Just over 20 years ago something changed Ordin's life and set a course of change for many others. For each, these three days represents a point in the path of their life in which all they have known for the past 20 years can change... or not. Where there is an element of "chance", "fortune", "the karma of the universe", or "God"; there is also the undeniable element of choice. Enjoy, understand, and perhaps even learn from each character. Perhaps you will be able to relate to one or more of them.
This fiction novel touches upon relationships, circumstance, reaction vs response, choice, consequences, forgiveness, and hope.
Fishing with God is a book that is cathartic, it's an alchemist style written book. It delves into the deepest longings of the human soul. To solve pain, anguish and questions beyond our grasp, those questions you try to grasp, but need help in solving, so you get on the bus and move forward to the answers. Ordin's journey speaks to all of us and moves us towards the answers one may not want to hear, but need to for our self-preservation. It's well written and as a reader you will identify with one or two or five of the characters written. Chris Gordon and Shane Hutchison have outdone themselves on writing this spiritual journey. - Darcy Robinson
Fishing with God by Chris Gordon and Shane Hutchison is a unique work, full of insights into the human condition and refreshingly written. It works well on its own unique merit and perspective as a series of character studies linked together by a situation and story line. - anonymous editor review
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About the Author
Chris was born in Babylon N.Y. the son of an Artist father and mother whom was a gospel singer, Chris developed a love for artistic expression, listening to his mother sing and watching his father create. He remembers writing song lyrics as early as 10 years old. His love for written prose arose from a tenuous relationship with his 10th grade english teach Mr. Stallman. He also accredits a large part of his literal style and understanding to Jacob Liptkin, the great American sculptor, who's works don the walkway of Harvard university and the Smithsonian. When he entered the professional world, he worked as a Stock Broker throughout the 90's, before becoming a Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch and then serving as District Manager of Orange County for American Express Financial Advisors. Chris worked in high finance for several years, before he obtained his first job in film finance in, September of 2003. Today, he is a father and has become a seasoned feature film, documentary and television production and business development professional.
Shane was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho at which he lived for a whole 10 weeks before moving on to Hartford, CT. A short two years later Shane found himself living in Phoenix, AZ. From birth to present Shane has lived at over 90 addresses across 16 states including a short 6 months in France, proving to be a modern-day nomad with the drive to have as many life and people experiences as he can.
Shane was raised in "Mormon" (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) religion where he gained the foundation of his own faith. His "Mom" (1st stepmother who raised him) was raised in the Methodist faith. A few years after serving an honorable gospel preaching mission for the Mormon church, Shane found himself no longer finding continuous expansive growth for himself in any religion. At the age of 28, Shane accepted his same-sex attractions.
Shane has always enjoyed reading and writing since early schooldays. A very patient instructor at Goucher College was instrumental in helping him hone his skills from writing to the 5% to writing for the greater population, expanding the potential reach of his voice.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite The writing team of Chris Gordon and Shane Hutchison takes you on a spiritual journey in their novel Fishing with God. Ordin’s life had been marked by one fatal accident. His life now a void, he finds solace on the lake. It has become a ritual, a time to be alone, his fishing with God. One day he decides it is time to move on with his life, to get beyond the pain and seek out forgiveness. Ordin’s choice results in a chain reaction; although he is alone, he coexists. His decision touches the lives of others. Held within his story lie the stories of others, and on one fateful day they all intersect at a crossroads of choice. Each one experiences an epiphany, an awakening, an opportunity to take ownership of their lives. Some find redemption and hope, a new beginning, while others remain caught in the web of their self-centered choices, lost within their darkened souls, shadowed by what could have been. Chris Gordon and Shane Hutchison come from different backgrounds; they meld together in a collaborative effort and write a strange piece of fiction in Fishing with God. They crafted a drama of truth-seeking, by creating a story and a cast of unique characters who embody, portray and define their idealistic philosophies pertaining to life. The chapters are short, jumping from character to character, exchanging points of view during the same time period. This writing technique moves the story quickly. However, the action abruptly halts when the chapters portray the voice of the narrator. These inclusions of philosophical thought cause the reader to stop and ponder in a non-fictional manner, thus creating an odd narrative. The theme of Fishing with God focuses on free will, choice, and the existence of God. Life is not easy; we are challenged by difficult decisions. Sometimes we don’t even have the opportunity to decide, something out of our control takes over, and we are left in the aftermath of an unprecedented event. We experience conflict and pain, hope and defeat, and sorrow and joy. However, we have the choice to decide whether our scars will be “beauty marks or birth defects.” This extraordinary novel ends with a question, leaving the reader wondering what they believe.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Fishing With God by Shane Hutchison and Chris Gordon is a spiritual novel that will make you reflect upon your life and how you have been living it. This novel isn’t really about one character. It is about a multitude of characters that find peace. This novel is about the unpredictable nature of our lives; one moment these characters are the happiest they could be and the next, they are destroyed. Or they are lost ... but the next moment they could be happy because they found what really matters in life. There is hope, anguish, forgiveness, chances, choices, and so much more. It is a life. Literally. Although Ordin is the main character, the novel is so much more than that. What really moves the reader is the fact that the writer did not leave anything untouched. In these 300 or so pages, you will read a lifetime of suffering, pain, joy, and ecstasy. These emotions are shown in their most raw form. You can feel these emotions and how Ordin feels when he has to make a choice. I loved the fact that this novel made me work it out. The writing style is very similar to that of Paulo Coelho. You will have to draw your own understanding; you don’t have everything handed to you, which is pretty much what life is like. It is refreshing, enlightening, and very encouraging. It makes you want to be brave enough to make those choices you have been putting off. Like Ordin, maybe one of them will take our lives where they should be and where we want it. A very good, enlightening and refreshing read.