We Stood Upon Stars – Finding God in Lost Places by Roger W. Thompson
I took one look at the cover of this book and wanted to go camping. I knew I needed to read it and ended up devouring it in with a day. It’s all about the adventures of the author as he finds himself, and gets closer to God in nature. Straight from the Acknowledgments: “At the heart of this book lies a love letter to the outdoors.” That sums it up. I love to be in nature, I love to see new places, and beautiful sights. I don’t get to do that as often as I’d like but traveling is something I’ve always wanted to do. I want to see waterfalls, and mountains and the beautiful wonders of the world, or at the very least of the United States.
Each chapter of this book starts with a map, detailing the area, with suggested places to visit, and places to eat. Each chapter is a story of an adventure and what the author learned from it. It starts in his hometown of Ventura, California “because the dust under our feet defines who we are.” He takes us through his life, growing a family with his wife, having kids, and losing a beloved pet, to losing a grandfather who raised him. He talks about his travels and the sights he encountered. He enforces the fact that we need to stop and appreciate nature “We can look up and be shaped by mountains and sunsets. Or we can look down and be shaped by devices and yet another selfie.” “The better place in is the wild, where mountains out problems in perspective and the lack of programs and walls gives us direct access to God.” He urges us to go out and experience nature. See new things and try new things. “If I wasn’t careful memories of the things we did would be eclipsed by regrets of the things we didn’t.”
This books is full of great quotes and insights. I marked all of my favorites with page flags as I read. I get what the author is saying. I feel closer to God when I’m outside in nature than I do when I’m in church, because He created the world around us and all of the beautiful things. We should go out and enjoy them, bask in their beauty and grow closer the One who created it all.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves nature, loves to travel and be outdoors. To anyone who grows bored in church and is looking for a better way to connect with our Creator. So if given the chance, pick this book up, read it, absorb it’s wisdom and then go camping.