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"God's creation immerses us in both heart-stopping beauty and adrenalin-producing danger. Many people go to the wilderness with a camera for solace and comfort. Murray Pura goes with two dogs and a rifle, quite aware of the risk and unpredictability of the wild. This devotional excursion through 'what God has wrought' is rooted in Scripture and amplified in prayer."--Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College
"Pastor Pura loves the great outdoors and writes about his often breathtaking experiences of it with intimacy, immediacy, and a kind of quivering vividness that makes his book un-put-downable."--J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"Murray Pura invites you to join him in rugged and wild forest, field, and ocean adventures. Some of these adventures are planned and some are serendipitous, but he uses all of his experiences to reflect on the majesty and grandness of our Creator God."--Robert D. Blackaby, PhD, president, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College
Murray Pura was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1986, Pura has served five churches and has fifteen books published. An award-winning author, Pura has an MDiv from Acadia University and Baptist Divinity School and a ThM and DCS from Regent College (Vancouver). He lives by the Rocky Mountains near Calgary, Alberta.
Posted May 14, 2013
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Majestic and Wild: by Canadian author, Murray Pura
published by Baker Books
released April 15.13
Inspiring adventures in the wilds of Canada, Canadian author, Murray Pura, provides greater glimpses into the majesty and beauty of our country and Creator.
From camping tales to heroics, we journey outback trails and wilderness with Pura. Sometimes solitary, sometimes in company with his family or wild menagerie. But always with increased insights into the ways of nature and of God.
Pura's writings vividly portray roaring mountain rivers to the dance of the Aurora Borealis; scents of the pine to freshly falling rainshowers.
Captivating stories of forest fires consuming vast areas of forest and relational loneliness of isolation in the midst of overwhelming beauty.
Spiritual insights are offered with gentleness; woven naturally into the fabric of the adventure. Some quotes of note-
"The wild is one of the best regions to rediscover your faith."
"A wild place in the wet is altogether different. There is a hush, the birds are not calling... everything is waiting for the rain to finish its work..."
"The woods during a long rain are a gift from God, custom made for deep thought... for worship of God that is personal and profound..."
"..rainfall is seen as a nuisance or inconvenience.. when, in fact, its beauty can offer us rare experiences if only we enter into it. Unfortunately, we withdraw from many of life's trials and challenges which could be transforming if properly embraced."
"we need to pray for a fearless heart that retreats from nothing but faces everything"
Pura adds nature quotes from various others such as Luther, Browning and Muir and relevant writings that illustrate the scriptures referenced in each chapter.
Highly recommended for all who enjoy adventure and well suited for gift giving such as Father's Day or birthdays.
Thank you, Murray, for sharing these enlightening perspectives on your abundant spiritual journeys.
Gratefully received from Baker Books for reading and review without obligation.
Posted April 15, 2013
Majestic and Wild is a great adventurous experience for 31 days. I must admit I could not wait that long to read all those great stories. The author drew me in from the first story and I didn’t want to stop reading. For each day the author is offering one or two bible verses and is sharing one of his experiences in the wild—adventures in the forest or field, on the river, or encounters with wild animals. These experiences have taught him rich spiritual lessons—lessons that will also teach the reader more about God and His creation.
The vivid descriptions will make you feel like you are watching over the author’s shoulder. It will give you the feeling you are visiting the wild and experiencing what the author saw. It takes a talented writer to make you feel like you are living the adventures in a book—to make you see them in your mind’s eye. Murray Pura is that writer who is blessed with this special gift of art in writing. His writing is like a cool stream or a gentle wind—so refreshing.
This book awakened many emotions—happiness to see God’s glory, sadness to see the wickedness of men, it brought a smile to my face to read some humorous comments between the lines, and I have also wiped away a tear at some emotional parts. Above all this book left me in awe of God’s glorious creation.
This book is for men and women who enjoy the outdoors. Get your copy of Majestic and Wild and go on an unforgettable adventure. While reading you will learn some valuable and biblical lessons…and you will be blessed!