Wisdom Chaser (Nathan Foster) | Book Note

Some people’s lives seem messier than others. It always comes as a surprise when it’s “the pastor’s kid” who goes off the deep end. That’s Nathan’s story in Wisdom Chaser.

Wisdom Chaser is a collection of short thoughts and stories from a son who is getting to know himself and his father. The setting is the collection of 14,000 foot mountains of Colorado. And, it all starts with an estranged relationship and a risky question: “Do you want to climb the 14-ers, Dad?”

With the stories of adventure and failure on the mountain, interspersed by life’s parallels in the normal places of life, Nathan and his dad Richard (of Christian spirituality fame, a la The Celebration of Discipline) explore the mystery of one another and of God. The core of the story is learning humility, and accepting oneself as a person who is low – that life is made up of this very moment and not meant to be the pursuit of being the top person on whichever ladder you’re dreaming of. We need freedom from that competition that dehumanizes. We need salvation from The Western Way.

This is a page flipper. I got so involved in the story that I read the book in a day and a half; I was eager to get to the next part of the adventure, the next bit of wisdom that Nathan and his dad Richard discover.

In reading, I felt a permission, yet again, to relax and be myself, and share and tell stories with others. Sometimes I feel like I’ve had enough talk on theology and spiritual matters and want to just spend time with a few people telling stories (which I wonder, if those stories in the end would carry more theological and spiritual depth and meaning than anything else we could have been talking about).

…I wonder.