Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, by Tod Bolsinger
I have always been fascinated by history—how real people navigated real troubles in other days. The bare bones of biographies always left a lot of room for my imagination . . .
Last spring in our annual tribal meeting, our district leader gave his report inspired by and incorporating elements from this book, Canoeing the Mountains. Sitting there in the meeting, I went online and purchased it. It took me a while to remember that I had ordered it, but when I did I made time to read it, and I am very glad I did.
The overarching premise for this book is one of the most inspirational adventure stories in our American heritage: the Lewis and Clark Expedition. How does a pastor/theology professor see a nationwide mapping exploration as an analogy for Christianity in America today? The parallels are staggering, and Bolsinger tightly illustrates how we can learn from a history we know to chart the future we cannot know.