Going Deep into the Virtues

What does surfing, skydiving, and martial arts have to do with the Gospel? A lot, especially if you’re Bear Woznick. Deep Adventure: The Way of Heroic Virtue looks at the seven principle virtues – justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude, faith, hope, and love – and gives advice on how to live a virtuous life. Woznick relates how his life as a surfer, pilot, and black-belt has helped him practice the virtues that saints throughout the history of the Church have practiced in their own lives.

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Each virtue is explained with the help of the Catechism, then illustrated through Bear Woznick’s life and the lives of holy men and women throughout history. For each virtue, Woznick challenges the reader to employ that virtue in his own life. Woven throughout the stories that relate to each virtue is a single story of a daring rescue of two inexperienced stand-up paddle boarders who, unbeknownst to them, were caught out in the ocean as a major storm approached Hawaii.

The explanations of the virtues are clear and given without pulling punches; the challenge to live each one is obvious. However, nothing here seems out-of-reach, even to a person who might not be accustomed to striving to live a heroically virtuous life. The book manages to issue the challenge to live a Christian life without feeling preachy. In fact, it makes a virtuous Christian life sound exciting and daring! And for those readers who might already have a deep desire to life a virtuous life, the stories used to illustrate each virtue are fascinating. I’m not a fan of surfing (and have no desire to try it out, to be frank), but I really loved the way Bear tied our innate desire to be united with God to surfing, skydiving, and an adventurous life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have a lot of highlighted passages that contain insights. I am now ready to pass Deep Adventure on to both my husband and older daughter (who, herself, loves adventure). I even plan to purchase a copy for my former pastor, who happens to be a surfer, too. It’s been said that living a faithful Christian life is an adventure, and Bear Woznick definitely has plenty of examples to prove it!

I received a copy of this book for my honest review. I can honestly say that I loved it!

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