A favorite pastime for many, fishing can provide rare moments for reflecting on what is important and meaningful in life. In "The Catch" William Vande Kopple draws on time spent fishing and explores the role it has played in his life, relationships, and faith.
Loosely based on his own life, the twenty well-crafted stories in this book will resonate with anyone who values time spent with family and enjoys evocative descriptions of God's creation. With humor, thoughtfulness, and sometimes poignancy, Vande Kopple tells tales inspired by his past, from his boyhood in western Michigan through more recent fishing adventures and misadventures with his three sons.
But one doesn't have to like fishing to enjoy "The Catch." Throughout the book Vande Kopple grapples with spiritual matters (the nature of grace and play, freedom and law, human versus divine control), probes strained family relationships, and depicts aspects of the natural world in vivid detail -- even as he keeps on telling awfully good stories.