Monday, February 4, 2013

The Way of the River: My Journey of Fishing, Forgiveness and Spiritual Recovery

A Fishing Book Worth Reading On All Levels

I recently got a new book to read lately and all I can say is that I wish I had a few more like these on my bookshelf! I enjoyed this book very much and it must run in the family. My Dad was in town and he swiped it from me since he was so intrigued by it. Looks like I may have to find another copy since Pops now keeps it in his fishing library!

The Way of the River is a collection of memoirs and autobiographical stories that reflect Randy Kadish’s long journey of fly fishing and spiritual recovery. The journey, often difficult, often gratifying, began when he finally admitted to himself that he couldn’t communicate, and that his life had become unmanageable. Then, after he asked for help, he looked back into his life and relived the deep pain and loss that began during his very traumatic childhood. To soothe himself with the beauty of the outdoors, he turned to fishing. As he struggled to come to terms with his past, and then with the loss of his parents, he wrote about his journey of recovery, especially of how he was made better by many of the people he met along the way, like Carlos, an immigrant and bait fisherman who seemingly appeared out of nowhere, and then helped Randy see people in a
more sympathetic light.

(Soon Randy's memoirs appeared in many publications including, The FlyFisher, FlyFishing & Tying Journal, and Yale Anglers’ Journal.)

Finally, after an unexpected crisis, he found a surprising way to forgive and to connect to the good in the world.

The fishing in this collection takes place in and near New York City, including the East and Hudson Rivers, the streams of Westchester, and the lakes of Central and Prospect Parks.

About the Author
He is a native New Yorker. After a good deal of disappointment, he gave up writing. Then his mother passed away, and he found that fishing helped ease his grief. Almost accidently, he wrote and sold a fishing article. Afterwards, his articles and memoirs appeared in many publications, including The Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal and Yale Anglers' Journal.

Much of his writing is about how the challenges of fishing and the beauty of the outdoors helped him come to terms with loss and with a world he can't always understand. In a sense, his writing is autobiographical, as it reflects his own gratifying, but at times, difficult journey of emotional and spiritual recovery.

More about this book or to order a copy Here

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