I love to read good books. Books take me to places I may never be able to visit in my lifetime. Books inspire me to rush outside and experience the best nature has provided. My bond with books is probably what led me into writing. Now, in my own small way, I’m hopefully bringing others pleasure and taking them to places they could not have imagined.
Below, I’ve listed 14 books which I highly recommend for the outdoorsman or sportsman. These books contain elements of adventure, inspiration, history, courage, and bravery. Some are classics and some are not so well known. Except for a few, I can’t claim them all to be Christian works, but they do portray man’s toil with nature, and his inner drive to subdue the world. Nature’s not always the beautiful and perfect place we’d like it to be. Sometimes it shows its darker side. It can leave us feeling small and frail. Then we are reminded of a better world beyond.
Here’s the list:
A Look at Life from a Deer Stand by Steve Chapman
Outdoors with God by Lance Moore
Hooked for Life by Jimmy Houston
The Wilderness Hunter by Theodore Roosevelt
Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches by Theodore Roosevelt
Hunt with Fred Bear by Dick Lattimer
Call of the Wild by Jack London
White Fang by Jack London
The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo by J.H. Patterson
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
As I was building this list, it occurred to me that I’d overlooked a very important book—the Bible. That’s right—but I think this one stands on its own. The Bible is replete with stories about outdoorsmen—nomads, farmers, shepherds, hunters, fishermen, archers, campers, hikers, etc. God amazingly uses illustrations from His own creation to reveal the spirit world and His principles—water, earth, fire, animals, wind, blood, plants, landscape, celestial objects, etc. God has interacted with man through the outdoors and has shown us His glory—creation, the flood, the burning bush, parting the Red Sea, closing the mouth of lions, multiplying fish, walking on water, controlling the weather, catching fish, Bethlehem’s Star, etc.
Thank you, God for revealing yourself to us through your creation and through your Word. Thank you for the world you’ve given us. Continue to show us your ways and your will.
“The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
How about you? Do you have some inspiring outdoor books you’d like to add to the list?