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For many, hunting is much more than just the harvest. The fresh air, rising sun, a birds song and a cool breeze all add up to make the hunt. As my fellow hunters know, nature has a certain way of getting to you; when you are in the woods, you escape reality. Personally, I look forward to hunting because I get to flee the concrete jungle of college and enjoy nature at its core. Unfortunately, many times I am forced to bring the classroom with me and study in the woods, but even then I find that I am much more efficient in my studies. I have also found that hunting is a spiritual release for me, it’s a time for me to really get in touch with my faith. In a way, the Great Outdoors is my library and my professor!

Recently I have come across a book that applied directly to me: The Deer Hunter’s Devotional. I always pray for safety before success, as being in the great outdoors is all that I really need. In the Deer Hunter’s Devotional, author Sean Jeffries reaches out to those on the hunt for game, but also for the Heart of God. Sean explores topics such as scouting for deer during the preseason, choosing your hunting equipment, the excitement of opening day and of course, the harvest. Each chapter in the book ties such lessons in with carefully selected scripture chosen to highlight the subject at hand. He teaches you ways to better communicate with God during your endeavors. Reading this book is much like completing a connect the dot puzzle, Sean points out how we can connect all aspects of deer hunting… to our faith! At the least he effectively communicates ways that hunters can better appreciate their resources, how we can really appreciate the deer, or any animal for that matter, for what it really was. What did that animal do day in and day out, what did it eat, where did it eat? One can gain such an appreciation for nature, especially after reading this book.

All in all, hunting is so much more than simply walking into the woods and shooting a deer. It can be an experience that literally connects you with Mother Nature, and most importantly the Big Man Upstairs. I urge you to read the Deer Hunter’s Devotional; it is a quick read that really packs a punch. And besides, what hunter doesn’t want to read about hunting!?