Map Is Not the Journey: Faith Renewed While Hiking the Alps

Map Is Not the Journey: Faith Renewed While Hiking the Alps

by Richard Dahlstrom


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Replace weariness with refreshment, obligations with passion, and staleness with joy.

After twenty years of working the same job, Richard was burned out. When a close friend died, grief led to questions about faith, meaning, work, and life. Seeking answers, Richard hiked four hundred kilometers through the Alps in forty days.

The profoundly shaping experiences in our lives are often born out of the mundane rather than the spectacular, yet there is also great value in stepping away from ''normal'' life for a period of time. This is especially true for developing companionship with God, which is less about prescribed practices imposed by religious institutions, and more about being open to what God has to reveal through the beauty of creation, the challenge of trials, and the joy of companions. Richard's experiences and discoveries illustrate that we were all created for beauty, and opening ourselves to it every day is vital to keeping our faith fresh and alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891125266
Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Richard Dahlstrom has been Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle since 1995. The congregation has grown from one location to six, with lead pastors gathering weekly for study, prayer, and support seeking to be the presence of Christ in the Northwest and globally, He also teaches internationally at conferences, retreats, and Torchbearers Bible Schools. He's the author of Breathing New Life Into Faith and The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Love. Father of three grown children, when not preaching or leading, you'll find him in the mountains with his wife hiking, skiing, climbing, or drinking coffee. Follow him at

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Journeys Define Us 11

Section 1 Hearing

Chapter 1 Accidental Climbers 15

Chapter 2 Decisions and Their Roots 25

Section 2 Preparation

Chapter 3 Getting Off Our Butts and Out of Our Heads 39

Chapter 4 Equipment 51

Chapter 5 Maps 63

Section 3 Journey

Chapter 6 Adaptation 77

Chapter 7 Change 95

Chapter 8 Exposure 107

Chapter 9 People 123

Chapter 10 Shelter 135

Chapter 11 Endurance 147

Chapter 12 Towns 163

Chapter 13 Last Tour 177

Chapter 14 Solitude 191


Chapter 15 Home 205

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is groundbreaking, I could read it again and again. Richard's writing is honest and vulnerable, through his experiences I was able to see how brokenness and humility can motivate us back to a deeper relationship with Christ. I purchased this book at a time where I felt like I was burning out spiritually and physically. Entering year 2 of living in a big city, working for a major pharma company striving to meet KPI's and giving every moment of my spare time to ministry work. I was striving before God and before man. This book helped me to find my reset button in the truth that what matters more than attainment and maintenance of any of these "good gifts" is my relationship with Christ! In this, I don't have to do anything except living in communion with the Father. This knowledge is freeing! Yes, it doesn't always stick, mostly it is a daily process of being reminded of this truth but there's so much grace for us! My recommendation is that if you are in a spiritual drought, read this book, it will help you to find your "reset" button.