling I will not forget this one for a while. Paul had a number of birthdays in the Aegean. Who knows, maybe even his 54th." It felt like he had to mention Paul whenever possible because that was the purpose of the book and his Sabbatical, even when it seemed rather contrived. However there are lots of interesting comments where he talks to the local Greek and Turkish people about the journeys of Paul and whether they knew of the Apostle; it's clear that the Greeks are very proud of Paul's part in their history and heritage although the Turkish people were generally unfamiliar with Paul, which is not too surprising for a Muslim country.

There isn't that much about the actual sailing in this book, although the author does include information about the various maintenance headaches consistent with an older boat such as this, so this isn't a book that would appeal to a sailor who had no interest in Paul. Equally there wasn't any great theological exploration or biblical insight but I did find his discussions with local people about the position of Paul in their culture illuminating. The book wasn't even a real travelogue, not giving very much detail about the individual places he visited on land, most of the Greek and Turkish villages merging into one another within the narrative. It worked more as a general book for those interested in both Paul and in sailing and who enjoy imagining life on a boat, then and now.

This book would have benefited from more stringent copy editing. In the first few chapters the boat manufacturer Beneteau is spelled Benentau, the CQR anchor is called CRQ throughout, a British person says a sentence using American English, the Areopagus is spelled Aeropogus in some places but correctly elsewhere, and there are several more errors of this kind that were rather irritating. However I was impressed by the author's cosmopolitan and broadminded attitude, one not often found in American travellers to Europe; he was able to put aside (most of the time at least) his American worldview and culture and to try to understand the cultures in which he was travelling and appreciate the good things in the different countries. This is a book that would appeal to sailors who also have an interest in Greece or in the journeys of Paul but it doesn't work entirely well for those who are just interested in one of those items; overall, however, it showed how tempting it is to voyage in the Med and made me wonder if one day we'd take our boat down there.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2007
 
Ready to Make the Next Voyage  Nov 6, 2007
This book combines two of my favorite topics, sailing and biblical history/geogrpahy. The sailing stories provide a great travel log and cover some of the pitfalls of dealing with international bureaucracy. The biblical geography stays away from deep theology and provides a great understanding of what travel may have been like in the Roman Empire era Mediterranean.

 
Informative and amusing travel memoir  Sep 4, 2007
In the classic sailing yarn tradition of Joshua Slocum, Linford Stutzman welcomes the reader to join him and his wife, Janet, on board his modest sailboat during two seasons of sea travel, following the journeys of Paul in the Mediterreanean and the Roman Empire.

Chronicling his travels with humor and insight, Stutzman crafts an energetic and accessible narrative that informs and educates the reader on the life and travels of Paul.

Both a history lesson and a travel memoir, the author avoids the temptation to paint himself in a perfect light, offering the reader an honest look at the stresses that traveling put on a relationship, and the enormous contribution that his wife made to the success of the journey.

While Stutzman's enthusiasm for Paul occasionally causes him to belabor a points, he leaves the reader with a better appreciation of Paul and his role an a Christian ambassador to the Roman world, and a vivid memoir of the sights, sounds and experiences traveling around the Mediterreanean for two sailing seasons.

Recommended.
 
Sailing Acts  Aug 10, 2007
I am a sailor and was interested in the book from a sailing as well as a Biblical angle. I particularly enjoyed the description of the social and political atmosphere in which Paul lived. Frequently the Roman Empire descriptions are ignored when refering to the first century.
 

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